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It's 1952 in a small prairie town, and bigotry is a way of life. Will and Arthur have been friends forever, but folks figure it won't last. Whites and Indians always outgrow their friendships -- or so they say. And now the boys have made a grisly discovery that threatens to unravel the very fabric of their friendship. A local Indian and World War II hero has been beaten and left for dead near the railway tracks. While the police conclude that a train caused Yellowfly's injuries, Will and Arthur know better. To find answers, they'll have to pursue the case on their own. In their search for justice, the boys discover that true brotherhood sometimes calls for sacrifice. And that courage, like cowardice, can take many forms.
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Ted Stenhouse grew up in Gleichen, Alberta. He now lives in Wahpeton, North Dakota.From School Library Journal:
Gr 5-8-In 1952, Grayson is a Canadian town divided by railroad tracks and racism. When sixth-grader Will Samson and his best friend, Arthur, a Blackfoot Indian, find the beaten and barely alive body of Yellowfly near the railroad tracks, they know that the war hero could not have been hit by a train as Sergeant Findley claims. They know that Yellowfly was beaten by townspeople, and that Findley is not going to do anything to find them. So, torn by the prejudices of his own people and loyalty to Arthur, Will sets out to solve the mystery himself. After seeing the humiliation that Arthur and the other children endure at the Reservation school and the scorn given to Indians and anyone who associates with them, Will begins to look inside himself, at his own racist attitude. The novel is a sensitive portrayal of how one boy's brave and selfless actions can help to change a community. Deft characterization adds depth to the story, but the plot moves methodically and may lose readers midstream.
Heather Dieffenbach, Lexington Public Library, KY
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Book Description Kids Can Press, 2001. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1553370155
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