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Rumor of Otters

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Angry because she has been left behind when her father and brother go off to muster sheep, New Zealander Alexa decides to search in the wild for the otters previously seen only be a mystical Maori tribesman.
Paperback, 156 pages
Published March 29th 1993 by Houghton Mifflin (first published 1986)
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May 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 25, 2018 rated it liked it
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The first third of the book rates about 2.5 stars.

I picked up this book because of its setting and the reference to otters. Savage's overall plot is promising, but the book would have benefitted from a stronger editor (did it have an editor?). The plot discrepancies bothered me, as did the uniform sentence structure, and there was too much repetitive description.
Nov 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Sweet little book for a kid to read. I believe in otters (waitoreke).

If this weren't a kids' book I'd want to critique it more harshly. The kid probably didn't learn too much. Zero consequences for making dangerous choices. Someone isn't always going to be there to rescue you. But overall the otter imagery is nice.
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a strange book. Definitely recommended in terms of good YA fiction, but I can't decide if I really like it. The characters are a tad flat in their New Zealand sheep farm, but there are otters! And otters are my favorite animal. Which is totally why I picked this up in the first place.
In the beginning, it feels like it's going to be another YA novel about finding yourself and damn the people around you, and there would be triumphant and uplifting orchestral scores if it wasn't a book. And it
Aug 28, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If you like adventure novels for teens or a little younger, this is a great book about a teenager who wants to be accepted by her father, but who doesn't quite fit in with the rest of her sheep-herding family in rural New Zealand. It's a little bit like My Friend Flicka but with less emphasis on the horse and more emphasis on self-discovery and self-reliance. Alexa sees how she is treated differently than the boys around her and she goes out into the mountains to find otters than an old man used ...more
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Deborah Savage is the author of a number of books for young adults, including, Summer Hawk, winner of the Boston Authors Award for young adult literature 2000, To Race a Dream, and Under a Different Sky, which School Library Journal called in a starred review "endlessly fascinating and appealing." She lives in western Massachusetts.