SALT: A STORY OF FRIENDSHIP IN A TIME OF WAR
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
IL 5-8 RL 4.0
It is 1812, and James and Anikwa are two good friends who share much in common: They are both twelve, they enjoy nature, and they live near one another in the Indiana Territory. They are an unlikely duo, however, in that they come from two very different cultures and speak different languages. Anikwa and his family are part of the Native American Miami tribe and have lived on the land for generations in the village of Kekionga. James and his family are recent settlers who run a trading post right outside of Fort Wayne. Despite tensions between their communities, the boys happily spend their days together playing outdoors and exploring.
As the British army and the American army approach the Fort to fight in the War of 1812, tensions between the Miami tribe and the settlers escalate. American soldiers tell James’s father to stop selling provisions to the Native Americans, and he refuses to sell salt to Anikwa’s family. Due to this tension and some unfortunate miscommunication, Anikwa and James begin to question their friendship. Eventually, the boys recover their friendship and the families come together again, but the story ends with the sad reality that their cultures will never peacefully coexist, that changes are happening, and that American settlers will take over the Natives’ land. Told in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Anikwa and James, Salt is a powerful story told in free verse. (Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015)
Anikwa and James are both 12 years old and living in 1812. They have been friends all of their lives even though they come from different backgrounds. Anikwa and his family live with the Miami tribe and this land has been their home for centuries. James and his family live near the fort that houses the American soldiers. James' father has traded with the tribe for a very long time and considers them his friends. When tension mounts and there is talk of a war between the Americans and the Native Americans, the two boys find their worlds changing forever. The British want to stop the Americans from moving further west so the war is coming.
|SUBJECTS: Frontier and pioneer life
-- Indiana -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Fiction.
Miami -- Indians -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- Indiana -- Fiction.
Trading posts -- Fiction.
Fort Wayne (Ind.) -- History -- Fiction.
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Fiction.
Novels in verse.