In this Newbery Honor Book, a thirteen-year-old boy struggles to survive on his own in the wilderness of eighteenth-century Maine.
When Matt's father leaves him on his own to guard their new cabin in the wilderness, Matt is scared but determined to be brave and prove that he can take care of himself. And things are going fine until a white stranger steals his gun, leaving Matt defenseless and unable to hunt for his food.
Then Matt meets Attean, a Native boy from the Beaver tribe, and soon learns that people called the land around him home long before the white settlers ever arrived. As Attean teaches him more about his own culture, Matt must come to terms with what the changing frontier really means.
Now with an introduction by critically acclaimed writer Joseph Bruchac about the historical context and the relationships between Native peoples and white settlers in the eighteenth century.
Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Publisher: Clarion Books
Binding Type: Paperback
Size: 7.40h x 5.10w x 0.50d
Audience: Ages 9-12
Reading Level: 4.9
Point Value: 5
Interest Level: Middle Grade
Quiz #/Name: 138 / Sign of the Beaver
About the Author
Elizabeth George Speare was born on November 21, 1908, in Melrose, Massachusetts. Among her wonderful works are two Newbery Awardwinning novels, The Witch of Blackbird Pond and The Bronze Bow. In 1989 she was given the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her substantial and enduring contribution to children's literature. Elizabeth George Speare died in 1994.