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Born in Eugene, OR and a grad of the UofO, I still made a success of my life by constantly changing jobs and cashing in miserable 401K earnings. Finally, I decided to hell with it. If I'm going to be poor, I might as well be a writer.
Sharon E. Cathcart
on June 21, 2010 :
In this well-researched YA novel, middle school students Billy, Hap and Fiona make friends with Mitch, the proverbial new kid in town (Klamath Falls, OR). Mitch is adopted, but has been told that his mother was Native American. He is very much interested in learning about his cultural heritage and, as part of that, wishes to go on a vision quest.
Mitch enlists the aid of his newfound friends, and the four go into the Bear Valley Bald Eagle Refuge for an illegal overnight camping trip that will allow Mitch to get the lay of the land for his own solo venture.
The kids' families are frantic, of course ... and they do run into some troublesome situations. Everything comes out well, of course, and the kids all learn some lessons.
Author Marva Dasef includes useful appendices with information on bald eagles, Native American spirituality, the tribes mentioned in the book ... and some writing prompts for YA readers to consider their own quests and adventures.
Highly enjoyable and entertaining.
(reviewed 60 days after purchase)
on June 03, 2010 :
I finished this book a lot faster than I expected to. It's a quick, easy read, and very enjoyable. I was pleasantly surprised by the informational pages included at the end of the book. Entertaining and educational. Thank you!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on May 21, 2010 :
Most people think of America as having no history earlier than the 1700's. This book clearly shows that there is a lot more to be found. The description of the scene and the information is enough to make you want to pack up an go there! There is a whole new world waiting for the city dwellers, and you don't have to be on a 'Vision Quest' to have an unforgettable experience. This is an ideal gift for any youngster - a good read.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)