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Author of CULLOO as well as short stories and poetry. Dedicated organic gardener, soapmaker and listener.
on Dec. 23, 2013 :
A thrilling adventure about an almost thirteen year old girl and her younger brother who set off on their bicycles in search of their father, Tom, who they are sure is in the nearby woods. There they discover the reason he has not returned home is that poachers are about and there is a good chance they have hurt Tom.
Their search takes them deep into the woods where they seem to be under the protection of an unseen presence which they think might be the legendary Culloo and are guided by the sweet tobacco smell of what they can only imagine are the stone people.
A delightful story of courage compassion and suspense. There were huge obstacles to overcome, heart stopping moments and subtle messages about conservation and human connectedness.
Children as young as ten would probably be able to read it for themselves because of the easy writing style but I would recommend this story to young adults too, and it would be great as a book that parents could read to under tens.
(review of free book)
on Dec. 22, 2013 :
There were so many things I enjoyed about the story Culloo. I was struck immediately by the authentic voice of the main character, a teenage girl on the cusp of adulthood. The story flowed beautifully with just enough description to give me a wonderful sense of the characters surroundings without getting bogged down with too much flowery language. The plot was fast paced and although it was clear that the story was intended for children, the character development and level of suspense made the story enjoyable for me as an adult. I especially loved how the author infused the native american culture and a respect for nature into this coming of age gem. Looking forward to sharing Culloo with the children in my life and to reading more stories by this author.
(review of free book)
on Sep. 26, 2013 :
The thrilling adventure story of two young siblings, written with passion and love.
As the daughter of a forest ranger, I easily related to the two courageous children, Tala and Dason, who faced dangerous situations while looking for their father in the forest, which was full of danger and enemies. Left without their mother, the young children were about to be taken by child protective services. They desperately needed to find their father, who had not come home.
To avoid being sent to a foster home, the brother and sister leave their home to search for their father, threatened by hunters, who broke the law. While looking for their father, they find themselves in Culloo country. Remembering their father's story about the giant bird living on top of the mountain, the children were scared. Lovingly taking care of each other, the two spent the night in the dark forest, afraid of Culloo and the Stone People. Through their dangerous journey, they believed Culloo had more protective power than they thought. They understood that the Culloo's feathers guided them away from danger and showed them the way to their father.
This is an exciting story, very well paced, rounded, and nicely connected to the spiritual life of Native Americans. The author beautifully describes the nature of the forest and mysterious places, which easily attracts the reader. Murielle Cyr used very delicate but descriptive language while trying to teach children about preserving nature, respecting spirits and all living things. Reading this story, I felt as if I were present in each scene.
This story teaches young readers about Native American customs, which gives this book a mysterious and intriguing feeling. The background information about the spiritual traditions of Native Americans makes the children's adventure more thrilling and interesting. This story also has a sweet touch. I felt as if the mother's love was watching over her children all night.
Overall, it is a fantastic book for young readers who like real adventures with a mysterious twist. As a grown-up, I enjoyed reading this story as much as if I were a child. It is a wonderful book for slightly older children, who have outgrown picture books.
(review of free book)
on Aug. 23, 2013 :
I really liked this story a lot. The author does a brilliant job portraying children in a very dire situation. The mystical aspects of this story is subtle which I believe makes the impression all the more powerful. I found myself on the edge of my seat for most of it. I highly recommend this story!
(reviewed long after purchase)