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The Lynching of Louie Sam is young adult novel by Elizabeth Stewart, about murder, racism, and injustice that wreak havoc in a frontier town.
In this historical fiction, fifteen-year-old George Gillies lives in the Washington Territory in the late 1800s, where white settlers have an uneasy relationship with the Native Indians. When a local man is found murdered, suspicion falls on Louie Sam, a young member of the Stó:lo tribe. George and his best friend, Pete, follow a lynch mob north into Canada, where the terrified boy is seized and hung. Racked with doubts, George begins to ask questions. Was Louie Sam really a murderer?
As George uncovers the truth—implicating Pete’s father—tensions in the town rise, and he must face his own part in the tragedy. Inspired by the true story of the lynching, recently acknowledged as a historical injustice by Washington State, this powerful novel illuminates the harsh racial divisions of a newly settled land.
A young adult novel for ages 10-14, from publisher Annick Press – more books for young people at http://www.annickpress.com.