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The Dark Pond

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  231 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
After he feels a mysterious pull drawing him toward a dark, shadowy pond in the woods, Armie looks to old Native American tales for guidance about the dangerous monster lurking in the water.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 27th 2004 by HarperCollins Publishers
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Ivan Cardenas
Dec 02, 2009 Ivan Cardenas rated it it was ok
this book makes me sleepy it is boring. I am already half through the book so i have to suffer just a little more.Atleast i got through this and finished the dang book.
Mar 02, 2011 Anthony rated it really liked it
Recommended to Anthony by: Jared Witt
Shelves: halloween-reads, ya
Wow, it's been a while since I've read anything by Joseph Bruchac. At my old Environmental Education Center job, I used to reference his Native American Myths & Legends books in various classes I taught, but I've been away from that field for almost 5 years now. I recognized the author's name when my nephew Jared, over dinner the other night, handed me The Dark Pond and told me I'd like it. He was right.

The Dark Pond is a simple enough story, told with just enough attention to detail to keep
Tessa Hensley
Dec 03, 2015 Tessa Hensley rated it really liked it
Being half Shawnee Indian, teenage boy Armie has always felt a connection to wildlife. He can sense animals and they can sense him, it comes from his heritage as a Native American. This connection has been present his whole life, but now a strange force is drawing him to a pond in the woods. Armie can tell this animal isn't friendly like the rest, he knows it wants to kill him. Other animals try to warn him and fend him off but the pull is too great, until suddenly the pull is gone completely ...more
Armie is half Armenian and half Shawnee. He goes to a board school where he doesn't have many friends. He thinks it is because he's different. He's got a connection to animals and can feel things others can't.

And he misses his parents. While Armie knows they are off doing important things, he can't help, but wish they spent more time with him.

At his school, Armie senses a presences lurking in the pond in the woods, and at times he feels its pull. Armie turns to the tales of the Shawnee for answe
Ramanda Flannery
This book is about a young man named Armie who is part Indian and goes to a private school that elaborates on being one with nature. He feels things other people do not and he has a very special way with animals. He goes to the pond on the schools property and is almost drawn right into the pond by something unseen. After that he keeps feeling something pulling him to the pond. He goes there one night and meets a man that has beeen doing some research and believes that there is a monster that ...more
Armie has an interesting pedigree with an Armenian father and Native American mother, but both of these groups have had their share of obstacles to overcome. Armie is no different as he's been placed in various boarding schools while his lawyer parents travel the world saving the world one law at a time.

Armie is connected to nature in mystical ways and goes into the woods close to his newest school trying to ferret out the beast that roams in the dark pond. With some great explanations of natur
Oct 16, 2013 Amanda rated it did not like it
So.very.bad. This was a horribly written, choppy mess of randomness. The story didn't flow smoothly at all due to the author changing topic every few sentences. It's hard to follow a book when there;s zero focus. So it goes without saying that this was an unpleasant read.

As for the main character...

The boy is this book is a Native American with a magical bond to animals, because you know, all Native Americans frolic through the woods and chat it up with animals. Yeah, no, that's a bit too much
David Burgos
Dark Pond is mostly about a mystery and trying to solve it. Arime is the main character in this book and most of time his parents are the main characters too. When Armie gets to his brand new school he felt something wrong going on, he thinks there is something wrong, and mysteries with the really dark pond beyond the woods. He hears things calling his name from that direction and he can never figure out what it is he sees things going in the pond, but never coming out, and there are weird ugly ...more
Max Heumann
Oct 22, 2015 Max Heumann rated it really liked it
What would you do if one day it felt like something was pulling you towards itself? In the book the dark pond by Joseph Bruchac this is exactly what happens. In my opinion one of the biggest elements is the detail that it describes the landscape with. It really tells you about the pond and the landscape so it is very interesting. Another is dramatic irony because you are like no don't do that and then, well they do it. You are like no don't go to the pond but they do. And last it is that it ...more
Gabe Prepetit
Mar 20, 2016 Gabe Prepetit rated it liked it
The dark pond was an okay story. The climax of the story a confrontation with a 50 foot worm that was hiding inside of a pond. There was a lot building up to the event and the whole story was peaking the readers interest in what was in the pond but when you find out what is in the pond the main characters try to defeat it and they do very quickly in 10 pages to be exact and then the story ends. The author never explains if the animal is ever killed, and the main character Armie was having family ...more
Mar 10, 2013 7709Reehan rated it really liked it
This mystery book is about a boy named Armie who is part Indian and goes to a private school that elaborates on being one with nature. He feels things other people do not and he has a very special way with animals. He goes to the pond on the schools property and is almost drawn right into the pond by something unseen. After that he keeps feeling something pulling him to the pond. He goes there one night and meets a man that has been doing some research and believes that there is a monster that ...more
Chris Cinque
Nov 16, 2011 Chris Cinque rated it liked it
The book The Dark Pond by Joseph Bruchac was about a boy named Armie that thinks he was born specail. Armie thinks he can hear and feel things no one else can. Armie is a native american that does go to school and always gets bullied and is a target for bullying. The book is more of a mystery then a multi-cultural because there is something in the pond near hid house and is scaring his family, throughout the book he if hearing things from the pond and feeling things. When Armie finds out what is ...more
Hank Grumpy Gringol
Jan 13, 2016 Hank Grumpy Gringol rated it it was amazing
The book I read was The Dark Pond by Joseph Bruchac. The genre of this book Fiction because it contains magic or unreal things. The setting of this book is in a forest outside of school where animals do things that are unusual. The main character's name is Armin. This book is about a kid named Armin who has a connection with animals in nature. He travels to a dark pond during school in there free time to do what ever they want. He gets weird dreams of that pond and something unusual is going on. ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Dilan rated it liked it
The Dark Pond is about this boy named Armie. Armie was always teased in school because of his size and how he looked. His mom was always telling him stories about his Shawnee ancestors. Armie is Native American.

I made a text-to-text connection. I connect this book to Sherman Alexie he was always being teased about how he looked. They both have problems with people. Sherman Alexie couldn't do any activities that good so he was teased. And they both have to stand up for themselves.

I gave this boo
Robby B2
Nov 24, 2015 Robby B2 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Robby by: No one
The dark pond is a book by Joseph Bruchac. The genre is fiction. It takes place on a campus in the Canadian mountains. The main character is a Native American boy named Armie. When Armie arrived at the campus, he felt a strange pull dragging him to a deep, dark pond. Armie belivies that a monster lives under the pond. I rate the book one star because the story line is kind of disoriented. For example, they're flashbacks at uncessecary moments. I really recommend this book to absolutely no one. ...more
May 24, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
This book has been in my currently reading for like a year because I started it but then put it aside and by the time I got back to it it was getting into fall and the lakes started freezing early and the book was creeping me out too much so I put it aside again until spring. Its not actually that creepy I just have a thing about water monsters in general. The imagery of the footprints disappearing into the pond scared the crap out of me. Pretty good story and fast to read as long as you ...more
Dec 13, 2011 Raven rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
This was a calm serene book for me, which doesn't make much sense since it was supposed to be a thriller but i really really enjoyed the Native American way of being one with nature. Armie was just such a break from the rude and mean world that is really out there. He is so put together, and choice with his words. I think I got a really different experience from this book than most people, but I liked it.

warnings: mild thrilling scenes.
The notion of water spirits was a fun one to consider. Here was a malevolent spirit in the pond, luring creatures to their deaths beneath its calm, black exterior.

Armie determines he will find out what is in the dark pond and kill it.

His Shawnee background is referenced, and the situation is resolved quite too neatly and quickly to satisfy the tension that was lightly building.

Wonder how popular this was among young people?
Dayna Smith
Armie is a half Shawnee, half Armenian teen sent to a boarding school in upstate New York, while his parents are away doing humanitarian work. Armie is drawn to a mysterious pool in the woods; he senses something evil its dark waters. Together with a Native American zoology student, Armie discovers the secret of The Dark Pond. Armie must find his place and come to terms with his mixed heritage. Bruchac's tale is a quick suspensful read and will appeal to anyone who likes mystery tales.
Jan 21, 2016 Denice rated it liked it
I read this book as a read a loud to my Title VII Native American students. They really liked it. They enjoy learning about other tribes. I was disappointed that the storyline wasn't a little deeper, and the ending was a little lame in my opinion; but the fact that my students liked it enough to check it out from the library to read on their own makes it a winner in my book!
Jasmine Rose
May 23, 2015 Jasmine Rose rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015-books-read
I remember reading this way back when so when I found it on the shelf at my library I decided to revisit it.

I think I recall this feeling pretty spooky when I read it the first time around, but it just didn't cut it this time. I've read and watched enough horror since then that it just wasn't nearly as spooky.

Still a pretty enjoyable quick read.
Michele Wen
this book was alright, but not really that great. a boy named Armie is at a new school and the forest nearby gives him a weird feeling.he can't stop going into the forest to explore. everytime he goes into the forest, he sees something weird. soon he finds that there is something dangerous in the forest and helps to stop it
Dec 21, 2007 Debbie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: readers who like their horror not so scary
Armie, part Shawnee, has grown up listening to old Native American stories. His parents are busy lawyers who send him to a boarding school. Once there, he feels a strange presence in the dark pond in the woods.

Good for younger readers because the scary parts aren't gory or even all that scary.
Astrid Yrigollen
Sep 28, 2014 Astrid Yrigollen rated it it was ok
Shelves: childrens
This children's ( 9-13 age group or so) was a little scattered for me. The main kid was shy and wanted friends but he was also angry and hostile( hence making it hard for him to make friends) the storyline crept its way to the monster in the pond which left me sort of flat.
Aug 15, 2008 Corrina rated it liked it
Recommends it for: teens
Juvenile Lit. Pretty good book. Some slow parts. This novel is about a teen boy who is half American Indian living at a boarding school in upstate NY. Is there some mysterious creature living in the pond? He feels its pull on him. Interesting things happen.
Rachel Wahlin
i read this book a long time ago in fith grade but it was super good. I've never read a horror before and im glad i chose this book. it was a book a little ahead of my reading level then but now i excpect it to make more since. I recammend for horror lovers
Jul 22, 2011 Carol rated it liked it
This was a fun read, but not really that scary. I did enjoy the Native American background to the story. A good book to read aloud in a classroom.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
Something ancient and evil is looking for victims in the dark pond in the forest. Takes place in NY State.
Aug 04, 2008 Court rated it really liked it
About a shy big boy who can talk to animals. He finds a dark pond with something in it and makes it his mission to find out what it is.
David Burgos
Sep 24, 2009 David Burgos rated it liked it
this book was cool i it was very interesting and mysteryious it was a nice ending to like when they children ran into the zombies and and they found out it was only machines
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by ...more
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