The summer of a young boy's twelfth year culminates in life-changing events that affect every member of the Hayden household, including a self-effacing father, a clear-sighted mother, a war-hero uncle, and a Sioux housekeeper. Book available.
Highly readable, it tells the story of 12yo David Hayden and his family's Sioux housekeeper, Marie Little Soldier.
The relationships between David, his mother, father and the housekeeper are tightly intertwined and David cares for all three of them deeply even though he seems to doubt his father for a short time.
David's feelings for his uncle are very mixed and he seems to be the first person to teach David that people are not always what they seem. Unfortunately David learns this in a tragic way.
Although the book deals with 'heavy' themes it never becomes heavy to read.
Overall a good piece of short fiction.
by the way, the girl with no friends, hi