SPARROW HAWK by Meridel La Sueur


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As different from Little Brother of the Wilderness and Nancy Hanks as they are from each other, this is an artistically conceived and executed story of Sparrow Hawk, young Indian hunter, of the tribe of which Black Hawk was chief. Sparrow Hawk held more of responsibility than the other boys, for his father was dead, and he was sole provider. The time was that when orders from Jackson in Washington decreed that the Sauks move out of their lands to government reservations, and when Black Hawk was attempting to win the right to stay. There was division within the tribe, and bitterness between Indians and whites. Despite this Sparrow Hawk's closest friend was a white boy, Huck, whose parents were squatters. Through a story that ends in bitter warfare runs the thread of the attempts of a few wise men to solve the problems peaceably. Tenuous as to plot thread and somewhat manuered in style, this is- we feel- more likely to appeal to adults than to children. Not easy reading.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 1950
Publisher: Knopf