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Caleb’s Crossing by by Geraldine Brooks

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In 1660, Bethia and Caleb meet on their native island, Martha’s Vineyard, and strike up a clandestine friendship. Bethia, the 12-year-old daughter of a Calvinist minister, and Caleb, the son of a Wampanoag chieftain, are both changed irrevocably as each begins to see the world and her or his place in it through different eyes. Inspired by the true story of Caleb Cheeshahteaumauk, who in 1665 was the first Native American graduate of Harvard, this fictional novel highlights the racism that destroyed native cultures. At the same time, it celebrates the common bond of all humanity. (Viking)

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