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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.