Panther in the Sky

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Turtleback Books, 1989 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 684 pages
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Thom shows how, in honest, capable hands, fictionalized biography can add verisimilitude to the life and times of this extraordinary America....The dialogue has the ring of reality about it....Thom is able to get into the thoughts and emotions of his characters....
Rich, colorful and bursting with excitment, this remarkable story turns James Alexander Thom's power and passion for American history to the epic story of Tecumseh's life and give us a heart-thumping novel of one man's magnificent destiny--to unite his people in the struggle to save their land and their way of life from the relentless press of the white settlers.

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Well researched and presented - Goodreads
I get very caught up in his writing. - Goodreads
I found myself skipping battle scenes. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Susan Kamps - Goodreads

Exceptionally well researched fiction about Tecumseh, the Shawnee people, and white expansion which decimated their nation. Personally, it was a bit too long for me... I found myself skipping battle scenes. But excellent, nonetheless. Read full review

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User Review  - HornFan2 (Mich) - Goodreads

A must read for anyone that reads Native American historical books! Read full review

About the author (1989)

James Alexander Thom was formerly a U.S. Marine, a newspaper and magazine editor, and a member of the faculty at the Indiana University Journalism School. He is the author of "Follow the River", "Long Knife", "From Sea to Shining Sea", "Panther in the Sky" (for which he won the prestigious Western Writers of America Spur Award for best historical novel), "Sign-Talker", "The Children of First Man", and "The Red Heart". He lives in the Indiana hill country near Bloomington with his wife, Dark Rain of the Shawnee Nation, United Remnant Band. Dark Rain is a director of the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Planning Council. The author's Website is:

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