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Children of the Dawnland

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews

The end of the Ice Age: A time of melting glaciers, mass extinctions, unpredictable dangers…and young heroes

Though only twelve summers old, Twig is a talented Dreamer. Sometimes she has spirit dreams—dreams that come true. But her mother has always discouraged Twig from exploring her powers for fear that they would turn her strange, like the reclusive witch-woman Co

Hardcover, 336 pages
Published July 7th 2009 by Starscape (first published May 18th 2003)
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Ginny Potter
Jun 12, 2016 Ginny Potter rated it it was ok
What was this that I just read? This was probably one of the most boring books I've ever come across in my entire life. I thought Children Of The Dawnland would be at least OK, but it wasn't. It was horrible and absolutely uneventful. Everything in the book was awkward and just plain strange, even the names. Twig, Greyhawk, Riddle. What even are these names? I don't understand how other people gave it such good ratings! I had to force myself through all 332 pages of it. I want the all time back ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it
Really interesting, a little condescending in places. Written about a time 12,900 years ago in modern-day northeastern U.S./southern Canada where Clovis peoples are dealing with the end of the ice age, extinctions, etc. Theory of a comet entering Earth's atmosphere and causing environmental mayhem on top of this. The main character, Twig, is supposed to be a strong female, but her younger male friend, Greyhawk, is portrayed as stronger mentally and physically.
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Jun 03, 2009 Amy rated it did not like it
I have yet to read a pre-history book that's not disappointing. That in itself is disappointing. I think they have the potential to be quite interesting. Both this and Clan of the Cave Bear focus heavily on fantastical spirituality. When you live so close to the land and the smallest things can have large effects on whether your clan survives or goes hungry, I can understand why such a group would be more superstitious, look for signs, and put great faith in both natural and drug-induced dreams. ...more
Eileen Souza
This book was fairly deceiving, and as of the beginning of this post, I'm still not sure how I'm going to rank it.

First - I know this is a story for children. I get that. I think it is a great tool to teach children about our history, and the other cultures that existed in Pre-Columbian North America. And I feel that way because I started reading the People books when I was 12, and I'm still reading them (and actively looking forward to new installments) 16 years later.

However, a few things stru
Mar 29, 2012 Star rated it really liked it
Children of the Dawnland is set 13,000 years ago in the northeast corner of North America, amidst a landscape dominated icebergs and wild animals. Twig, our heroine, is the daughter of her tribe’s shaman (Spirit Dreamer) and an unnamed father. Greyhawk is her best friend who is training to be a warrior, but doesn’t feel like he’s very good at it. The story is about coming of age and the end of an era. Twig is a strong Spirit Dreamer, even without training, and sees a great disaster about to befa ...more
Miss Amanda
Jan 23, 2015 Miss Amanda rated it it was ok
gr 4-8 332 pgs

end of the Ice Age/ 13,000 years ago, Great Lakes Region. 12 year old Twig, a member of the Clovis people is a Spirit Dreamer who can see the future. Twig's dreams of the future show that her people are in grave danger. The elders cannot believe that one so young could possibly be a Spirit Dreamer and refuse to listen. But Twig knows that the danger is real and is even willing to ask the witch Cobia and the crazy shaman Screech Owl for help.

I felt like the majority of the story too
May 07, 2015 Courtney rated it really liked it
I purchased Children of the Dawnland in an auction. It came with other books. I wasn't expecting much from this one because I am not really into books revolving around the Ice Age or Native culture in general. However, I was pleasantly surprised with this one. I felt as if the characters were well thought-out. The story started off slow, but became captivating about 3/4 of the way through. The story seemed to revolve around the 'coming of age' aspect more than anything else. Nonetheless, it was ...more
Aug 11, 2010 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to get an uncorrected advance reading copy from the library. The Gear's first YA book is almost like a short story compared to their other epic, historical novels. It was a fast read for me in that way and makes me want to dive into another of the adult novels, the First North Americans series and especially the Contact: The Battle for America series. Even though this is YA and is a lot less violent and no sexuality compared to their adult novels, it is still pretty violent. I wo ...more
Michelle Rever
Jun 09, 2009 Michelle Rever rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Nice read. Although this is YA, very similar to other books by the authors. The story is centered around the Clovis people and incorporates the science that speculates that a cataclysmic event occurred in North America around 13,000 years ago.

Parents who have an issue with religions other than Christianity might opt not to buy this for the younger suggested ages due to the prevalence of topics like spirit guides and possession, as well as some fairly gruesome descriptions of death and mutilatio
Norman Weekley
Excellent! Well put together and very interesting.
C Van
Jun 14, 2012 C Van rated it liked it
The O'Neal-Gear team has always been a huge cut above the genre of "ancient" historical fiction what with their impressive backround and credentials. With this "J" series perhaps a new generation will be able to discard the false suppositions inflicted by an older generations self justifying rationals..
Nov 27, 2009 Keith rated it liked it
I think it's revealing that I'm so addicted and/or the Gears are such good story tellers that I was into the second chapter of this book before I realized that this was the Gear's first attempt at writing one of their pre-historic fables specifically for young readers. These two talented writers and archeologists should be now able to capture an entire new generation of rapt readers.
Feb 19, 2015 brownie rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. The characters are strong and the story is really all consuming. I've started reading it to my kids and they are so interested in the dynamic between the characters. I highly recommend this book.
Tricia Evans
Mar 14, 2013 Tricia Evans rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for students especially 5th grade or older who find Native American History (or parts of American history) boring, it'll give it a more adventurous, realistic feel. The Gear's did a fantastic job with there first Childrens based book on Native American Culture!
I probably would have finished this book if the dialog was more accurate to the time of the story. Too many common words used that made the fantasy fall away. Too bad, it had promise.
Jul 24, 2011 Theresa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review
as usual a great story with a lot of personal and physical problems and triumphs, looks like a great series can't wait for the next book
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Nov 22, 2011 Joyce Mccune rated it it was amazing
I love first Americans literature and this one was a bit spiritual but still interesting.
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My professional life began in the dark basement of the Museum of Cultural History in Los Angeles, where I was cataloguing three-hundred-year-old Guatemalan saint carvings. I quit this fascinating job and moved to Wyoming to work for the U.S. Department of the Interior as a historian and archaeologist. When I finally understood the error of my ways I moved to Wyoming and started writing books. Sinc ...more
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