When a young Mexican boy, Julio Montoya, accompanies his father to Bent's Fort in Colorado, disaster strikes, and Julio is saved by Cheyenne who carry him to their camp. By the author of Fireflies.
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Mary Peace Finley grew up along the Arkansas River near the site of Bent s Fort and the old Santa Fe Trail. She attended public schools in Fowler, Colorado, and is a graduate of the University of Denver. She has taught English as a foreign language in Latin America and the United States and teaches fiction writing classes and workshops. Her award-winning historical novels, Soaring Eagle, White Grizzly, and Meadow Lark, make up the Santa Fe Trail Trilogy. Other publications include Little Fox s Secret The Mystery of Bent s Fort, The Matchbox, Tiger Tales, Fireflies, and Fernitickles; magazine articles, and television scripts for Marty Stouffer's Wild America. She lives in Colorado.From Kirkus Reviews:
Blond, green-eyed Julio knows he's not Mexican like the rest of his family. In 1845, he accompanies Pap to Bent's Fort, Colorado, after hearing that someone there may answer the tormenting questions about his origins. After Pap is killed by Apaches, Julio--injured, snow-blind, starving--is rescued by Cheyennes. Their generosity and kindness overcome his initial wariness, and he resolves the conflict between his Catholic heritage and participation in their ceremonies to become Cheyenne, follow their customs, earn the name ``Soaring Eagle,'' and eventually learn from his friend Dancing Feather the sorrowful lesson that ``Nothing lives long, only the earth and the mountains,'' while a vision quest helps him recall his early life. Though deeply affected by his new ideas, Julio is bereft when Dancing Feather dies in battle. Alone, isolated in anger and grief and unable to accept ``the Cheyenne way,'' he seeks answers and his future at Bent's Fort. Finley's deliberate pace may challenge readers, but her old-fashioned descriptions of the sweat-lodge ceremony, eagle trapping, and other particulars of Cheyenne life are well-crafted and richly detailed. A frequently exciting, thought-provoking story; a good candidate for social studies lists. (Fiction. 10+) -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 000-002: Hardcover with Dustjacket. 166 pages. No Defects. A New Unread Book. A beautiful, square, tight copy with clean, unmarked pages. Tight hinges - book has never been opened. Outstanding Gift Quality. Julio Montoya, a thirteen-year-old boy in 1845, finds friendship and a clue to his identity while living with the Cheyenne tribe that rescued him on the Santa Fe Trail. Fantastic Painted Jacket Art by Ronald Himler. 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 First Edition, First Printing 1993. Published by Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers. Bookseller Inventory # 31393
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0671755986
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0671755986
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