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Title: Water at the Blue Earth
Publisher: Roberts Rinehart Publishers, Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A.
Publication Date: 1998
Book Condition: Good
Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Edition: First Edition.
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In 1854, twelve-year-old Wren and her parents move from Boston to the New Mexico territory, where she befriends a blind Ute boy and ultimately must decide whether or not to disobey her father and warn her friend of a surprise attack planned by the settlers.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-6?In 1854, 12-year-old Wren Taylor and her parents travel from Boston to her father's new medical post, Fort Massachusetts, in New Mexico territory. Unsure around other children, Wren gradually befriends Luther, a blind Ute sent to the fort's school to learn English. Together, the friends explore the territory, learning about one another's culture in the process. When tensions between the settlers and the Utes arise, the courageous Wren must decide where her true loyalties lie. The author provides an accurate, fair portrayal of white and Native American characters. A few historical facts have been rearranged for storytelling purposes, but the author has poured a lot of research into a simple telling. Prejudices of the time are incorporated, including the military caste system, but no characters are seen as right or wrong. Wren often seems older than her years, frequently foreshadowing events with her dire predictions. The Ute culture is sympathetically portrayed, although some readers may question the abilities shown by Luther. An easy, worthwhile read that's sure to start discussions of loyalty and the obligations of friendship.?Mary B. McCarthy, Windsor Severance Library District, CO
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