Towappu is really young Timothy Morris. His father championed the Indians around Plymouth Colony and predicted a war with...

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TOWAPPU: Puritan Renegade

Towappu is really young Timothy Morris. His father championed the Indians around Plymouth Colony and predicted a war with King Philip if the Puritans didn't start behaving more like good Christians in the matter of buying land and abiding by treaties. Mr. Morris escaped to Indian territory one jump ahead of the Colony militia which had been sent to arrest him for this sort of heresy. It was 1674 and the natives really were getting restless. Timothy also gave the militia the slip and began the long search for his father. The Algonquins were unbelievably swift to adopt Timothy who always managed to be on the scene, within earshot or opening his mouth, at important sessions of Indian or Puritan bigwigs. He's a very busy boy, his savage and semi-savage friends among the Indians tend toward the somberly noble, the Puritans are intolerably intolerant and King Philip's War does take place. Just before that Timothy is reunited with his father under the most dramatic circumstances and they depart for ""islands to the south."" New England Indians don't get nearly as much exposure in juvenile novels as the Western tribes do and this suggests a regional market for buyers willing to overlook a creakily conventional, early adolescent entertainment in order to settle for the setting. By the author of the much better Perrelly Plight (1965).

Pub Date: March 22, 1966

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Atheneum

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1966