Anikwa and James, twelve years old in 1812, spend their days fishing, trapping, and exploring together in the forests of the Indiana Territory. To Anikwa and his family, members of the Miami tribe, this land has been home for centuries. As traders, James's family has ties to the Miami community as well as to the American soldiers in the fort. Now tensions are rising - the British and American armies prepare to meet at Fort Wayne for a crucial battle, and Native Americans from surrounding tribes gather in Kekionga to protect their homeland. After trading stops and precious commodities, like salt, are withheld, the fort comes under siege, and war ravages the land. James and Anikwa, like everyone around them, must decide where their deepest loyalties lie. Can their families - and their friendship - survive?
In Salt, Printz Honor author Helen Frost offers a compelling look at a difficult time in history.
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"[A] very personal account of history that offers much for discussion. Ages 1014." - Publishers Weekly
"Starred Review. Sensitive and smart: a poetic vista for historical insight as well as cultural awareness. Verse novel. Ages 10-14." - Kirkus
"The verse is succinct, yet beautiful, and the story is rich in historical and natural details. Fans of frontier and survival stories will find much to love within these pages." - School Library Journal
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Helen Frost is the author of several books for young people, including Diamond Willow, Crossing Stones, The Braid, and Keesha's House, a Printz Honor Book. She currently lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with her family.
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