Grades 4 - 7
Grade level Equivalent: 5.3
Lexile® Measure: 680L
Guided Reading: T
- Historical Fiction
- Death, Grief, Loss
- Native American
- Prejudice and Tolerance Experiences
About This Book
The Golden Kite Award-winning story of Shoshoni Indian Jenny Leigh and her pioneer life in America in the 1870s.
Orphaned by an Indian raid while traveling West with a wagon train, fifteen-year-old Carrie Hill is befriended by the English trapper Beaver Dick and taken to live with his wife Jenny and their six children. Carrie Hill hates Indians. Indians killed her parents and ruined her life. To her dismay, Carrie discovers that Beaver Dick's wife, Jenny, is a Shoshoni Indian! But as Carrie's wounds heal under Jenny's gentle care, she begins to respect and love this kind woman.
Beginning each chapter with an excerpt from Beaver Dick Leigh's actual journals, Kristiana Gregory brings alive the people and the dramatic setting of a bygone era.