Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple

Main Page
Author List
Title List
New This 
Interest Level
Subject List
Book Review 
Reading lists
Nancy Keane's Children's 
email me
Alder, Elizabeth.
New York : Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2002.
IL 5-8, RL 8.1
ISBN 0374316627
Do you like reading fiction books based on the lives of real people?  What about people who lived a long time ago?  Then you may be interested in the life of Billy Caldwell.  Billy was the teenage son of a Mohawk mother and an Irish soldier who lived during a remarkable time in the history of the United States.  As a young country, the Americans were expanding westward from the original thirteen colonies.  The year is 1812 and war is brewing.  The Indian tribes have been pushed west from their homes with promises that they could live in peace.  But now those promises are being broken.  With the help of the British army, the Indian tribes are determined to keep the Americans from taking more and more of their land.  Billy belongs to both worlds so his dislike of the Americans is easy to understand.  As he joins Tecumseh and the others to stop the Americans, what will he find?  How will his life be changed forever by this?  And how will the Indians make out in this battle?
SUBJECTS:     Caldwell, Billy, 1780-1841 -- Fiction.
                        Tecumseh, Shawnee Chief, 1768-1813 -- Fiction.
                        Indians of North America -- Fiction.
                        United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Fiction.
                        Historical fiction.


Permission is granted for the noncommercial duplication and use of this resource, provided it is substantially unchanged from its present form and appropriate credit is given.