An unexpected review in this month’s issue of “Roundup Magazine,” by the Western Writers of America, of my book Battle of Little Bighorn, which is a Spur Award Finalist this year. Thanks to my talented wife, Sue, for the fantastic art direction.
JOHN HAMILTON. Battle of Little Bighorn. Abdo Publishing. Hardcover, 32 pages, $18.95, abdopublishing.com.
As one of the “Great Battles” books in this series for young readers, Battle of Little Bighorn is told in concise chronological order and ends in “A Message For the Living.” This final chapter tells of the two memorials at Last Stand Hill, the stone marker commemorating the 7th Cavalry, which was placed in 1881, and the much newer 2003 “Peace Through Unity” Indian Memorial, built to “encourage peace among all the races.” What a fitting and unique ending to this often-told, but still tragic, historical event. John Hamilton does a great job in the retelling and makes excellent use of photos, maps, and sketches.