Night of the Full Moon

Night of the Full Moon

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by Gloria Whelan, Leslie Bowman
     
 

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In the winter of 1840, the night of the full moon is approaching. Nothing will stop Libby Mitchell from visiting her best friend, Fawn, during a special ceremony at the nearby wigwam camp. But Libby’s adventure takes an unexpected turn when soldiers suddenly rush in. They order everyone at the camp, including Libby, to move off the land—immediately!

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In the winter of 1840, the night of the full moon is approaching. Nothing will stop Libby Mitchell from visiting her best friend, Fawn, during a special ceremony at the nearby wigwam camp. But Libby’s adventure takes an unexpected turn when soldiers suddenly rush in. They order everyone at the camp, including Libby, to move off the land—immediately! With each passing day, the displaced people must move farther away from home. Will Libby ever see her family again?
 
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"An exciting adventure sure to provoke strong feelings, this is for new or reluctant readers, and would make a good read-aloud."—School Library Journal.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Whelan packs quite a story into this brief sequel to Next Spring an Oriole , set in 1841 in the shrinking woods near Saginaw, Mich. With Mama in labor, Libby Mitchell must miss the naming ceremony for her Indian friend Fawn's new baby brother. Libby sneaks off to the festivities alone but, just as they are about to begin, government troops round up everyone in the Potowatomi village for a forced migration west. With her tanned skin and dark hair, and dressed in Fawn's clothes, Libby is taken for an Indian and accused of lying when she tells the soldiers she is white. After three days of arduous journeying, Fawn's father orchestrates an escape in order to return Libby to her frantic parents and newborn brother, and to flee with his own family into the northern wilderness. Told in simple, well-chosen language, this satisfying chapter book is as captivating as any in the Little House series, but far more insightful and thought-provoking with regard to historical events and the not-so-rosy aspects of settler-Native American relations. Ages 7-9. (Nov.)
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-Whelan successfully follows the writer's dictum of ``show, don't tell'' in this brief novel set in northern Michigan in the 1840s. Libby's best friend is Fawn, a Potawatomi girl who lives nearby. The two families have supported each other through some hard times, so Libby's mother and father are distressed when government agents talk about moving the Indians out of Michigan. One day, Libby disobeys her father and visits the Potawatomi camp for a ceremony-the same day soldiers come to force the clan west. Dressed in her friend's clothes, Libby suffers with the People as they are herded like sheep south and west, until Fawn's family risks their own safety to return her to her parents and to regain their freedom. Just as Alice Dalgliesh did in The Courage of Sarah Noble (Scribners, 1987), Whelan uses action, integrated plot, and well-drawn characters to personalize history, creating powerful, immediate images that humanize the Indians without preaching. Period details, including some Potawatomi words, keep the story firmly fixed in time. An exciting adventure sure to provoke strong feelings, this is for new or reluctant readers, and would make a good read-aloud.-Sally Bates Goodroe, Houston Public Library

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679872764
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
01/10/2006
Series:
Stepping Stone Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
404,300
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.56(h) x 0.13(d)
Lexile:
660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

Meet the Author

Gloria and her husband Joseph moved from Detroit to the woods of northern Michigan several years ago.  Many of Gloria's books take place during the summer — because she does a lot of her writing during the northern Michigan blizzards!  Gloria has been telling stories for as long as she can remember.  Before she could read or write, she used to dictate stories to her baby-sitter, who would type them out.  Being an only child, many of Gloria's stories were about having a brother or sister.   Gloria would like to have written Little Women, because Jo March was one of her role models growing up!   Gloria once had a set of five wtching guinea pigs, all named after Detroit Tiger baseball players!

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Night of the Full Moon 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Novapaw/Age: 7 moons old/Gender: &female/Personality: determined, easy to anger, can outrun even the fastest WindClan cat/History: on the night of a supernova, Novakit was born. Her mother gave birth to a litter of three; Flamekit, Brightkit, and Novakit. Only one survived. Her mother died giving birth. Her most vivid memory is straining to get milk, and wailing in hunger. She remembered trying to extract warmth from her littermates, but only cold pelts met hers. She left her birthplace, and The Tribe found her at a week old. Her name there was Nova of Black Night. She wandered around in a snowstorm when she was 5 moons old, and was lost. She did not even know her mothers name/Description: Black with amber paws and tail tip. She has a white mark on her forehead. She has amber eyes/Crush: none, but is hoping to have a mate later in life/Battle experiance: has been training since a moon old/Other: ask me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Blackclaw• gender-tom. Age-23 moons. Appearance- a tall handsome tom who likes to climb trees and fight. He has blue eyes that sparkle at night(not a power...the stars reflect off his eyes.) He also has one white right paw. Front paw. Mate/crush- ooooooo ull have to figure that out. Personalities- loves to flatter shecats. He likes to have friends and is pretty friendly no matter who it is. He believes what he does and loves to fight in battle when its nessesscary. Silentfeather• gender- shecat. Age-25 moons. Appearance- a black shecat with soft blue eyes. She has a feathery tail and shes not too tall but has her heights. Mate- none. Crush- darkheart. Personalities- she is somewhat quiet and loves to climb a tree and just watch. Shes very firm when it comes to loving someone and doesnt let go easily. She doesnt enjoy battle but if its the sake of her clan...she goes for the fight.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name:goldenriver Gender:Female Personality:Shes feirce and mean to enemies but once u get toknow her shes sweet with a good heart Appearance:She has sleek white fur with black socks and a black nose. She has a scar behind her ear from a long ago battle. She has blue eyes Wants kits:yes Mate:none yet but wants one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME: Starrynight AGE: 13 moons GENDER: shecat LOOKS: black fur with white star on forehead and dark blue eyes PERSONALITY: funny, nice, loving, and impatient MATE: looking CRUSH: *-* KITS: none RANK: warrior HISTORY: born in Snowclan with her sister and trained to become warrior then clan grew unactive so moved here KIN: Ashheart is sister /////////// NAME: Ashheart AGE: 15 moons GENDER: shecat LOOKS: smokey gray fur and brown red/orange eyes PERSONALITY: kind, patient, smart, and shy MATE: not allowed CRUSH: not allowed KITS: not allowed RANK: medicene cat HISTORY: same as above KIN: Starrynight is sister
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME Stormstrike AGE 20 moons LOOKS brown and black , white neck cheast paws emerald green eyes MATE Branchpelt KITS Eaglekit tom white and black green eyes lover of herbs Falconkit tabby tom brown fur blue eyes jumpy goofy dreams best hunter in mossclan Bloomkit she cat ( like her mother) blue eyes white fur kind calm smart PERSONALITY good with herbs but warrior and/or queen at heart good at hunting NAME Branchpelt AGE 26 moons LOOKS black fur blue eyes PERSONALITY good in battle really nice but aggresive at enemy clans -tell me if you read this and where is the queens den or is it back you know where?(the meeting place) tell me both things at the meeting place k icestar?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Thunderpaw<br> Looks: dark brown cat with black marks <br> Personity: meet me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NAME: Icestar AGE: 20 moons GENDER: She cat CRUSH: Not telling MATE: None, yet KITS: None, yet PERSONALITY: Kind, welcoming, yet sometimes stubborn. Has a state of depression, and is sometimes distant LOOKS: White she cat with grey splotches on face and blue eyes CLAN: MOSSCLAN
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You never know, you may get lucky this time :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No, this is MY den
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my den