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Audience: 4th Grade - 8th Grade
James is the 12-year-old son of traders who run the trading post outside of Fort Wayne in what is now Indiana. Anikwa is a 12-year-old Miami Indian boy who lives with his aunt and uncle after his parents were killed. In the tradition of the Miami, he refers to his aunt and uncle as Mom and Dad and his cousins as brothers and sisters. James and Anikwa have been friends although they speak two different languages and live in two different worlds. Anikwa's family trades at the trading post, but they are closer than mere customers. They share goods like families would with each other. James wears moccasins made by Anikwa's mother and Anikwa wears socks knitted by James's mother. Then things start to change in the year of 1812. the British and the Americans are at war. The British Army is marching to attack Fort Wayne, while the Americans are sending more forces in order to protect it. The British have recruited many Native Americans to fight against the Americans, but Anikwa's family has tried to remain neutral. However, James's father has been ordered not to trade with them anymore, and strangers have come to the Miami's village to support the British. Can James and Anikwa remain friends? Can they even survive the coming war?
Date read: 2/1/2017
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