Crescent Moon

Crescent Moon

by Alden R. Carter
     
 

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In the course of this novel, 12-year-old Jeremy comes to know the Chippewa, apeople whose culture is fast disappearing in his part of Wisconsin; his heartis broken and his spirit is awakened; and he learns to appreciate the gentlerways of the past.  See more details below

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In the course of this novel, 12-year-old Jeremy comes to know the Chippewa, apeople whose culture is fast disappearing in his part of Wisconsin; his heartis broken and his spirit is awakened; and he learns to appreciate the gentlerways of the past.

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VOYA
Living in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, during the tumultuous end of its logging industry, thirteenyear-old Jeremy, born in 1900, eagerly anticipates the new century's expected changes and inventions. He shares his excitement with his father but disdains the past and his oldfashioned greatuncle Mac, a woodcarver. Jeremy aids Mac in carving a wooden Indian statue to replace one destroyed by Nathan TwoHorse, a Chippewa who considered the carving disrespectful. Because Mac now wants to make amends with a beautiful new statue, Nathan also assists and his niece, Nancy, models. As he helps Mac with the carving, Jeremy witnesses labor unrest between loggers and managers, and he schemes to help prounion loggers board a nonunion train for the Northwest, a plot that later proves disastrous. Jeremy watches as his young friends are forced to work in a sawmill, witnesses an informant's murder, and develops a crush on Nancy. These events help him to view progress from a fresh perspective, and as work on the statue progresses, Jeremy begins to understand that merging past practices with change will ensure a successful future. Carter does not develop fully all characters, but his writing is precise and descriptive, providing just enough information. Jeremy appears older than his age, and his involvement in the murder seems unrealistic, adding little to the storyline. This thoughtful, wellwritten novel is engrossing and will be enjoyed by history and adventureloving middle level boys and girls. The epilogue states the characters were real and offers details about their lives after the story's endthe perfect finish to a good book. VOYA CODES: 4Q 4P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasionallapses;Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 1999, Holiday House, Ages 12 to 15, 153p, $16.95. Reviewer: Lisa Spiegel
Children's Literature - Lois Rubin Gross
This is a book about bridges, the physical ones that span places and the emotional ones that span lives. Jeremy has been forbidden by his father to cross the railroad trestle bridge yet, at a critical juncture in the story, he walks across the bridge to save his own life. Jeremy, at age twelve, is crossing other intangible bridges, as well. His once prosperous mill town is losing lumber jobs to the great Northwest, and Jeremy and his friends go through the economic turmoil of lost work and changing lifestyles. Jeremy's uncle, Mac, an artisan, is working to capture the loss of the Chippewa culture of Northern Wisconsin in a beautiful carving of an Indian woman. Jeremy participates in the project, once again learning to be a bridge from the past. In the process, he gains respect for the dying native culture, and especially for the beautiful woman who models for the statue and is Jeremy's first infatuation. It is the characters in this book, as skillfully crafted as Uncle Mac's "Crescent Moon" statue, that make this book a standout in the coming-of-age genre.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-With an unusual richness of detail and character, this novel set in Eau Claire, WI, at the end of the lumbering era grips readers with its excitement and suspense. Jeremy, 13, is the son of a shopkeeper and the great-nephew of a wood-carver. Aware that his carving of a cigar-store Indian has offended Nathan Two-Horse, Uncle Mac decides to make amends by creating a carving of an Indian maiden from one of the last pine logs to come down the river. He asks Two-Horse's niece to pose, understanding that he will not be permitted to use her face. As Jeremy and his buddies deal with daily life in a mill town, readers learn about the changes facing the community as the union organizers strive to improve working conditions. Jeremy finds ways to help the organizers and involves himself in the carving of the magnificent figure, which comes to symbolize an attempt to balance some of the past injustices. Both threads come together in a rip-roaring finish where good and evil clash, with violent death as the result. Carter does a fine job of creating lifelike characters and a plot that allows historical detail and events to unfold without taking over. It is Jeremy's story and growth that holds readers. The natural color and detail of the past flow through, shaping and enriching the narrative. This is good historical fiction, with issues of justice, racism, and the environment woven into the action-packed plot.-Carol A. Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823415212
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
02/28/2000
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.48(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 12 Years

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