The Sign of the Beaver (Hardcover)

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Until the day his father returns to their cabin in the Maine wilderness, 12-year-old Matt must try to survive on his own. During an attack by swarming bees, Matt is rescued by an Indian chief and his grandson. A Newbery Honor Book.


Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Mfg Part# 9780395338902
SKU 30060650
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0395338905
Release Date 4/1/1983
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 5.75L x 0.75T
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Elizabeth George Speare
Elizabeth George Speare is one of the greatest writers of historical fiction for children and young adults. She attended Smith College for one year and then transferred to Boston University where she received both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She worked as a high school teacher in Massachusetts for several years until she got married and moved to Connecticut. Her first novel, CALICO CAPTIVE, appeared in 1957. The following year she published THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, which received the Newbery Medal in 1959. Speare won her second Newbery Medal in 1962 for THE BRONZE BOW. A number of years later, her novel THE SIGN OF THE BEAVER was named a Newbery Honor Book. In 1989, Speare won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her body of work.
"Thirteen-year-old Matt's vividly and sensitively related in this compelling novel."
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Editors Note Left alone to guard the family's wilderness home in eighteenth-century Maine, a boy is hard-pressed to survive until local Indians teach him their skills. "Matt joins other memorable characters, Kit, Julie, and Karana, finding his inner strength and values in a changing world in this well-written and fast-reading story." -- School Library Journal, starred review|ALA Best Book for Young Adults|ALA Notable Book|Booklist Editors' Choice|Horn Book Fanfare Selection|IRA Teacher's Choice|Scott O'Dell Award|School Library Journal Best Books of the Year
Annotation In late 18th-century Maine, 12-year-old Matthew is left alone in his family's newly built cabin for several weeks while his father returns to Massachusetts to fetch the entire family. A series of mishaps leads to Matthew's rescue by the chief of the Beaver tribe. Over a period of months, Matthew teaches an Indian boy, Attean, English, while he learns a great deal about hunting. When the tribe plans to travel, Matthew must make the most challenging decision of his life: to join them, or continue waiting for his family to return. A stirring pioneer tale of perseverance and cooperation, this was a 1984 Newbery Honor Book. The same author wrote THE WITCH OF BLACKBIRD POND, the 1959 Newbery Medal recipient.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 10
Number of Pages 0144
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

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