"Anikwa looks at me like he has forgotten who I am, his eyes so sad and angry I don't know what to say. I made him a new whistle, but now it seems like it belongs someplace we can't go back to." This is a story of two 12 year old boys, Anikwa, who is a member of the Miami tribe that have lived on this land for generations; and James, the son of a trader who has ties to the tribe and to the new settlers and soldiers around Fort Wayne in 1812. The boys are good friends. British and American armies are preparing to meet to fight over control of the land, and the Miami tribe and other Native American tribes from the surrounding area are gathering also.
This story, from the viewpoints of these two boys, explores what friendship and home mean during a time of conflict and war.
Once again, Helen Frost creates a story in poem that gets to the essence of feeling and action, and the tension across their communities.
This is a great read aloud. Try it with three readers, different voices for the two boys, and the third voice is nature, an important voice for place and time and change. Ages 8+ - 20 days ago