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Bear Song Paperback – February 21, 2013
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From the Author
Based on careful research I have striven to reach beyond stereotypes and show what life was like for the English colonists in what to them was a wild and strange, yet wonderful new world and for the native people who welcomed the foreigners into their towns and homes.
Young readers may have learned about the "lost colony" in school, but not about the other lost people - the many native people who died of diseases brought from Europe to the new world, from which they had no defense. Bear Song is the story of two cultures coming together to live in harmony, until tragedy strikes and brings death to many.
My book includes a teacher's guide with study questions, definitions, a time-line, activities, and a glossary.
From the Back Cover
No one knows to this day what happened to the first English colony in America. We tend to forget that the Indians who lived and flourished along the coastal waters at that time also disappeared. Bear Song picks up the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island after the English are given refuge by Indians who live in seclusion near a pocosin lake on the mainland.
The story is told through the eyes of Gray Squirrel, known for her wisdom and healing knowledge, and Virginia Dare, the first English child born into the New World. Eleanor Dare, Virginia's mother, has not adjusted well to her new lifestyle. She is especially unhappy with Virginia's attachment to Old One, whom her daughter calls "Grandfather." Virginia's friendship with an Indian boy named Blue Jay also disturbs her mother. Eleanor's feelings change after Blue Jay rescues Virginia, who is kidnapped by a stranger.
Tragedy arrives when a small pox epidemic is brought to the village through an innocent act of kindness. Gray Squirrel tries everything she knows to heal her people. Just as she loses all hope for their survival a bear comes to her in a dream with medicine and a healing song. But does his message come in time to save the villagers?
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Campbell's stories are specifically geared to youth readers, but I cannot imagine anyone who loves an engaging, thoroughly satisfying tale would not love Bear Song. I have a pretty good track record for predicting books that could succeed on the silver screen, Tuck Everlasting was one. I now add Bear Song to my list. We'll see.
I strongly recommend this lovely novel!