The Last Algonquin

The copy of The Last Algonquin by Ted Kazimiroff that I read was an unassuming, musty-smelling paperback with fragile binding and tiny print that discouraged me from reading it for several months. Once I finally picked it up, I had trouble putting down this true story of a Native American, Joe Two Trees, who was left to fend for himself at a young age and made to grow up mostly alone. The tale unfolds as an aged Joe Two Trees relates his remarkable life story to a young Boy Scout (the author’s grandfather), and in the telling, forges a touching bond with the child. There is action, humor, heartbreak, adventure, and characters who you will both love and learn to loathe. A fascinating look at a unique life and a time when America was mostly tamed, but still sometimes wild.

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