This historical fiction book is about a boy who is left to watch his families alone alone in Maine during the eighteenth century. Matt is twelve years old and learns to survive in the wilderness thanks to a Native American boy named Attean. In return, Matt teaches Attean how to read. They learned to become friends inspite of the many differences their cultures have.
- Discuss the differences of the Native American and American culture. What are some similarities and differences? Should you judge someone by their culture or beliefs?
- Do you have a friend who is a polar opposite of you? How do you get along? What do you like about them?
- Ask students to select passages from the book that signify the developing friendship of Matt and Attean.Have students write a journal entry about the passages they recovered from the story.
- Have students complete a post-card from Matt's point of view based on how he felt the day Attean left with his tribe.
- Have students choose a scene from the novel they feel best represents friendship. Students can write a script and act it out. Students can also change the scene to make it a more present day version of their friendship.