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Rebecca Galloway is a busy pioneer girl in the Ohio Territory. Over the years, her friendship with Tecumseh, the respected Shawnee chief, grows into love. Rebecca must choose a future on her family homestead, or with the man she loves.

In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh and later develops a deep friendship with him.

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Overview

Rebecca Galloway is a busy pioneer girl in the Ohio Territory. Over the years, her friendship with Tecumseh, the respected Shawnee chief, grows into love. Rebecca must choose a future on her family homestead, or with the man she loves.

In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee called Tecumseh and later develops a deep friendship with him.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Cahners\\Publishers_Weekly
Rinaldi (Keep Smiling Through; The Fifth of March) crafts an elegant and moving account of the budding romance between Shawnee chief Tecumseh and a young frontier girl, set against the events leading up to the War of 1812. As usual, Rinaldi's sense of her period setting is on target-the speech and details of everyday life are arresting and accessible; the characters are multidimensional and believable; and she shows how rumors and mistrust on both sides fueled the dispute between the Indians and settlers. The real story, however, is smart, strong-willed Rebecca Galloway's admiration for and attraction to Tecumseh. Rebecca teaches Tecumseh about verb tenses and the Bible, while he reveals much about the beauty of wild things. Tecumseh's proposal of marriage, Rebecca's confusion and their final love scene will pull at all hearts that have felt the pangs of first love. Rebecca's shrewd observations, resourcefulness and compassion make her a character to be reckoned with-and one girls on the threshold of womanhood will appreciate.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW described this historical novel about a frontier girl and her romance with the Shawnee chief Tecumseh as "elegant and moving." Ages 10-up. (May)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Rinaldi (Keep Smiling Through; The Fifth of March) crafts an elegant and moving account of the budding romance between Shawnee chief Tecumseh and a young frontier girl, set against the events leading up to the War of 1812. As usual, Rinaldi's sense of her period setting is on target-the speech and details of everyday life are arresting and accessible; the characters are multidimensional and believable; and she shows how rumors and mistrust on both sides fueled the dispute between the Indians and settlers. The real story, however, is smart, strong-willed Rebecca Galloway's admiration for and attraction to Tecumseh. Rebecca teaches Tecumseh about verb tenses and the Bible, while he reveals much about the beauty of wild things. Tecumseh's proposal of marriage, Rebecca's confusion and their final love scene will pull at all hearts that have felt the pangs of first love. Rebecca's shrewd observations, resourcefulness and compassion make her a character to be reckoned with-and one girls on the threshold of womanhood will appreciate. Ages 12-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
Rinaldi's latest work of historical fiction takes us into the life of Rebecca Galloway, a young settler on her family's property in the Ohio Territory in the late 1700s. Rebecca is just a little girl when she meets Tecumsah, the powerful Shawnee chief. As Rebecca grows up and helps her mother with numerous household chores, she more and more anticipates Tecumseh's visits. Not only does she tutor the famous warrior in English grammar but she also discusses significant issues including the importance of peace between settlers and native peoples. The two fall in love; when Tecumseh proposes marriage, Rebecca must choose between life as a settler and life as a warrior's wife. This fascinating novel melds the difficult lives of American settlers with a love story between two incredible people.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9Set around the turn of the 18th century, this book mixes fact, fiction, and conjecture to tell the story of Rebecca Galloway, a young girl living in the wilds of pioneer Ohio, and the visionary Shawnee leader Tecumseh. Rinaldi skillfully imagines seven-year-old Rebecca's initial meeting with Tecumseh and relates intermittent visits up through her teenage years, leading to his asking for her hand in marriage, an offer she refuses because their worlds are too different. Along the way readers are shown the difficulties and rewards of pioneer life, and introduced to the excitement felt by settlers who took part in the process of building a nation. The Galloways are drawn as a family with high principles: Rebecca's father fought in the Revolutionary War, moved his family away from Kentucky where slavery was permitted, and championed the cause of the displaced Indians among the not always sympathetic whites. Rebecca is a strong-minded character with a believable and authentic voice. Anyone who enjoys historical fiction will find much to like about this well-written and carefully researched novel. It succeeds in presenting both the plight and frustrations of Native Americans and the exuberance of the early pioneers in a sympathetic way, although the author falls clearly on the side of those who mourn the loss of a culture destroyed by white settlers. A rewarding and satisfying read.Carrie Schadle, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
A disappointing historical offering from Rinaldi, especially in the wake of her strong novel about Phillis Wheatley, Hang A Thousand Trees with Ribbons (1996).

In reconstructing the romance between Rebecca Galloway, a teenage settler, and the great Shawnee chief Tecumseh, Rinaldi follows the historical record closely—perhaps too closely, for amidst Rebecca's tale of comings and goings, marriages, gossip, and details of daily life, there is little room left for plot and characters. Only six in 1798, when she first meets Tecumseh, Rebecca is smitten, a feeling that intensifies and becomes mutual over the next ten years as she tutors him in English during his rare visits. In between she reports—but seldom witnesses, dramatizes, or analyzes—his efforts both to build a tribal confederacy and to preserve the uneasy peace; she includes other events, of course, from the death of her brother's young wife to Ohio's emergence into statehood. In the end, Rebecca turns down his proposal, deciding (without ever having seen his village) that she cannot live as a Shawnee; a few years later, married to a farmer, she learns of Tecumseh's death in battle. Although only the dialogue and a handful of minor characters and incidents are fictional, Rinaldi never creates a clear picture of pioneer life or of Tecumseh's career, and his relationship with Rebecca is too sketchy to hold the foreground.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780590742580
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/1997
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 540L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.73 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.02 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005

    Ann Rinaldi at her best

    This is one of her best books! I learned so much about Tecumseh. It was so sad, but positively excellent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2005

    AWSOME

    This book almost made me cry. It was awsome and so heartfelt. Rinaldi really knows how to write!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2004

    Great Historical Novel

    I thought this was a very good book. A great way to show the post-revolution age. America didn't just go into the industrial revolution, there was other things. I liked how it took place in the Ohio valley, an often mis-looked place in American History. A great buy for Historical Fiction lovers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2003

    Not that good

    I'm one of those people who usually likes most of the books i read. Not this one! It was confusing, and in my opinion, boring. Practically, all the book was about was having kid after kid, and marrying, and having more kids! Come on, that's what a boring book is about! I expected more about the Indians. If you don't like my review, oh well! It's my opinion. Oh yeah, is she obsessed with the name Martha? I think so! All the women were named Martha! Didn't you think so? Oh yeah, one more thing, they didn't talk to much like eighteenth centruy people. Sorry if this was too long. That's my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2002

    Sorry :(

    I thought that this book would be a really good book because i have read others by Anne Rinaldi and have loved them , but this one i read only because i thought it would have a bood ending. The back was better then the actual book. And if she trully loved him as much as she said she did, she would have bgone to live with him, because when you love someone you are soo in love it blindes you and you will do anything to live with them. I am really sorry Anne for saying that stuff, because i don't want to make you feel bad. Don't worry i absolutely loved your other books, and i will still read them from you. I get what you were trying to say in it, and i think that is good :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    OKAY

    this book was okay but ANN RINALDI talked about too much stuff in between the main parts. ANN RINALDI is a great author but this is deffinetly her worst book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2002

    Wow

    I loved this book. Like many other of Anne Rinaldi's books I couldn't put the book down. But the ending suprised me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    'interesting'

    i love most books by ann rinaldi but this one was kinda dull. i didn't like the beginning very much but at the end it really shows how Rebecca grew up in an interesting way. i dont really recommend this book but if you want to read it go ahead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2001

    AMAZING!!

    I READ THIS BOOK AND FELL SO DEEP IN TO THE LIVES OF THE CHARACTERS. IT TOOK ME TWO DAYS TO READ THIS BOOK. SOMETIMES I WAS UP IT 2:00 AM JUST READING! THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Horrible

    This was one of the worst books I have ever read. The plot draged and went absolutely nowhere. I only finished it because I thought something might happen; it didn't. Ann Rinaldi is a wonderful author, she ussually keeps you so interested you can hardly put the book down. However, this time she didn't. This was just so dull, and kinda gross too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2000

    A Different side of Ann Rinaldi

    Out of all the stories I have read this is my least favorite. The plot is pretty thin, although likable. This novel is about a girl who grows up as friends with an Indian Chief. Romance begans when they teach the other of their world.

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