The Matchlock Gun
by Walter D. Edmonds
Edward lives in upstate New York while it was still a colony. The French and Indians have been attacking outlying parts of settlements, like the area where Edward lives.
Edward’s dad gets called away to help deal with a possible French attack. Edward is left with his mom and little sister and an old matchlock gun which his grandfather had brought to the new world.
There is a small chance that Indians may show up, so Edward’s mom has been vigilant all day but trying not to alarm the kids. As it becomes dusk, Edward’s mom is convinced the Indians are going to come because she has seen distant fires. She instructs him to be prepared with the gun.
Will Edward be able to handle the responsibility and the gun?
A Newbery winner and good for middle grade.