Moon of Two Dark Horses
By Matt Berman,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Haunting tale set during the Revolutionary War.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Much racism between Whites and Indians, but the main characters do not succumb to it.
Violence & Scariness
Brief torture. A white man cuts off the ears of an Indian he has killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Menstruation is mentioned.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Drinking by a trader.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this book explores tensions among White settlers and Native Americans at the time of the Revolution. It's based on the true story of Queen Esther of the Delawares of Tioga Point.
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What's the Story?
As the Revolutionary War begins, best friends Daniel and Coshmoo are being torn apart. Coshmoo is a Delaware Native American boy, part of a tribe striving to remain neutral in the face of fierce pressure to join the British side. Daniel is a settler and on the Patriot side. Their belief in dreams and stories is the beginning of their efforts to hold on to friendship and prevent their people from destroying each other in war. Based on the true story of Queen Esther of the Delawares of Tioga Point.
Is It Any Good?
The darkly foreboding, mystical atmosphere is set up by the narrator, Coshmoo, who is dead. His spirit whispers the story on the wind in the branches of an ash tree. His tale is filled with portents and metaphorical visions, and tit's old in lyrical language. Pervaded by a sense of urgency and impending disaster, as the age-old cycle of revenge and hatred begins to replay along the Susquehanna River, this compelling novel flows ever faster to its inevitable, tragic conclusion.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the friendship between the two boys. Why are they so close? This can be a good starting point for further reading on the Revolution and the loyalties that united and divided settlers and Native Americans at the time.
- Author: Sally M. Keehn
- Genre: Historical Fiction
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: Penguin Group
- Publication date: February 22, 2004
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
- Number of pages: 218
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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