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3.79  ·  Rating Details  ·  613 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
The name has haunted my sleep and made my awake hours uneasy for as long as I can remember. Other children whisper that he is part man and part animal -- wild and blood-thirsty. But I know Weasel is real: a man, an Indian fighter the government sent to drive off the Indians -- to "remove them." Weasel has his own ideas about removal...Now that the Shawnees are dead or have ...more
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Published October 1st 1991 by Perfection Learning
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Apr 01, 2011 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
This was a cute kids' book. I wish it had been in my elementary school curriculum, especially as it deals with some very tough issues, such as death, killing and morality — but all on terms that a young child could understand.

The only thing I didn't like about the book was how the women seemed so helpless. Nathan's sister seems unsure and scared throughout most of the book, and his mother, though a healer, dies of a fever. It would have been nice to see a strong female person in the book.
Hunter Ells
The name of this book is Weasel. The author is Cynthia Defelice. The main characters are Ezra, Nathan, Nathan’s dad and Weasel. The setting and where it takes place is Ohio in 1839.

Weasel is a bad guy. He cut out Ezra's tongue a long time ago. He tries to hurt everyone. Nathans mom died a long time ago but Ezra used be bring medicine for her. Ezra was always looking out for them. Nathan’s dad got caught in one of Weasel’s traps and didn't come home. Ezra showed up at the door and took them to h
Tristan Goding
Nov 06, 2015 Tristan Goding rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't stand this one. I love the idea of an innocent character having to become a monster in order to fight a monster, but there was nothing to this one. The writing didn't flow well enough for me to get emotionally involved, the characters all felt like something out of a cheap murder mystery, yet there was no mystery. Also, there's a particular moment in which a character dies, and, I am sorry, but this book did not do a good job at indicating that this character was dead. I had to read thi ...more
Bobby O'Brien
May 31, 2015 Bobby O'Brien rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read this book in forever. The last time was in fifth grade, and I remember being so delightfully creeped out by this story. It had a cool urban legend like feel to it, the man named "Weasel" is much like a campfire story character.

I recently saw it at my local library and decided to give it a read, after all, it's really short and an easy read, what could go wrong?

While this book is nothing masterful, I appreciate it's respect to young readers intelligence, the way it deals with very
Lori Mcmullen
Aug 05, 2013 Lori Mcmullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Looking forward to using this book in my eighth grade language arts classroom.
Sep 16, 2011 Lilly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
such a creepy book [in a good way]

Before the age of twelve, Nathan Fowler comes face-to-face with evil. He and his younger sister, Molly, have long heard murmurings about the man the Shawnee Indians call Weasel. Then, on a dark Ohio night in 1839, a speechless stranger knocks on their cabin door and beckons to Nathan and Molly.Ezra, who has lost his wife--and more--to Weasel's savagery, leads Nathan and Molly to their missing father, another of Weasel's victims. The next morning, Nathan returns home alone to feed and car
Hao He
Jun 07, 2012 Hao He rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The name of the book is Weasel by Cynthia C. DeFelice I like this book because of all the trist and turn of the book when you think you know what's going to happen it all changes. The setting of the book has several locations because the characters have been moving from one place to another. The setting in the book includes the woods, the cabin, and the town. The main characters in the book includes Pa, Ma, Molly, Ezra, Nathan, and Weasel. Nathan is their son, Molly is the daughter, and Pa and m ...more
Miss Amanda
gr 4-7 119 pgs

1839, Ohio. 11 year old Nathan and his younger sister Molly are waiting in their cabin for their father to return when a mysterious stranger carrying their mother's locket, appears. He seems to want them to go with him, but is unable to speak. Nathan decides to trust him and discovers that the stranger has been helping his injured father. His father was attacked by "Weasel", a murderer who lives in the woods....

sequel to this book is "Bringing Ezra Back"
Stevie Seber
Mar 17, 2014 Stevie Seber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I quite enjoyed reading this story when I was in school, it made me cry at parts and it also made me laugh, like when Nathan said something funny and Ezra smiled and his ears wiggled; it's a very good book, short but a full and entertaining read. I greatly hope I can someday find a copy of this book, as I really enjoyed reading it.
Jan 25, 2016 Elias rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gave this book a four out of five stars because of its details and the adventure it takes you on. It kind of starts off slow, but don't give up on it because it is a great book.
The main character is Nathan. Nathan and his sister look for their father when he doesn't come back from his hunting trip. On their search they meet a man named Ezra who is a mute indian. He is mute because a long time ago Weasel cut out his tongue. Ezra took them to their father to find out that he was very ill. Nathan
In Ohio, in 1839, most of the Shawnees are gone - chased off the land or killed by the Indian fighters to make room for the settling farmers. But two of the government's Indian fighters remain, and their lives have been permanently changed by the work they were sent to Ohio to do. Both men live alone. Ezra has adopted many of the Shawnees values and ways of living, but killing Indians has unleashed some sickness in Weasel, who terrorizes settlers by night and sleeps all day. Eleven-year-old Nath ...more
Julie Suzanne
It's been a while, but I remember thinking this is a great one for the boys especially. A quick read, pretty suspenseful, & coming of age, as I recall. The fact that I just saw it and remembered it keeps me from giving it a 5, because surly I couldn't have forgotten it if it were amazing. I need to get this into the hands of my kids pronto!

Update 2012: Just recommended this to a 7th grader who is liking it, and trying to get my 6th grader to read it. I read it again, and I'd say it's a good
Feb 11, 2011 Dotty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever heard of the legendary killer Weasel? Like the animal, Weasel hunts by night, sleeps by day, and kills for the sport of kiling. The local legend says Weasel is part man and part animal, wild and bloodthirsty. Children never know if Weasel is real or just a story to scare them.
11 year old Nathan knows that Weasel exists. In 1839 Nathan and his sister Molly are approached by a strange, mute creature carrying Mama’s locket. This locket is a keepsake that Pa carries around his neck. P
Helen Beesley
Apr 19, 2014 Helen Beesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fabulous book full of lessons. I read it to my 6th grade class and they loved it, and we had some awesome discussions over what makes a man a man, revenge, and seeing the good side of things.
Jun 13, 2015 Krista rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I remember reading this story while in middle school. I would be so scared to see what would happen next in the story but I had to read on because it was such a good story... Creepy but good.
Bonnie Dieffenbacher
A story which takes place in the 1800's. A young boy's father gets caught in a trap and is severely injured. He longs for revenge on the man who left him to die.. An easy read.
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Sep 10, 2014 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this since my 6th grader was reading it in school. It's a pretty good book with a little history added into it. The characters feel Alice throughout the story.
"Weasel is real: a man, an Indian fighter the government sent to drive off the Indians--- to "remove them." Weasel has his own ideas about removal..."
Candice Pedersen
This is a pretty good book. I read it out loud to my 5th graders, as I do most of my books, and they seemed to enjoy it. The ending however is kind of boring. The climax of the book happens about 25 pages from the end and the ending is just a little bit disappointing. The kids said the ending was kind of sad and depressing and were looking for another book that would have a better ending. Not that there was a book needed, they just felt unfinished with parts of the story.

But overall they did enj
Cody Davis
Aug 11, 2016 Cody Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite books as a young person. The suspense was great, from what I remember.
Jacob Bennett
Jun 06, 2012 Jacob Bennett rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weasel is the story of Nathan Fowler, a 12 year old boy in the 1800's when Shawnees soon after the Indian removal act. Nathan and his sister, Molly, have been waiting for their dad to come home for a week, and they're all alone since their mother died a year ago. One night, a white man dressed like an Indian comes to their house and leads them to their father, who was hurt by a cruel man named Weasel. Nathan swears revenge on Weasel and The story goes on from their. I really enjoyed the book and ...more
Dec 31, 2013 Volkert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a Young Readers Choice nominee many years ago. It's an excellent historical fiction adventure set in Ohio in the 1830s, when Weasel has finished driving away the Shawnees, and turns on the settlers who followed. An 11 year old boy's father is missing, and he and his sister discover he is recovering from serious wounds at the wigwam of a mysterious white man. Although this is an action-packed adventure, this book is about forgiveness.
If you need to hook a reluctant reader this is the book. It has suspense, danger, fighting, and history all rolled into one tight little package.
I would recommend to a teacher that you do a little bit of background research, or have the students, on the Indian Removal Act of 1830. This background really helps to set the stage and aide kids in understanding why Weasel did what he did (at least initially).

When I taught 5th grade I used this as a read aloud, fantastic.
Muhammad Maan
Jun 06, 2012 Muhammad Maan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Title of the book is Weasel and the auther is Cynthia C. DeFelice.I think i really like this book the way all things heppen step by step and mystry.I think the main setting of this book is a 12 year old kid has to face a man name Weasel.Weasel likes to kill settlers from around hi place who ever comes to settle close to him he kills them.And there is a man name Ezra who has his toung cut out and he helps this kid to fight Weasel.i would definatly recomand this book to other kids because this ...more
Apr 02, 2016 Abi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nathan's father and Ezra need his help to get rid weasel
Christina Potter Bieloh
Suspenseful and a well-written engaging story.
Courtney Schafer
I read this with my son for his book report. Was a bit intense for him. I felt it was a bit anti-climatic with the Weasel/Nathan resolution.
Jun 01, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
kind of gruesome, kids love it
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Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling titles for young readers, including the novels Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, and The Missing Manatee, as well as the picture books, One Potato, Two Potato, and Casey in the Bath. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Childr ...more
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