The Sign of the Beaver

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Apr 27, 1983 - Juvenile Fiction - 144 pages
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Although he faces responsibility bravely, thirteen-year-old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness. When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or to protect himself. When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier.

Elizabeth George Speare’s Newbery Honor-winning survival story is filled with wonderful detail about living in the wilderness and the relationships that formed between settlers and natives in the 1700s. Now with an introduction by Joseph Bruchac.

 

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What a beautiful book to read aloud, curled up on the couch with my daughter and a cat. I love the slow growth of Matt's relationship with Attean, and how Speare doesn't shy away from writing about ... Read full review

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Gedell Ellington Review; This book was about a young boy at the age of 13 left alone to guard the family's wilderness. The young boy didn't know how to survive but he soon learned from Indians. back ... Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
7
CHAPTER 3
11
CHAPTER 4
19
CHAPTER 5
22
CHAPTER 6
26
CHAPTER 7
32
CHAPTER 8
36
CHAPTER 16
76
CHAPTER 17
84
CHAPTER 18
90
CHAPTER 19
99
CHAPTER 20
106
CHAPTER 21
110
CHAPTER 22
115
CHAPTER 23
120

CHAPTER 9
39
CHAPTER 10
45
CHAPTER 11
51
CHAPTER 12
59
CHAPTER 13
63
CHAPTER 14
68
CHAPTER 15
71
CHAPTER 24
127
CHAPTER 25
130
Back Flap
137
Back Cover
138
Spine
139
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About the author (1983)

"I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908. I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can't imagine ever calling any other place on earth home. Since I can't remember a time when I didn't intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long getting around to it in earnest. But the years seemed to go by very quickly. In 1936 I married Alden Speare and came to Connecticut. Not till both children were in junior high did I find time at last to sit down quietly with a pencil and paper. I turned naturally to the things which had filled my days and thoughts and began to write magazine articles about family living. Then one day I stumbled on a true story from New England history with a character who seemed to me an ideal heroine. Though I had my first historical novel almost by accident it soon proved to be an absorbing hobby." Elizabeth George Speare (1908-1994) won the 1959 Newbery Medal for THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, and the 1962 Newbery Medal for THE BRONZE BOW. She also received a Newbery Honor Award in 1983, and in 1989 she was presented with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children’s literature.