Children of the Dawnland
The end of the Ice Age: A time of melting glaciers, mass extinctions, unpredictable dangersâ€¦and young heroes
Though only twelve summers old, Twig is a talented Dreamer. Sometimes she has spirit dreamsâ€”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
What was compelling about this book ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more