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|Characters in the story are very well
developed and there are no "good guys" or "bad guys". The story explores
delicate ideas of peace, war, freedom, family and devotion in a compassionate
and exciting, suspenseful way. The title refers to the ending of the book
in which the Abenakis place an arrow over the door of the Quakers house of
worship to show that they are people of peace. Pacifism triumphs in this story
of compassion and wisdom in the real world.
Included in the book are full-page drawings in shades of gray and author's
notes recounting research done and any changes he made in his retelling.
Our pre-teen son enjoyed the book very much, as did myself, our 15-year-old
niece and many other family members who read it very quickly and passed it
along! I plan to read it to my 9 year old this summer and am quite sure he
will want to spend a long day reading so we hear all of it - the same way he has
with other Bruchac chapter stories!
Reviewed by Sara