The White Oneida

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The White Oneida

by Jean Rae Baxter


  • September 2014
  • ISBN 978-1-55380-332-4
  • ebook ISBN: 978-1-55380-334-8
  • PDF ISBN: 978-1-55380-331-1
  • 5-1/4″ x 7-5/8″ Trade Paperback, 280 pages
  • Young Reader Novel – Ages 9 to 12

In her fourth historical novel dealing with British North America and the American Revolution, Jean Rae Baxter focuses on Broken Trail, a young boy who was born white but captured and adopted by the Oneida people. The great Mohawk leader Thayendanegea – known to Euro-Canadians as Joseph Brant – has chosen Broken Trail to assist him in the daunting task of uniting all the tribes and nations with the goal of establishing a country of their own. In preparation, Broken Trail must attend a Christian boarding school for native youth, where he soon finds that he has to gain the trust of young men from many different tribes whose ancient enmities lie barely concealed beneath the surface. With the help of Yellowbird, the only woman student, he discovers that the school – racist in the extreme – is a place of secrets where appearances can be deceiving and loyalty is sometimes proven in unexpected ways. As a first step, Brant sends Broken Trail on a long journey to meet with Tecumseh, the young Shawnee leader, to begin the work of union. In this tale of intrigue and adventure, Baxter once again demonstrates her ability to convert the past into living history.

Reviews & Awards:

“Baxter’s practiced skill includes enough historical detail to pique the interest of the true historian, while not drowning the plot in dry detail.” –Loyalist Gazette

“Baxter is an astute storyteller . . . A captivating story of a young man’s education and his acceptance of himself as he truly is, not as others want him to be.” –Quill & Quire

“It is not the well-constructed plot of The White Oneida that renders it such a successful historical novel so much as the weaving together of the threads of political machinations surrounding the history of the Iroquois nations in Canada[.]” –Karyn Huenemann

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