An excellent historical novel based solidly on facts unearthed by history detective Kathleen Karr. Written for readers from middle school through those adults who realize youth books can be very interesting. Storyline: 15 year old Christopher comes with his family as part of the brae colonists who came from England to be the first to arrive in the Carolinas. They are welcomed by the Sewee Indians, especially by 15 year old brave Asha-po. Many adventures, much learning about each other, and a plot that carefully leads you into an almost unbelievable ending (based solidly in fact) makes this book a good read and a valuable learning experience.
Christopher is an early settler teenage boy that is attempting to survive in South Carolina. Over time, he develops a friendship with Asha-po, a native America of the Sewee tribe. Christopher teachers Asha-po English and Asha-po teaches Christopher survival skills. While the friendship is strained because of the culture conflicts, it comes in useful when the Sewee tribe helps defend the settlers against enemies without much repayment. When more settlers come though, Christopher needs to figure out where to stand and when he needs to keep others from crossing the line.
While I enjoy a lot of historical fictions, this one wasn't my ultimate favorite. It's well written and rich with details. I could picture events clearly in my mind and had no problems fitting into the story. It just reads more historical than fiction. Probably because of the details, it feels like I'm watching a documentary. I'm learning about the cultures as I read, but never really feel like I'm on an adventure with the two of them. I would've actually rated it a little lower, except I do have students that love history and stated they couldn't put the book down and have grabbed for it more than once. Obviously, the book is hitting the interest of the target audience, so I'm wrong and the kids are right.