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According to the gutsy sixth grade narrator of Bruchac s Heart of a Chief Sacagawea latest novel, the book draws from the traditions of Native American stories, especially one about a skeleton man, for its spine tingling effects Not long after Molly s parents mysteriously disappear one night, her great uncle shows up to claim her, with photographs of her family that convince the adults around her but not Molly that he is a relative In fact, the photos look suspiciously like those that belonged to her father, who grew up on a Mohawk reservation Each night, the bony guardian locks her into her room, allowing her to attend school during the day Molly relies on the deciphering of her dreams, her warrior girl courage and the support of her quirky but compassionate teacher to solve the mystery and rescue her parents The eerie figure of the semi human creature pretending to be Molly s uncle is particularly well drawn His fingers spread out so wide that they look like the talons of a giant bird His eyes are twin blue flames burning from within his skull The mix of traditional and contemporary cultural references adds to the story s haunting appeal, and the quick pace and suspense, particularly in the last few chapters, will likely hold the interest of young readers Ages CopyrightCahners Business Information, IncGrade Bruchac weaves an incredibly scary story of a girl whose warm, contented family is suddenly torn apart Molly s knowledge of and immersion in her Mohawk heritage is something she takes for granted, as are the wisdom and strength that come from understanding the traditional tales and listening to one s dreams She sets the stage as she tells one of her father s favorite stories about a man who is hungry and eats himself and then everyone around except for one clever young girl Molly then discloses that her own parents have suddenly disappeared An eerie, stick thin old man arrives claiming to be her only kin using the pictures from her father s wallet Adults on the scene vary from being clueless to well intentioned but ineffectual Brought to skeleton man s house and locked in a room every evening, Molly keeps trying to find a way out, eventually finding that heeding her dreams, combined with some great detective work, does the trick Better than many mystery writers, who make the clues obvious, Bruchac makes every word add to the tension right up to the final few pages Details of video cameras and computers help to sustain belief in a highly improbable plot The suspense draws readers in and keeps them engaged In the classic horror tradition, Bruchac offers a timely tale that will make hearts beat and brows sweat, and it has the bonus of a resourceful heroine to put the world right againCarol A Edwards, Sonoma County Library, Santa Rosa, CA CopyrightReed Business Information, Inc

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