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(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Second of The Tales of Alvin Maker, Red Prophet is a work of fantasy and adventure in the war between Native Americans and the predominantly white settlers of the American Midwest. Card presents this conflict by adapting the historical events of the war between American forces and eastern Native American tribes, united by Tecumseh and his brother, the Shawnee Prophet, especially the battle at Tippecanoe. Alvin becomes a means of bridging the two races as he learns to understand the Indians and their form of magic.

The central portion of the novel consists of Alvin Maker's adventures as he is captured by hostile Indians, and then rescued by friendly Indians, who teach him their way of life before they are driven west of the Mississippi River. These adventures take place...

(The entire section is 263 words.)