Little Brother Real Snake is the coming-of-age tale of Red Squirrel, a Plains Indian youth. Though the son of a respected warrior who died bravely in battle, Red Squirrel is slight of stature and a daydreamer who faces several trials on his way to manhood -- with two unfriendly members of his own tribe, an Apache warrior, and in a moving final scene with a much-feared snake. In accepting these challenges, Red Squirrel grows in self-knowledge, learns the lessons of his elders, and wins the hand of the lovely Pale Moon.
This novel is a young adult novel, tailored to middle-grade readers.
"Little Brother Real Snake is a rugged, engrossing adventure of courage, duty, and honor. Billy Moore’s story telling ability is first rate, and readers are sure to enjoy this native American tale. I heartily recommend this book." ―Brian Burks, author of Runs with Horses and Soldier Boy
"Author Billy Moore has taken me out on the plains and back in time following the incredible adventures of his young Indian boy,Little Brother Real Snake. A story rich in action and detail." ―Jean Craighead George, author of My Side of the Mountain and Newbery Medal-winning Julie of the Wolves
"In Little Brother Real Snake, Moore expertly depicts life among the plains Indians before the coming of the ‘white eyes’. Readers quickly come to care about the main character because, although part of a very different culture, Red Squirrel’s fears and hopes are very like young people’s in any age." ―Pamela Service, author of 14 novels for young readers including The Reluctant God and Vision Quest
"For any young reader who suffers from occasional self-doubt―and who doesn't?―Little Brother Real Snake should provide hope and comfort as a young Indian boy considered too small proves he can stand his own as a warrior." ―Elmer Kelton, Western Writers of America’s All-Time Best Western Author