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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 11 up.
This account in the "Landmark Events in Native American History" series tells the story of the Wampanoag rebellion against New England settlers from 1675 to 1676. The native people, frustrated by the continuous encroachment of their land by the English colonists, agreed to one last attempt at arbitration with them. Sadly, Plymouth Colony rejected the arbitrator's recommendations. As a result, warriors arrived at a settlement built on land they believed was unfairly taken by the colonist. When an English boy shot a Wampanoag warrior, war erupted. The history between the native people and settlers is presented so that the reader can understand the frustration of Metacom, the Wampanoag leader known as King Philip. Sidebars throughout the text, including firsthand accounts, help explain the effects of the war on both sides. King Philip's War was perhaps the bloodiest war in American history, given that more than ten percent of the population, combined Native American and English, were killed. A time line and an index make the book a useful research tool. Reviewer: Kathryn Erskine