This book is about a twelve-year-old boy named Cal Black Bird, who is a hobo with his veteran father, “pop.” His father has to go up to Washington to fight for the better pay he never got when he was a war vet. Cal is sent to a boarding school for Indians where he learns his heritage. Life at boarding school is restricted and strict. Some boys befriend him to help him learn the ropes. Once he goes to the boarding school, he misses his free-spirited self when he was a hobo with his grandfather traveling from train to train and being free. Read this inspiring story to find out what happens next.
I gave this book a 3.5-star rating because I liked how I learned about the Indian heritage and how it was historical fiction. I enjoy books like this that take place in the olden days. I did not like how, on one of the first pages, it states “Charlie Cornsilk-boy who dreamed of a witch and died.” I felt that was creepy, and I greatly dislike creepy sad stories like that. But others enjoy this type of writing. I learned how the Great Depression was hard on many and how I am lucky to have what I have, and when you read this you will realize this too. Also in this book by Joseph Bruchac, true friendship was portrayed when the boys at the school took Cal Black, the 12-year-old boy into their lives and hearts, even though they had it rough. I suggest this book to people who love and enjoy reading about Indian heritage and the great depression. I was inspired. But there were very sad parts, too.
|Page Count||320 pages|
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