The Indian

Young Adult - Coming of Age
272 Pages
Reviewed on 09/27/2016
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Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite

The Indian by Barry Kienzle is a young adult coming of age novel with elements of spirituality and religion mixed in. It will appeal most to an audience made up of primarily young adult boys as well as some adults who enjoy coming of age novels with a younger cast of characters. The Indian follows George and Schmitty during the time between the Great Depression and World War Two. George and Schmitty meet an older gentleman who owns an antique 1915 Indian Big Twin motorcycle that is attached to the spirit of its last owner; its last owner happened to be a World War One soldier who was killed during the war.

The Indian by Barry Kienzle is a well written novel with some elements of mystery and the supernatural mixed into its plot. The very first mystery that pulled me in was how the antique 1915 Indian Big Twin motorcycle could be in such pristine running condition after not having been touched in over five years. That one scene is really what pulled me into The Indian. I also really enjoyed the characters of George and Schmitty - they both had their own unique personalities that were perfectly crafted for their age and background. The dialogue was written perfectly and it all flowed naturally. It did not sound scripted; instead it sounded realistic for both the characters and the time period. I have to say that I really enjoyed reading The Indian by Barry Kienzle and I hope Barry decides to write a sequel.