Bruchac, Joseph. The Winter people.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Book Review - Young Adult Review - Brief Article

Penguin Putnam, Dial 168p. c2002. 0-8037-2694-5. $16.99. JS

Bruchac turns to his own family's history as the basis for this novel about a raid in 1759 on a small Abenaki village named St. Francis in what is now Quebec. The people of the village were closely tied to the French colonists and had raided English settlements to their south; this was a retaliatory raid that killed many women and children. The main narrator is a tall youth, Saxso, whose father is dead. Saxso feels that he hadn't been vigilant enough when his mother and little sisters were taken captive by the English raiders, called Bostoniak; much of the subsequent action takes place as Saxso tracks the party south for days and eventually rescues them.

Bruchac's own ancestors and those of his wife are linked to the village of St. Francis; his family considers this the most important work he has...

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