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Escape to the Everglades (Florida Historical Fiction for Youth)

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Running Boy of the Snake Clan of the Seminoles has lived with his uncle in the Everglades since his mother, a Seminole, and his father, a white man, were taken by the Breath Maker. Now he is fourteen and has received his adult name, Will Cypress, at the annual Green Corn Dance. In the eyes of his tribe Will is now a man, and he is eager to prove his courage as a warrior ag Running Boy of the Snake Clan of the Seminoles has lived with his uncle in the Everglades since his mother, a Seminole, and his father, a white man, were taken by the Breath Maker. Now he is fourteen and has received his adult name, Will Cypress, at the annual Green Corn Dance. In the eyes of his tribe Will is now a man, and he is eager to prove his courage as a warrior against the U.S. Army in the Second Seminole War. Will’s manhood is accepted by all the Seminoles except Tiger, a bully who has always hated Will because of his white blood and superior running and hunting skills. Hoping to convince Tiger of his loyalty to the Snake Clan, Will sets out to join Osceola’s band of warriors who are fighting to remain in Florida. On his way to the war chief’s camp, Will stumbles upon a family secret that makes the battle for his homeland a personal one. He never loses his will to overcome, even when the whites break their truce and capture the Seminoles and imprison them in the fort in St. Augustine. Will faces the daunting challenge of honoring his heritage while desperately struggling to hold on to his dream.


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Running Boy of the Snake Clan of the Seminoles has lived with his uncle in the Everglades since his mother, a Seminole, and his father, a white man, were taken by the Breath Maker. Now he is fourteen and has received his adult name, Will Cypress, at the annual Green Corn Dance. In the eyes of his tribe Will is now a man, and he is eager to prove his courage as a warrior ag Running Boy of the Snake Clan of the Seminoles has lived with his uncle in the Everglades since his mother, a Seminole, and his father, a white man, were taken by the Breath Maker. Now he is fourteen and has received his adult name, Will Cypress, at the annual Green Corn Dance. In the eyes of his tribe Will is now a man, and he is eager to prove his courage as a warrior against the U.S. Army in the Second Seminole War. Will’s manhood is accepted by all the Seminoles except Tiger, a bully who has always hated Will because of his white blood and superior running and hunting skills. Hoping to convince Tiger of his loyalty to the Snake Clan, Will sets out to join Osceola’s band of warriors who are fighting to remain in Florida. On his way to the war chief’s camp, Will stumbles upon a family secret that makes the battle for his homeland a personal one. He never loses his will to overcome, even when the whites break their truce and capture the Seminoles and imprison them in the fort in St. Augustine. Will faces the daunting challenge of honoring his heritage while desperately struggling to hold on to his dream.

33 review for Escape to the Everglades (Florida Historical Fiction for Youth)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ruth

    I read this to see if it would make a good read aloud choice for the Podlings. It lacks the sort of vibrancy I look for in a book I'm going to spend weeks reading aloud, and while I did very much enjoy the backdrop (the history as well as the physical backdrop of oak hammocks, slash pines, and cabbage palms) it's not quite what I'm looking for. I'd recommend it for individual reading, though, especially for middle grade readers who love history and might like a quick adventure story. I read this to see if it would make a good read aloud choice for the Podlings. It lacks the sort of vibrancy I look for in a book I'm going to spend weeks reading aloud, and while I did very much enjoy the backdrop (the history as well as the physical backdrop of oak hammocks, slash pines, and cabbage palms) it's not quite what I'm looking for. I'd recommend it for individual reading, though, especially for middle grade readers who love history and might like a quick adventure story.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chana Billet

    If the book entices my kids to read, and learn something in process, I'm all for it. While this book scores in both regards, the prose leaves much to be desired. Never-the-less, this is a wonderful way for my kids to learn about the clash of cultures between the Seminoles and the white settlers. If the book entices my kids to read, and learn something in process, I'm all for it. While this book scores in both regards, the prose leaves much to be desired. Never-the-less, this is a wonderful way for my kids to learn about the clash of cultures between the Seminoles and the white settlers.

  3. 4 out of 5

    BOB Benitez

    is exciting from the begining

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    Julie Hendry

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    Jacqulyn

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    Liz

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    Alexander Hurley

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    Sarah Idsardi

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    David

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    Melissa

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    Kollideoskope

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    Edward Sullivan

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    Tammaya

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    John Craft

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    Terri Johnson

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    Ember

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    Wendy Ross

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    Pineapple Press

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    Flyp 2011 Tweens

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    Sara

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    Don Woodman

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    Rosa Maria

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    Giovanni Lagambina

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    Reem Topel

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    Cynthia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Chris

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    Faith

  32. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Guardado

  33. 4 out of 5

    Sophie

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