The Mourning Wars

Karen Steinmetz, Roaring Brook, $17.99 (240p) ISBN 978-1-59643-290-1
In a story inspired by the real-life abduction of Eunice Williams in 1704, after Eunice and her Puritan family are taken captive by the Canienga tribe, she is not mistreated, but lovingly raised by a Native American family. As she grows older, Eunice—now called A'onote—embraces the ways of the Canienga people, participating in sacred dances and studying to be a healer. Newcomer Steinmetz's scrupulous research is apparent in her detailed account of Canienga customs as well as "Queen Anne's War," which pitted natives and the French against the English. Because A'onote is the daughter of a reverend, her adoptive mother worries about "English spies," and A'onote meets with visitors, including her English father, who want her to return to her former life. Her complicated identity often overwhelms her, and Steinmetz sensitively conveys her fear that even glimpsing the reverend again will mean that "she will never be at home again in any place." This is a richly poetic, thoughtful book that offers an intimately imagined perspective on compelling historical events. Ages 12–up. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 11/08/2010
Release date: 08/01/2010
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-1-4299-6413-5
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