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The Sign of the Beaver | [Elizabeth George Speare]

The Sign of the Beaver

At just 12 years old, Matt must face serious challenges in the Maine wilderness while awaiting his father's return to their cabin. When he is saved from a terrifying bee swarm attack by an Indian chief and his grandson Attean, Matt gains a valuable friend in the young Indian boy.
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Publisher's Summary

At just 12 years old, Matt must face serious challenges in the Maine wilderness while awaiting his father's return to their cabin.

When he is saved from a terrifying bee swarm attack by an Indian chief and his grandson, Attean, Matt gains a valuable friend in the young Indian boy.

As the boys become closer and learn new skills from each other, Matt must face a heart-wrenching decision when the tribe decides to move north. Is it time for Matt to move on with Attean's tribe and give up hope of his family ever returning?

©2004 Elizabeth George Speare; (P)2008 Random House, Inc.

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    Andrew Hubbard Australia 08-05-12
    Andrew Hubbard Australia 08-05-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Good story, dubious dialog, irritating music"
    What made the experience of listening to The Sign of the Beaver the most enjoyable?

    The story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sign of the Beaver?

    When the main character encounters a bear.


    What does Greg Schaffert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Annoyance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the rifle is stolen.


    Any additional comments?

    There is music at the beginning of each section that is REALLY annoying and distracting. The sooner producers of audiobooks stop adding music at all, the better, IMHO.

    The reader sounds like an adolescent boy, and he does a competent job, but I always groan when a child does the narrating because inevitably, in terms of voices, nuance, and general acting skills, they are not up to the job. Still, it is a book for kids, and kids might connect better to another kid.

    No doubt Sign of the Beaver is a well written novel. As for the plot, it is thoroughly convincing; the voice, in the first-person of an 18th-century adolescent boy, equally so. The concept, that the narrator is stranded alone in a wilderness cabin is engaging; its resolution, that a Indian boy and his grandfather come to his rescue, is perfectly acceptable. The only aspect of the novel that is a little tough, at least for an adult reader who is aware of stereotypes, is the cliched manner of speech of the Indian characters. Of course, this can be forgiven, given the time the book was written. (Meanshile, another book, Last of the Mohicans, written almost a hundred years earlier, presents similar characters speaking English in a more convincing way.) Still, this hardly ruins the book; and, it's overall sympathetic and otherwise believable portrayal of the Native American characters more than makes up for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joselin Granada Hills, CA, United States 11-06-12
    Joselin Granada Hills, CA, United States 11-06-12
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    "This was a great book :)"
    If you could sum up The Sign of the Beaver in three words, what would they be?

    Sad,
    Adventurous
    Survival


    What did you like best about this story?

    My favorite part was when Matt taught Atean to read.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Schaffert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Well it made me laugh alot.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carey Clark China 04-02-12
    Carey Clark China 04-02-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Great story, well read--my children enjoyed it"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an assigned read-aloud for our children's homeschool. Occasionally we use audiobook versions for study because it makes it easier on mom not to have to do all the reading aloud. Our children really enjoyed this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer fort campbell, ky, United States 08-16-13
    Amazon Customer fort campbell, ky, United States 08-16-13
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    "WOULD NOT DOWNLOAD"
    What would have made The Sign of the Beaver better?

    I paid for this and it would not download. I tried on numerous devices. Kept saying corrupt file!


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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