Night Wings by Joseph Bruchac (Harper Collins 2009)

December 21, 2009 at 4:49 pm Leave a comment

Stand back, Sasquatch and Big Foot! Make room for Pmole, a giant creature with a huge wingspan and red burning eyes. He lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire where the old Abernaki trails and the old ways are not too distant. Thirteen-year-old Paul lives with his almost silent grandfather Peter in a trailer while Paul’s parents are deployed to a war zone in the Middle East. Grampa Pete served in the Vietnam War, one in a long line of Indian military men in the family who enlisted from the Revolutionary War to the present. He is a scout and knows the woods, lakes, and peaks of the White Mountains. It is no surprise when a small group of bad guys making a TV documentary arrive at the trailer and force Pete and Paul to help them find the ancient treasure of Pmole where it is  hidden at the top of Mount Washington. The book covers the familiar pattern of kidnapping, violence, guns, and a chase. The ordinary, however, is leavened with Abernaki folklore, respect for nature, and Paul’s resourcefulness in the face of danger. This is an old-fashioned action book most middle school boys will enjoy.

J Fic , Recommend- Lillian Hecker (Pelham)

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