The Buffalo Knife by William O. Steele

The Buffalo Knife

By William O. Steele
Level 5

This is a great adventure novel about early America. I loved the emphasis on strong families, courage, and faith. The story is engaging and should be enjoyed by even reluctant readers. I found no objectionable material. However, the main character talks about how excited he is to hunt and kill animals and Indians when he gets older, which some parents may not like. Later in the story, he kills an Indian to defend his family, but feels sick about doing so. The descriptions of violence are not graphic. The vocabulary and writing are excellent.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Genre Historical Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • 4 Entertainment Value
  • 3.5 Moral Value
  • 4 Educational Value
  • 4 Literary Value
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