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Night of the Full Moon: Stepping Stones    by Gloria Whelan order for
Night of the Full Moon
by Gloria Whelan
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Random House, 2006 (1993)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Night of the Full Moon is a sequel to Gloria Whelan's Next Spring an Oriole, in which the Mitchells traveled in a pioneer wagon to the Saginaw area in Michigan. Along the way, they befriended a Potawatomi family. In particular, ten-year-old Libby became close to the Indian girl they nursed back to health, whom they nicknamed Fawn.

Now, in springtime, the Potawatomi have returned from their winter trapping grounds, and Libby and Fawn are reunited. Fawn's father Sanatuwa honors Libby and her dad with an invitation to a naming ceremony for his new son. But when the time comes, Papa is helping to deliver his own son, and Libby slips away to attend on her own. It's a wonderful experience until it's interrupted by soldiers rounding up the Potawatomi and forcing them to relocate. Since Libby is wearing her friend's clothing and is browned by the sun, the soldiers won't believe she's not Indian. Will she ever see her family again?

It's an exciting read, and history comes to life in Gloria Whelan's vivid descriptions. She speaks eloquently in the voice of a Potawatomi elder: 'Hear me. Even the wild creatures of the forest have a home, while our homes are taken from us ... What have you given us in return for what you have taken from us? You have given us sickness to destroy our bodies and whiskey to destroy our spirit.'

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