THE TOTEM CASTS A SHADOW by Margaret E. Bell

THE TOTEM CASTS A SHADOW

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This has a good deal of the sincerity values that characterized Watch for the Tell White Sails to which it is a sequel. Florence Munroe, daughter of the sturdy, intolerant Soot who had chosen to bring his family from sheltered Victoria to an Alaska outpost, is waiting the promised year before she is to marry Bel Craig. There's an oddly old-fashioned aura about the story. The time is 1888; the attitude towards the ""heathen"" natives, towards the relationship between parents and children, towards the unforgivable sin of Greg, one of the sons, who marries the lovely Indian girl, granddaughter of the chief -- all speak of another era. But in spite of this there is a certain tense excitement in the story, the meeting of crisis when the Indians seem ready to turn against the only family of whites, Florence's fears lost Bel, too, will find her brother's marriage a hopeless barrier. An unusual story for the upper teens.

Pub Date: March 30th, 1949
Publisher: Morrow