The Crimson Cap

By Howard, Ellen

Publishers Summary:
When eleven-year-old Pierre Talon, son of a French Canadian Voyageur, sets out in 1684 on what became the last, ill-fated expedition of the great French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, Sieur de La Salle, he hopes to find help for his family, who are struggling in a settlement decimated by hunger, ilness, and Indian attacks. But the expedition to relocate the Mississippi River unravels when La Salle and his closest aides are murdered. Pierrre falls deathly ill, and into the hands of the Hasinai Indians. To his surprise, he finds that the Hasinai have a well-ordered, prosperous, and peaceful community. It is there that Pierre becomes a man, learning to hunt and fish, to swim, work the fields and build houses. But eventually he must choose between embracing the Hasinai ways forever or risking his life to hold onto his European identity and family responsibilities. Based on actual historical figures and events, this is a gripping survival story filled with fast friendships and cruel betrayals, cowardice and greed, courage and generosity. Pierre Talon's remarkable adventure will captivate young readers.

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978-0-82342-152-7
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School Library Journal

Reviewed on November 1, 2009

Gr 4-7 This novel documents the journey of 11-year-old Pierre Talon, the son of a French Canadian voyageur, who is invited by Monsieur de la Salle to accompany him on his expedition to find the Mississippi River. Leaving his poor and hungry mother, brothers, and sister to seek help for his family, Pierre sets off with nothing more than a coat, shirt, and sea biscuits, wearing his deceased or missing father's crimson cap. As the ex...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

A young boy named Pierre joins La Salle's expedition. After the explorer is murdered, Pierre becomes first a captiv...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

- A compelling book based on a true story. - The setting is unique in both time an...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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