Summer of Two Worlds

Children - Coming of Age
168 Pages
Reviewed on 08/18/2020
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Author Biography

During the years from 1980 to 1982 I had the great pleasure of working with two enthusiastic boys who had each given a great deal of themselves in helping to share programs in camping and
Indian lore with other youngsters. I decided to write an adventure as a remembrance of this time and have created a character as a gift for each.
This story would never have been conceived if it had not been for another summer and another camp and another boy who was my invaluable assistant. His character, created three years before in a story never finished, is an integral part of this one.
So it is that Michael, also known as Prairie Cub, Lawrence Kaymond, and Scot Robinson, while not copied from these three, are named for them and created as a gift for each.
Summer of Two Worlds is dedicated in His love and the love of friendship to Michael Flanagan, Larry King, Scot Robins, and Eric Malave.
All photography is by the author. Prairie Cub is represented by Michael Flanagan. Lawrence Kaymond is represented by Larry King. Because Scot Robins was not available, Scot Robinson is represented by Eric Malave, a student of the author’s in another time and another place.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite

Summer of Two Worlds (3rd edition) by J. Arthur Moore is a coming-of-age story that takes place six years after the Battle of the Little Big Horn. Prairie Cub is an orphan raised since the age of three as the son of a Sioux warrior. He remembers nothing of his white pioneer heritage except that his name was Michael. Now approaching the summer of his twelfth year, Prairie Cub faces the destruction of his family’s way of life as the railroad brings more white people to the region, the buffalo herds are decimated, and soldiers arrive to resettle the remaining Indians onto distant reservations. Can newfound friends and the wisdom of his father and grandfather help Prairie Cub/Michael survive the clash between his two worlds?

In Summer of Two Worlds, J. Arthur Moore gives us a dramatic and touching story suitable for both adult and young adult readers alike. The narrative is utterly engaging, written in flowing and highly descriptive language. The story moves at a good pace. The settings and characters are finely drawn through descriptions, action, and dialog. Indian traditions and spirituality are respectfully portrayed. Family relationships and friendships span both cultures and represent positive moral values. When there are conflict and violence between whites and Indians the point of view attempts to be fair and to improve the reader’s understanding of the tragedy and injustice which the loss of lands, lifestyle, freedom, and culture bring to an ancient and proud people. It made me wish for a sequel. Highly recommended.