Sign of the Beaver (Cascades)

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 5T4.932818
Twelve-year-old Matt is left on his own in the Maine wilderness while his father leaves to bring the rest of the family to their new settlement. When he befriends Attean, an Indian chief’s grandson, he is invited to join the Beaver tribe and move north. Should Matt abandon his hopes of ever seeing his family again and go on to a new life?


From the Trade Paperback edition.
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published on April 17, 1986 by Collins Educational
ISBN-10: 0003300293
ISBN-13: 9780003300291
30 Book Reviews
  • fyf
    fyf3 months55 stars
    The Sign of the Beaver tells how an Indian boy and a White boy become close friends. Matt, a 13 year-old boy, is left to guard his cabin in the wilderness while his father fetches the rest of the family. After his gun and supplies are stolen, his life gets harder. One day, an Indian saves him from bee stings when he climbs a tree to get honey. Then Matt meets and interacts with Attean, the grandson of the Indian. Every day Attean teaches him a new skill and Matt reads to him books. Gradually their friendship grows. Sometimes Attean brings his dog along. Matt earns the family and tribes’s trust by caring for Attean’s dog. When the tribe is about to abandon their village, they invite Matt to join them. However, Matt makes the decision not to go along, but guard the cabin instead. Attean gives his dog to Matt as a gift of friendship. Eventually, his family comes home and they live happily ever after. I am touched by how Matt and Attean’s relationship grows over the course of the story.
    • fazebroski34
      fazebroski349 months55 stars
      very creative!!!!! It shows a beautiful way of surviving in the woods and using nature!! This book is an awesome way to learn to survive in the woods. 5 star all the time!!!!!!!!!!!!! Every time I read it I still get chills on how good it is.
      • awesomegirlb1
        awesomegirlb1over 1 year55 stars
        It shows all the emotions a person needs. It help people create a more wiser mind. It is a very fun book to read in any way.
        • nac
          nacabout 2 years55 stars
          Now that their frontier house is finished, 12 year-old Matt must stay behind while his father travels to bring their family to the frontier. And Matt becomes friends with an Indian boy his own age, and teaches him to read. From this Indian boy and his tribe he learns how to trap fish and animals, hunt, and turn nothing into something. And from them he also learns lessons of loyalty and trust, and as the winter comes and goes, Matt wonders if his family will ever come....... I enjoyed this story because of how he learned to survive on his own, and all the survival skills were cool.
          • efdgsgfgover 3 years
            good awesome
            • Trinityover 3 years
              I don’t like this book i had to read it for school and i lost interest in it and it was pretty boring to me but it may but better for others, that is just my opinion.
              • firepause551
                firepause551over 4 years33 stars
                This book was ok...o me... i kinda lost interest at the start but then it got better!!! my fav part is the end (not the sad part)!
                • fudagiwuny
                  fudagiwunyover 4 years55 stars
                  in the book he is left home alone his parents do... blank come home reccomended
                  • majise
                    majiseover 4 years55 stars
                    I LOVE THIS BOOK!
                    • jynyhivafi
                      jynyhivafiover 4 years
                      The sign of the beaver is a bout a boy who his dad leaves for a couple months and leaves his gun with his kid so he can get food but then it gets stolen and meets someone who can help him.