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Spirit Quest

(The Legend of Skyco #1)

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Skyco, an Algonquin boy, is heir to the great chief Menatonon, but he has much to learn before he can take his place within the tribe. He studies with the shaman Roncommock, who teaches him how to enter the spirit world and communicate with spirits and other animals, while he also learns practical skills of hunting, fishing, and starting a fire from other men in his villag ...more
Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published April 4th 2017
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Erin
Apr 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, series
This book will be in stores 18/04/17.

Yay for more indigenous voices in YA literature! Jennifer Frick-Ruppert transports readers back to pre-European contact America in what today would be the state of North Carolina. Skyco is a member of the Algonquin nation and is about to begin the all important transition from childhood to adulthood by making his spirit quest. Along with other young men of the tribe, Skyco is given a teacher and must complete a series of tasks that will lead him to his desti
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Courtney
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Young readers who have an interest in Native American culture.
Recommended to Courtney by: Netgalley
Shelves: netgalley, 2017-read
Spirit Quest by Jennifer Frick Rupert is a coming of age story of historical fiction and magical realism, that's geared towards middle grade / teen readers. This story is loosely based off a real person from an Algonquin tribe that existed in the 1500's in present day North Carolina.

This story follows a boy named Skyco through his journey to adulthood. Being the heir (not son, but nephew) of the great chief Menatonon, he has much to learn and accomplish before not only being allowed to take on his expected
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Spirit Quest is exactly the type of book I loved to read when I was in elementary school & junior high and for that, I'm giving it 4 stars. This book wasn't what I expected when I picked it up. I thought it was going to be a fast paced adventure and have the husquenaugh be the main focus of the story. The husquenaugh is a ritual that boys go through to become men and full fledged members of the tribe. The ritual is a focus of the story, but its more a background focus. You follow Skyco's preparation f ...more
Nandini Bharadwaj
Apr 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: those looking for a well-researched read on Native American culture
Shelves: 2017, reviewed-on-ub
Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Characters:
I wasn't initially impressed by the characterisation because I couldn't relate to them at all, but as I read on, I concluded that they were very real. For the time period used here, they are authentic and actually quite similar to those in conservative Indian families/communities even now. I especially liked the names even though I'm sure I kept mispronouncing them in my head. I wish som
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Aimee
Apr 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book via NetGalley, in return for an honest review.

A fascinating insight into the lives of Native Americans before European settlement. Skyco is an interesting and funny protagonist, and his journey to adulthood through the 'husquenaugh' and his personal spirit quest was a joy to read. The main focus of the book though seems to be educating the reader about the daily lives of Skyco's tribe, the Roanoacs, which means the plot advances slowly but
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anete
Jan 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents looking for something to read to kids
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks again*

this was so cute and wonderful! i enjoyed it a lot.
Dani
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it
*ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

This is a fictional story based on the Californian Algonquin before the landing of the British in America. It is about a boy called Skyco and his quest to become a man, his eventual following of the line of his mother, and to become chief. The idea of the spirits and connecting and understanding the different animals was an interesting line, and something that I enjoyed reading.

There was a lot of the story which I enjoyed, t
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Jodie "Bookish"  Cook
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Let me start by saying this book was totally not what I expected when I requested it but in a good way. I thought this was going to be an action-packed adventure MG novel but it actually turned out to be more of a coming of age novel with a heavily ritualistic focus. The reason this book is so good is because of the amount of information the author squeezes into it, Spirit Quest focus heavily on Native American culture which I don't read about often, but it was clear that the author hadn't only ...more
Cali
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the story immensely! I found it educational as well as entertaining. I can certainly see our older elementary students connecting with Skyco's struggles and fears as he meets each new spirit quest and celebrating his ultimate victories. Skyco's integrity, thoughtfulness and courage throughout the story are traits to be admired and explored. I loved the historical connection to native Americans that lived along the NC coast. I would recommend this book to teachers who are seeking litera ...more
Stephanie - Adventures Thru Wonderland
*I received an eARC through Edelweiss.plus for review. This has no effect on my review.*

I loved learning about Skyco and the Algonquin nation. Well researched, and beautifully told, I really enjoyed reading this. It's much slower than I am used to, but it was paced perfectly for the story being told. I loved finding at the end that Skyco was a real person! I also enjoyed seeing Skyco's training as he saw the world through the eyes of ants and other creatures.
Maureen
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Lillian
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-lit
Good book, lots of interesting aspects of American Indian life in the 1500's. It is based on fact and is referenced. Many, especially boys in middle school would enjoy it. It's nice to know that Skyco was a real person.
Susan
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Skyco is an Algonquin Native American that is going through the rituals and ceremonies he must do before he becomes a man in the Algonquin tribe. A shaman, Roncommock teaches him including how to contact the spirit world and communicate with the spirits. Coming back from a fight with another tribe of Native Americans, Roncommock is attacked by a bear. Skyco having no weapons defeats the bear. How does he do that? Skyco finds that his spirit animal is the bear.

The novel is filled with
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Interesting story told in first person. Skyco is an Algonquin boy who is heir to Chief Menatonon. The story is his journey as he readies his mind an body to pass his test into manhood. He studies under the shaman and learns to contact his spirit guide as well as other animal spirits. He also has to pass a set of physical tasks. If he fails, he is cut off from the tribe. If he does well, he becomes Chief.
Interesting look into the daily lives of the tribes. Makes for a good historical fictio
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