Bringing the boy home

by Nelson, N. A.

Format: Print Book 2008
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection j FICTION Nelson
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  First Floor Children's Department - Fiction Collection
Call Number  j FICTION Nelson

"I've seen what the world does to the weak. It'll eat you alive."

Tirio was cast out of the Takunami tribe at a very young age because of his disabled foot. But an American woman named Sara adopted him, and his life has only gotten better since. Now, as his thirteenth birthday approaches, things are nearly perfect. So why is he having visions and hearing voices calling him back to the Amazon?

Luka has spent his whole life preparing for his soche seche tente, a sixth-sense test all Takunami boys must endure just before their thirteenth birthday. His family's future depends on whether or not he passes this perilous test. His mother has dedicated herself to making sure that no aspect of his training is overlooked . . . but fate has a way of disturbing even the most carefully laid plans.

Two young boys. An unforgiving jungle. One shared destiny.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In this debut novel, winner of the Ursula Nordstrom Fiction Contest, a boy with a malformed foot is cast off by his remote Amazonian tribe, the Takunami. Sara, an American anthropologist, rescues 6-year-old Tirio, adopts him, and brings him home to Miami. As Tirio approaches his thirteenth birthday, he begins to hear inner voices, a phenomenon that he knows is common among Takunami boys as they prepare for the soche sente tente, a grueling coming-of-age test in which young men are guided through a dangerous jungle by spiritual communication with their fathers. When Sara and Tirio return to the Amazon, Tirio plans his own secret soche sente tente, hoping to meet the father he never knew. Alternating with Tirio's story is a plot about another young Takunami boy who is also training for his soche sente tente, and the end connects the stories with a moving surprise. The vivid setting, imagined cultural particulars (Nelson invented the Takunami), and magical realism will captivate readers, as will Tirio's complicated, shifting emotions of rage, abandonment, belonging, and love.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2008 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Coming of age -- Fiction.
Senses and sensation -- Fiction.
Extrasensory perception -- Fiction.
Indians of South America -- Amazon River Region -- Fiction.
Mothers and sons -- Fiction.
Rain forests -- Fiction.
Amazon River Region -- Fiction.
Miami (Fla.) -- Fiction.
Publisher New York :HarperCollinsPublishers,2008
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 211 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780060886981 (trade bdg.)
0060886986 (trade bdg.)
9780060886998 (lib. bdg.)
0060886994 (lib. bdg.)
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