The Arrow Over the Door
A powerful novel of the Revolutionary War
To fourteen-year-old Samuel Russell, called "coward" for his peace-loving Quaker beliefs, the summer of 1777 is a time of fear. The British and the Patriots will soon meet in battle near his home in Saratoga, New York. The Quakers are in danger from roaming Indians and raiders -- yet to fight back is not the Friends' way.
To Stands Straight, a young Abenaki Indian on a scouting mission for the British, all Americans are enemies, for they killed his mother and brother. But in a Quaker Meetinghouse he will come upon Americans unlike any he has ever seen. What will the encounter bring? Based on a real historical incident, this fast-paced and moving story is a powerful reminder that "the way of peace...can be walked by all human beings".
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AbigailAdams26 - LibraryThing
Set near Saratoga, New York in 1777, this short historical novel follows the parallel stories of two young boys, one a Quaker farm-boy, the other an Abenaki scout. As Samuel Russell agonizes over the ... Read full review
THE ARROW OVER THE DOORUser Review - Jane Doe - Kirkus
In alternating chapters, Bruchac (Lasting Echoes, p. 1641, etc.) describes two 14-year-old boys, one a Quaker and one an Abenaki Indian, whose lives at the time of the Revolution will eventually ... Read full review