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Keeping the Promise (1997)

Harsh elements, disease and dilemmas mark a Massachusetts family's move to uncharted Maine and a better life in 1768.

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William (Will) Hallowell
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Anne Hallowell
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Sakniss
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Attean
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Immigrated carpenter William 'Will' Hallowell hopes to make his family wealthy, after a fire ruined them in Springfield, Massachusettes, by moving to a claim in Maine territory. In order not to loose it, his son and apprentice Matt (13), a greenhorn city boy, must stay there while Will fetches spoiled wife and daughters, but an epidemic wrecks that plan. Matt is robbed by white neighbor Ben Loomis, but saved by old Penobscott Indian Sakniss, who demands in exchange mat teaches his his grandson Attean to read. From suspicion bordering on blind hatred, loyal friendship springs, yet the winter is unforgiving. Written by KGF Vissers

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Read the book!
19 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After having used this book for many years as a fourth grade teacher, I finally saw the movie. My students loved that it took place right here in Maine before it was a state. I found the movie really disappointing! The book is wonderful, but so much in the movie is changed. Matthew's survival in Maine inspired many students, and made them eager to read other 'survival books'. This movie's treatment of Matthew's development seems superficial. Attean never talks about his disdain for Robinson Crusoe's treatment of the man Friday, and that was very important. I probably would have enjoyed the movie more had I not read the book! If it makes anyone who watches it interested in reading the book, then I guess it was worth it.


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