The Shadow of the Wolf: Stepping Stones
Gloria Whelan & Tony Meers
Random House, 1997 (1997)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
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, continuing the adventures of thirteen-year-old Libby Mitchell (from a pioneering family in Michigan) and her best friend, the Potawatomi girl she calls Fawn.
t's Fall 1841 and the Mitchells leave Saginaw for the northern woods and a house overlooking Lake Michigan. Libby is thrilled that she'll be reunited with Fawn whose family previously moved north to join the Ottawa people. Though a timber company tries to hire Libby's Papa (a surveyor) he chooses to work for the Indians instead.
ibby and Fawn happily spend every free moment together. When a wolf is caught in a trap, they quarrel. Libby wants to free it, while Fawn feels it should be killed for its fur, a common practice amongst her people. Fawn reluctantly does what Libby asks, and later the wolf returns the favor when the two are lost in a snowstorm.
r. Mitchell helps the Indians foil those after their land, while Libby enjoys working with Fawn, Christmas celebrations, and an Indian wedding. And her Mama paints watercolors in which '
the sky and the lake melted in one blue puddle.
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