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Last Child

Last Child

Michael Spooner

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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A mixed-race girl must grow up quickly when danger threatens her world

Rosalie's biggest problem used to be her own divided feelings. The constant tug-of-war between her white half and her Native American half is hard. She even has two names: Rosalie when she's at the fort with her father and Last Child when she's in the village with her mother.

But now a steamboat has carried smallpox into Rosalie's world—and the Mandans have no resistance to the disease. Suddenly the name Last Child is all too real.

Set during the smallpox epidemic of 1837, this is the powerful story of a mixed-race girl fighting her way into adulthood against all odds.

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Last Child

PART ONE
Fort Clark
One




"What do you mean, you think they're sick?" My father's voice cannonballed through the door of his tiny room.
I sat...

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Michael Spooner

Michael Spooner writes both poetry and prose for children, and is the director of the Utah State University Press. He lives with his family in Logan, Utah.

Michael Spooner

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