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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,772 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Elizabeth George Speare Narrator: Greg Schaffert Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2004 ISBN: 9781400084999
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Twelve-year-old Matt is left on his own in the Maine wilderness while his father leaves to bring the rest of the family to their new settlement. When he befriends Attean, an Indian chief’s grandson, he is invited to join the Beaver tribe and move north. Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing his family again and go on to a new life?


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Quotes & Awards

  • Winner of the 1984 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luther Walker | 2/20/2014

    " actually, I HAVE 2 read it because of our reading groups- I'm in it with, Bill, Brandon, and Matt "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie Bennett | 2/16/2014

    " Totally a guy book. But, as a girl reading it, I must say that I stayed interested the whole time! Matt and his father, in the 18th century, go to Maine to get everything ready for his mother and sister's arrival such as building the log cabin and planting crops. But Matt's father must go back to get the girls and Matt is left alone in the cabin for the time. Things happen that he can't control and he must learn how to deal with these things until finally some local Indians have pity on him and help him in many ways. This was actually a pretty good book and I can see why it won the Newbery Honor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shelli | 2/6/2014

    " Good young adult book...kids read it for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 bkjunkie | 2/5/2014

    " This is a wonderful story with simple words and deep running themes about coming of age doing what's right taking care of others duty honoring promises being faithful learning to survive on your own and family love. I reaaly enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabrina Harrell | 2/2/2014

    " I love this book because it is soooo much fun to read!!!! I learned that you can make alot of thing with just youre hands "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Harry | 1/23/2014

    " First book I had every read. Great story, must have. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Davies | 1/14/2014

    " I love Speare's books, but I had never read this one, thinking it was a "boy" book. When my boy was seven we got it from the library to read in school and, afterwards, we went and bought it since we both love it so much. We read it again just recently for our homeschool book club and it was just as good the secong time and this time Dad and little sister got into it. I loved it as much as my son. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 1/10/2014

    " In my quest to read some classics and Newbery books that I've never read, I picked this one up. It had a great story, well-developed characters and setting and nice ending (everything I like!). It's suitable for girls or boys but is told from a boy's perspective at age 13 so I think when my son gets older he'll really like it. It teaches a lot of good lessons - faith (in his parents returning), trust (in his newfound friends), courage, responsibility, perseverance, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Sterzer | 1/2/2014

    " I just found this in one of my old boxes. When I was in fifth grade I read this book and loved it, it's still a really good book. It is wrote for a young audience, but is still a great quick read. It's about a father taking his son into the west to start a homestead in the mountains. His dad leaves to go get his the rest of the family, but don't come back and the son runs out of supplies. The only way he survives is with the help of an Indian how teaches him how to live off the forest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Molly | 12/24/2013

    " it is a class book!!!!! kind of boring, but not always. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Claire | 10/23/2013

    " it was a good book but not the best kinda recomed it and kinda hard to comprehend "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aisha | 10/17/2013

    " Really enjoyed reading this outloud with my 7 year old son. Very good for boys! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maddie | 10/8/2013

    " Kind of a odd book but it isnt a bad book. If you like history you'll like this book i think. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Malina | 9/12/2013

    " Read aloud to kids. Interesting read, though looking at reviews it is apparently not considered an accurate view of Native Americans. Still a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vic | 8/8/2013

    " Love the relationship that white boy forges with Indians. I'm always fascinated how to survive in the wilderness. Great tips in this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brett | 5/18/2013

    " Wonderful book. Reading books like this take me back to the magic of childhood. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/3/2013

    " Good upper elementary book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 11/17/2012

    " This was such a delighful read. I liked how the boys, Matt and Attean friendship grow. It althought ended to soon. I would have loved for this story to go on and on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli | 10/17/2012

    " I read this with my 3rd-6th grade students. I enjoyed it very much so was surprised that some of my students weren't as excited about it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arantxa | 5/23/2012

    " A timeless book that talks about friendship, family, trust and believing in yourself - even when the odds are against you. It's the story of how two teenage boys of different racial backgrounds overcome their small prejudices and befriend each other and learn from their experiences together. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordynn Peterson | 5/9/2012

    " It was a good book. I learned that friends and family are very important "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Huda | 2/1/2012

    " I read this book in school and it was my favorite of all the books I read that year. It was adventurous and I liked that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alec | 12/14/2011

    " This is an awesome novel! It really gives the meaning of friendship :P "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christine | 7/30/2011

    " Read this book with my son Reuben. Great story for young preteen boys! Touching story...worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wealhtheow | 6/19/2011

    " I believe the teen chews tree sap instead of gum? This blew my mind. I tried it, but either did something terribly wrong or I'm just not 'core enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patrick | 5/16/2011

    " Old Children's Book. Liked it as a kid, but haven't read it in years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 5/12/2011

    " We started reading this book the week we were going camping. We loved Matt's relationship with the Indians and all the survival skills he learns. This was a great book for a boy (which is sometimes hard to come by) but Katelyn definately enjoyed it too.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 chris | 5/5/2011

    " I taught this to my seventh graders as part of a series of "in the wilderness" type books. I am not sure that any of us really enjoyed the book, so much, but it was also short and action-filled enough that none of them complained about it either. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 4/27/2011

    " Listened in car as an audio book. We all enjoyed it. It is a classic and helped my boys climb into the world of pioneers and Native Americans "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dondero | 4/22/2011

    " Many good turning points in this story of a boy who lives in a cabin and befriends and Indian boy. Survival skills in the wild. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 4/21/2011

    " This book was an excellent cross-curricular novel with American History objectives. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 4/16/2011

    " Would highly recommend to 9-13 year old boys (and some girls). Short, too the point and no fluff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 4/11/2011

    " pretty good exept for one part if u want 2 know wat it is comment "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bryton | 3/16/2011

    " I thought this was a really good book. I actuly enjoyed reading this book. I liked it because it was a short story. I also liked it because it has some action in it. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Taj | 3/16/2011

    " it sucked epicly i read it it is not a good book dont like it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beenita | 3/9/2011

    " this is the most incredible book i ever read because when i was ten years old i did this book
    for book report and every teacher love it now is 20 but i still love. "

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About the Author
Author Elizabeth George Speare

Elizabeth George Speare (1908–1994), born and raised in Melrose, Massachusetts, earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Boston University, taught high school, married, and raised two children before beginning her career as a writer. Her prizewinning writings for children and young adults are noted for their authentic settings, intriguing plots, and accurate historical details.