The Second Bend in the River
Title: The Second Bend in the River
Author: Ann Rinaldi
In 1798 Rebecca, a young settler in the Ohio territory, meets the Shawnee chief called Tecumseh whom she grows to love and then must choose a future on her family homestead or one with the man she loves.
Lexile Level: 540
Guided Reading Level: NR
Rebecca Galloway is afraid of Indians. But then she meets Tecumseh, the powerful Shawnee leader. Slowly, they strike up a friendship. Whenever he comes to visit, Rebecca teaches him English grammar and helps him with his speeches. Tecumseh, in turn, teaches her about the ways of his people — and about his efforts to make peace with the settlers on their land.
As she grows older, Rebeccca’s friendship deepens into love. She’s surprised to learn that Tecumseh shares her feelings. But now she must make a painful choice. Can Rebecca leave the pioneer life she knows to be Tecumseh’s wife?