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Children's LiteratureZiggy and his friends are on an overnight camping trip at Caesar's Creek. The campers settle in for the night. But boys will be boys and, pretending to be Shawnees on a night journey, the four sneak out of their tent. A canoe on the edge of the water and boys in search of adventure add up to big problems when the four find themselves drifting across the lake and ending up far from the camp. Can they find their way back in the dark? And what is that noise in the bushes that is getting louder and closer? Kids will learn a little bit about the Ohio Valley's history and the relationship between Native Americans and black slaves. In the book, Caesar (a historical individual) is described as an escaped slave, but the Caesar's Creek State Park Web site states that Caesar was captured by the Shawnee during a raid and then adopted and given the valley as his hunting ground. At the end of the book, readers will find an extensive chapter-by-chapter list of discussion questions, as well as many additional enrichment activities. It is unfortunate that the author describes Rashawn as proud that his dad is a cop but even prouder that his dad has broken the rules to drive Rashawn to the campers' meeting point in a "blaze of glory" with the police car's siren blaring and lights flashing. This is the third book in the "Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs" series. 2006 (orig. 1997), Aladdin Paperbacks/Simon & Schuster, Ages 8 to 10.
—Anita Barnes Lowen