Sign of the Beaver

by Elizabeth George Speare Year Published: 1983 Historical Fiction

Although he faces responsibility bravely, 13 year old Matt is more than a little apprehensive when his father leaves him alone to guard their new cabin in the wilderness.  When a renegade white stranger steals his gun, Matt realizes he has no way to shoot game or protect himself.  When Matt meets Attean, a boy in the Beaver clan, he begins to better understand their way of life and their growing problem in adapting to the white man and the changing frontier.