Week 18: A book written in the 20th century
The Sign of the Beaver
by: Elizabeth George Speare
Great Book for Children
Enjoyable, easy read with children as the target audience. The best part about the story was how it felt it could be real. The interactions Matt has with Attean keep shifting his perspective, and he recognizes that his family will probably never understand. He starts to understand that the two races have completely different worldviews, and he isn't sure how to help Attean understand why white people think the way they do.
One reason I appreciated the book is because it was pretty balanced as far as pointing out aspects where it was misunderstanding between the races, and how both sides were at fault at times. Very refreshing and preferred to the common books that totally slam one side or the other.
While it is not a perfect book, it is very well done overall. I highly recommend it.
This review appears as part of the Reading Challenge 2016. To see other books in the challenge, click here.