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Moccasin Trail (Puffin Newberry Library) Paperback – October 7, 1986
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After receiving a crumpled letter from his long lost brother (which he can't even read), hand delivered by friendly Indians, Jim parts ways from Tom to seek the remnants of his family: Jonnie 17, Sally 15, and golden-haired Daniel 6. The odyssey of his physical journey (running the gorge, outwitting hostile Indians, wintering out, clearing the land--like the Bourgeways whom he despises) makes fast-paced reading. Yet this story proves insightful YA fare, for MOCCASIN TRAIL plumbs the depths of a human heart torn between two worlds. Family unity is threatened on several occasions, while Jim's family loyalty is cruelly tested, for he clings tenaciously to his Indian customs and appearance, which horrifies his scornful sister.
Haunted by the memory of his medicine song dream (a young warrior' vision quest) Jim recalls the English words about a green valley and still waters. Yet how can he reject the power of his spirit Helpers to complete the transformation back to a white man? Every man needs to seek out his own home; can Talks Alone/Jim find peace in either world, as Mountain Men are a dying breed? This editon would be improved by a map showing the Keath family's migration west into Oregon Territory. Is an overland route truly possible?
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This is a fascinating book exploring a young man's journey as a trapper in the early 1800's, living with and as a Crow for 6 years, and then his journey between two worlds as he... Read morePublished 5 months ago by GS
Jim Keath--known as Talks Alone to the Crow Indians with whom he lived for six years, and Indian Jim to the white trappers among whom he has spent the last two--is nearly 20 and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Chrijeff
I just finished reading this book to my daughter who just turned 11 this month. It was the first book we read in the BookShark homeschooling program (the secular Sonlight). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mom Of Many Munchkins
It is 1844, and nineteen-year-old Jim Keath had grown up in Missouri, with his farmer father, mother, two brothers, Jonathan and little Daniel, and sister Sally. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Wayne S. Walker
Eloise Jarvis McGraw's Newbery Honor winning 1952 juvenile novel "Moccasin Trail" comes across as a mixture of a kiddie version of A.B. Read morePublished on January 4, 2014 by M. Keogh
This is an absolutely wonderful adventure of discovering home. Jim Keath is a thrilling hero, a wild, daring young man, who's considered close to a savage by many characters,... Read morePublished on August 21, 2013 by The Script Spinner
This is an old book and somewhat dated but nicely written and with a moral. It is a good read. I recommend it.Published on August 20, 2013 by BRJACKET
I read this book aloud to my children. It won the 1953 Newbery Honor and 1963 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award. Read morePublished on December 12, 2012 by Darlene