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High Middle Ages

Author: Bruchac, Joseph
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Time Period: High Middle Ages
Time Frame: 1300
Geographic Area: North America
Country: United States
Topics: Indigenous Americans, Iroquois Nation
Genre: Fiction, Biography
Reading Age: Middle Grade, Upper Middle Grade
Format: Chapter Book
Published: 2021

American History > High Middle Ages > Indigenous American History

A twelve-year-old Iroquois boy searches for peace in this historical novel based on the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy.

Twelve-year-old Okwaho's life has suddenly changed. While he and his best friend are out hunting, his friend is kidnapped by men from a neighboring tribal nation, and Okwaho barely escapes. Everyone in his village fears more raids and killings: The Five Nations of the Iroquois have been at war with one another for far too long, and no one can remember what it was like to live in peace.

Okwaho is so angry that he wants to seek revenge for his friend, but before he can retaliate, a visitor with a message of peace comes to him in the woods. The Peacemaker shares his lesson tales—stories that make Okwaho believe that this man can convince the leaders of the five fighting nations to set down their weapons. So many others agree with him. Can all of them come together to form the Iroquois Great League of Peace?

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