The Indian School by Gloria Whelan

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When shy, ten-year-old Lucy comes to live with her aunt and uncle at their mission school, she's surprised at the number of harsh rules and restrictions imposed on the children. Why, she wonders, should the Indians have to do all the changing? And why is her aunt so strict with them? Then a girl called Raven runs away in protest, and Lucy knows she must overcome her timidity and stand up to her aunt—no matter what the consequences. Once again Gloria Whelan has taken a chapter from our past and transformed it into gripping, accessible, historically accurate fiction.

 

About Gloria Whelan

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Gloria Whelan is an award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children and young adults. She won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her novel Homeless Bird". A versatile author of historical and contemporary fiction for children and young adults, as well as short stories and poetry for adults, Whelan is, according to Liz Rosenberg in the Chicago Tribune", "an accomplished, graceful, and intelligent writer." Visit her at GloriaWhelan.com. Amanda Hall has illustrated many books for children, includingTales from India (Candlewick), Prince of the Birds (Frances Lincoln), and The Stolen Sun (Eerdmans). Amanda lives in England. Visit her website at www.amandahall-illustration.com.
 
Published December 13, 2008 by HarperCollins. 100 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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Raven, who is about Lucy's age, and her younger brother, Star Face (later called Matthew by Aunt Emma) come to stay, and from the first, Raven and Aunt Emma do not get along.

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A shy girl protests injustice at her aunt's mission school for Native Americans.

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While the climax of this book is frustrating in its patness (a crisis illness draws everyone closer), Whelan (Night of the Full Moon) manages to transport the reader into a believable and complex past, when manifest destiny drove adult actions--and when girls still had time to admire the sunlit a...

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When her parents are killed in a wagon accident, Lucy is taken in by her Aunt Emma and Uncle Edward --- proprietors of The Indian School.

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