Bruchac, Joseph. The dark pond.

Author:Rohrlick, Paula
Position::Brief Article - Young Adult Review - Book Review

BRUCHAC, Joseph. The dark pond. Harper-Trophy. 142p. illus, c2004. 0-06-052998-9. $5.99. JS

To quote the review of the hardcover in KLIATT, July 2004: Arnie, part Shawnee and part Armenian, boards at a prep school while his parents, high-powered lawyers, are off working for the rights of native peoples. "Built like a bull" and just as stubborn, Arnie feels awkward with people but he has an uncanny closeness with nature and with animals: birds, for instance, like to ride on his head and shoulders. His prep school is in the Adirondacks and Arnie enjoys hiking in the wilderness, until he starts to feel drawn to a mysterious dark pond in the woods and begins to have nightmares about it. The story of Grendel, which he is studying in class, makes him think of old Native American tales about water monsters and he researches them in the library. Arnie's fears are confirmed when a member of the school grounds crew, a Native American...

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