The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare is an entertaining book, perfect for the younger audiences.
Matt is a young boy who heads out in the wilderness with his father. They build a cabin. Matt is left behind while Father goes to fetch the rest of the family. Matt becomes friends with Attean, a Native American boy who helps Matt to learn about survival, and true friendship. When Matt’s family doesn’t return when he expects, he can’t be sure whether they ever will. Attean’s tribe decides to move, and Attean invites Matt to join them. Will he choose to leave and be guaranteed a family, or will he choose to keep waiting for his father and other family members to return?
Read the book to find out!
I first read the book in fifth or sixth grade. My youngest siblings recently read it for their English class, and the book is a favorite of our family. It does touch upon racism, but the character in question eventually learns his lesson. I would recommend this book for sure! It is a short book, but has a great storyline, full of adventure, excitement, and friendship.