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In SEAN'S WAR, young Sean Callahan struggles to understand the conflict between his gentle immigrant stepmother and his gruff frontier father as northwestern Illinois erupts into war in 1832 between the white settlers and the Sauk-Fox Indians led by their warrior chief Black Hawk. Published by ShadowPlay Press in 1997.

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"What happened to Sean?" A question always asked after readers finish his story in SEAN'S WAR. The sequel, SEAN'S QUEST, shows the Black Hawk War has ended but conflict in Sean's family intensifies. Sean and his friends, Thunder Cloud, a Potawatomi Indian, and Becky, a settler girl, embark on a quest into the Minnesota region where Sean's mother is threatened by renegade Sioux Indians. Published by ShadowPlay Press, 2003