The Matchlock Gun
by Walter D. Edmonds
Newbery Medal 1942
A boy must help his mother protect the family while his father is away during the French and Indian War; bravery, responsibility, self-sacrifice, following instructions and remaining cool under fire (figuratively and literally). Probably not 21st century PC depiction of the Native Americans, but it wasn't derogatory either.
connections: the Little House books (is it the art?), Johnny Tremain, Winter Danger