School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 6-10-- In the tradition of heroic figures, young Henry Ware is taller, stronger, more honest, and more cunning than other men. Just 15 when his family leaves colonial Maryland for the uncharted lands of Kentucky, Henry is overwhelmingly attracted to life in the wilderness and uniquely adept at learning the lessons necessary for survival in it. When he is captured by an Indian hunting party from the northwest, Henry adapts so totally to Indian life that Chief Black Cloud adopts him. Much later, a reawakened sense of duty to his family compels Henry to return home with warning of an impending Shawnee attack. His masterful assimilation of Indian skills with a long hunter's rifle expertise make him a legendary warrior within the tribe, a savior to the settlement, and an undefeatable spirit enemy to the Shawnee adversaries. The romantic-style narrative draws tight the tensions of battle while magnifying the virtues of its hero and glorifying the primeval qualities of the wilderness. Indian warriors are depicted as formidable, if primitive, foes, equal to all but Henry Ware. Women, however, are mentioned only fleetingly; the dramatic excitement of Altsheler's Kentucky frontier is reserved for men only. His is a tale for boys who would appreciate also such myth-makers as Howard Pyle, Jane Porter, and James Fennimore Cooper. --Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, Tenn.
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