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Skeleton man

by Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

Format: Print Book 2001
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 6 copies
Available (6)
Location Collection Call #
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Children's Fiction j BRUCHAC
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  j BRUCHAC
Northland Public Library Children's Fiction J FIC BRUCHAC
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Fiction
Call Number  J FIC BRUCHAC
Penn Hills Library Juvenile Fiction j BRU
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  j BRU
Plum Community Library Juvenile Fiction J FIC BRU
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction
Call Number  J FIC BRU
Robinson Library Middle Grade Section MG FIC BRUCHAC
Location  Robinson Library
Collection  Middle Grade Section
Upper St. Clair Township Library Juvenile Fiction JUV SCARY BRUCHAC S1
Location  Upper St. Clair Township Library
Collection  Juvenile Fiction

A chilling middle grade novel featuring a brave young girl, missing parents, and a terrifying stranger, based on a Native American legend. R.L. Stine, New York Times bestselling author of the Goosebumps series, raved, "This book gave ME nightmares!"

Molly's father, who grew up on the Mohawk Reserve of Akwesasne, always had the best scary stories. One of her favorites was the legend of Skeleton Man, a gruesome tale about a man with such insatiable hunger he ate his own flesh before devouring those around him.

But ever since her parents mysteriously vanished, those spooky tales have started to feel all too real.

Don't miss The Legend of Skeleton Man: a spine-tingling collection of Skeleton Man and its sequel, The Return of Skeleton Man!

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 5-9. What will Molly do now that her parents have vanished? The answer may rest with the elderly stranger who claims to be her great-uncle. Credulous local authorities hope he is, and they're glad to send the sixth-grader to live with him. But is he who he claims to be? And why does he appear in Molly's increasingly vivid dreams as the skeleton monster she heard about in her Mohawk father's stories? Will Molly ever see her parents again? Will her dreams and reality merge with disastrous results? Although it's steeped in Mohawk lore and tradition, Bruchac's story is contemporary both in its setting and its celebration of the enduring strength and courage of Native American women. The plot occasionally seems as skeletal as the monster that stalks the pages, but Molly's plight will still engage readers' sympathy as she struggles to prove herself worthy of her namesake, Molly Brant, a dauntless eighteenth-century Mohawk warrior. --Michael Cart"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "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 10-14. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Psychopaths -- Fiction.
Kidnapping -- Fiction.
Mohawk Indians -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- New York (State) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins Publishers,2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 114 pages ; 20 cm
ISBN 0060290757
0060290765 (lib. bdg. : alk. paper)
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