Robert Newton Peck Jenny L. Amy - Essay

Jenny L. Amy

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

In his usual fashion, Robert Peck has produced a book which will appeal to young adults…. The plot [of Eagle Fur] is well structured, the story fast moving and the characters well developed. The story gives a good representation of life on the frontier and of the bleak and savage atmosphere of the times. The description of the fur trade business and the expeditions of the traders is skillfully woven into the story.

The character of Ensign Owen McKee, a young Scottish soldier and map-maker introduces the rising conflict between Britain and France in 1754. Romantic interest is provided by Doe, an Indian girl who belongs to Benet yet is loved and worshipped by Abbott. This powerfully written story gives us vivid descriptions of the life of Abbott Coe and his contemporaries in good times and during a savage encounter with an Indian band who want more for their beaver pelts or, Eagle Fur, by stealing it back to sell again to the French. The life and death struggles and the pitting of rough men against the rough environment is striking. (pp. 53-4)

Jenny L. Amy, "Reviews: 'Eagle Fur'," in In Review: Canadian Books for Children, Vol. 14, No. 1, February, 1980, pp. 53-4.