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The Flamingo Feather

Kirk Munroe

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .His long curls had fallen under the shears, and his closely cropped hair showed to advantage his well-formed head. He was tall for his age, his muscles had hardened with constant exercise, and his face, neck, and hands were tanned to a ruddy brown by the hot suns beneath which he had spent so many months. His brown eyes held a merry twinkle, but at the same time there was an expression of pride and fixed purpose in his face that well became it.

At this time he wore a small plumed cap, a leathern jacket, knee-breeches, stockings of stout yarn, and short boots, the legs of which fitted closely to his ankles. Simon, the armorer, had made for him a light steel corselet, that he wore over his leathern jacket whenever he went beyond the walls of the fort. Upon all such excursions he was armed with his well-tried cross-bow (for which he carried a score of steel-tipped bolts) and a small, but keen-edged, dagger that hung at his belt.

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Community Reviews

I just couldn't finish it. It wasn't holding my interest at all.

In about 1955, at about ten years of age, I first read this book. It was the first library book that ever read. It so stimulated me that it inspired me to become a an avid reader especially of books related to history and historic times. The story is so facinating and so well written as to stimulate

This isn't for everybody--but I really liked it. It's a very entertaining adventure novel in the vein of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson or Last of the Mohicans if Alexandre Dumas had written it instead of James Fenimore Cooper. I thought I was gonna hate it when I came across the archaic

This is an adventure story based loosely on events in the 1560s in Florida when Fort Caroline was established by the French, captured by the Spanish, then with local help, recaptured by the French.

Several of the characters were real people, most are, I suspect, invented.

Written in 1887, the writing