Crooked River

Crooked River

by Shelley Pearsall
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Crooked River by Shelley Pearsall

The year is 1812. A white trapper is murdered. And a young Chippewa Indian stands accused.

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ISBN-13: 9780375823893
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 08/09/2005
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.77(w) x 8.43(h) x 0.94(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

A former teacher and museum historian, Shelley Pearsall is now a full-time writer. Her first novel, Trouble Don’t Last, won the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. She lives in Silver Lake, Ohio.

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Crooked River 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This great historical fiction book takes place in 1812 on the Ohio Frontier. The author really makes you feel like you are there living in the settlement with Rebecca, a young girl, and Amik, the Indian chained in her attic who is accused of murdering a fur trapper. As the time for Amik's trial approaches, the suspense keeps you on the edge of your chair wondering if Rebecca is going to be able to help Amik. This book helps you understand more about prejudice and frontier justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After reading the first few pages of Crooked River, it seemed like it was going to be an alirght book which it turned out to be. Personally, I dont like reading as much as other kids do but I enjoyed this book. It started out 'slow' but then I got more into it and couln't put it down. Overrall i give it 3 stars out of 5.
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SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Dreaming of seeing my own books in bookstores one day, I find myself consciously wondering sometimes, what makes me pick a book up from the shelf? What makes me look at the blurb on the back? And then what makes me buy? Unfortunately what makes me buy is all too often influenced by whether the book is cheap, and some of my most treasured finds have been remaindered hardbacks. Crooked River was a hardback remainder with a beautiful cover. Purple clouds (I like purple) loom in a black-lit sky and jagged lightning stabs at a woven earth-toned patterned thread. That's why I picked it up. The back blurb lists the awards received for Shelley Pearsall's previous book, Trouble Don't Last, convincing me she must be a good writer who tells a good tale. And the inside flap reveals the voice of Indian John in prose poetry, coupled with this introduction, "The year is 1812. A white trapper is murdered. And a young Chippewa Indian stands accused." I was hooked. The story is told in two voices, that of Indian John with flowing words likes streams of living meaning, and that of Rebecca Carver, a thirteen-year-old slowly learning just how wrong the world can be. Her halting steps, from obedient acceptance of everything she's told, to human concern and thankfulness and thought, are beautifully told. Her words reflect the language of the time-the author says she mined old documents and diaries for authentic turns of phrase. The passages grow to reveal the mind of a genuine girl with a thirteen-year-old's passion for truth and joy under the burden of a settler's needs. I learned how justice was conducted on the frontier, how judges travelled from town to town, how decisions were made and lives ended with the aid of a jury of somebody's peers. I learned of human frailty, of good people believing falsehood and closing their ears to truth, and also of hope. I longed for the right ending to the book, though I couldn't see how it would come. And then I read an ending that was righter than right and delighted me. I hope I might read Trouble Don't Last one day. But for now, Crooked River was a wonderful introduction to an author whose research astounds and convinces, and whose writing voices inspire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a very good book! I sometimes made me mad at what the people would say. The book was about a 13 year old girl who has a Indian living in her house. The only thing is the Indian was acused of mudder! Rebbcca is scared to death and has to live with people coming to the house all the time to see the Indian. She has to live with the Indian until his trail is held. If you are looking for a good summer reading book this is the one you should choose!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I have ever read. I hated the book from the beginning. Rebecca Carver, a 13-yeah old girl, has a murdering Indian living in her loft until the trial begins. I personally don't suggest this book to anyone.