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Speare, Elizabeth
New York : Dell, 1984.
IL 5-8 RL 5.7
ISBN 0395338905
Matt has helped his dad build a cabin in Maine. When he goes back to fetch the rest of the family, Matt is left to keep the fires burning. A six week trip stretches into months and Matt only survives because of the watchful eye of his Indian neighbors. Attean, a young Indian, learns to read "Robinson Crusoe" with Matt as his teacher. In exchange, Matt gets meat and corn. Unlikely friendship between the two emerges. This is a painless way to pick up a feeling for what it would be like to get to know someone you didn't think you'd want to at first. The sign of the beaver is the mark placed on trees to identify the hunting grounds.
SUBJECTS:     Frontier and pioneer life  -- Fiction
                        Indians of North America  -- Fiction
                        Survival  -- Fiction
                        Friendship  -- Fiction


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