Whispers in the Wind

Author: Headapohl, Betty

Subjects: Slavery; American History; Native Americans; African-Americans

Age: 12, 13, 14, 15

Grade: 7, 8, 9, 10

Order code: 2974

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 2974S

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“...packs a powerful story...does a good job of enlightening students about the time period. Recommended for junior high school students.” – KLIATT Magazine

This is a superb period piece drawn against accurate historical detail that captures a time in American history before the Civil War when slavery was practiced by Native American tribes and white plantation owners. It was a time when Native Americans and African-Americans often were enslaved on plantations side by side.

The story of Little Moon, a Tsalagi maiden, spans four years and runs full circle from her kidnapping by slavers to her return to the Land of a Thousand Smokes as a young woman. A beautiful tribal child raised with a reverence for nature, mindful of omens, and believing in spirits, Little Moon ponders the acceptance of white man’s ways by some tribes. When a runaway, injured black slave is sheltered by her people, Little Moon is awestruck by his size and appearance. White slavers are on his trail and eager to do business, even if it means taking Little Moon and selling her to a Creek tribe.

During her days as a Creek slave, Little Moon contrasts the Creek way of life with that of the Tsalagi. The beautiful but jealous Laughing Eyes, who owns Little Moon, maneuvers to keep her from Panther Shadow, a young Creek warrior who is interested in her. Eventually Laughing Eyes connives to have Little Moon taken by white slavers, who then sell her to a white plantation owner. 

The book explores the relationships between Little Moon and the plantation’s black slaves. The slaves befriend her and teach her English. Jeremiah, whom her people had sheltered, has been recaptured and returned to this plantation. The two become friends and execute an escape that is doomed to end in the slaver’s hands. However, out on a hunt, Panther Shadow intercedes and vanquishes the slavers. He ushers Little Moon and Jeremiah safely back to the Land of a Thousand Smokes, where he declares his love for Little Moon, who is now a beautiful young woman. The story ends happily with the ritual of the engagement offering.

“...packs a powerful story...does a good job of enlightening students about the time period. Recommended for junior high school students.” – KLIATT Magazine

This is a superb period piece drawn against accurate historical detail that captures a time in American history before the Civil War when slavery was practiced by Native American tribes and white plantation owners. It was a time when Native Americans and African-Americans often were enslaved on plantations side by side.

The story of Little Moon, a Tsalagi maiden, spans four years and runs full circle from her kidnapping by slavers to her return to the Land of a Thousand Smokes as a young woman. A beautiful tribal child raised with a reverence for nature, mindful of omens, and believing in spirits, Little Moon ponders the acceptance of white man’s ways by some tribes. When a runaway, injured black slave is sheltered by her people, Little Moon is awestruck by his size and appearance. White slavers are on his trail and eager to do business, even if it means taking Little Moon and selling her to a Creek tribe.

During her days as a Creek slave, Little Moon contrasts the Creek way of life with that of the Tsalagi. The beautiful but jealous Laughing Eyes, who owns Little Moon, maneuvers to keep her from Panther Shadow, a young Creek warrior who is interested in her. Eventually Laughing Eyes connives to have Little Moon taken by white slavers, who then sell her to a white plantation owner. 

The book explores the relationships between Little Moon and the plantation’s black slaves. The slaves befriend her and teach her English. Jeremiah, whom her people had sheltered, has been recaptured and returned to this plantation. The two become friends and execute an escape that is doomed to end in the slaver’s hands. However, out on a hunt, Panther Shadow intercedes and vanquishes the slavers. He ushers Little Moon and Jeremiah safely back to the Land of a Thousand Smokes, where he declares his love for Little Moon, who is now a beautiful young woman. The story ends happily with the ritual of the engagement offering.

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