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Joseph Bruchac is the author of Skeleton Man, The Return of Skeleton Man, Bearwalker, The Dark Pond, and Whisper in the Dark, as well as numerous other critically acclaimed novels, poems, and stories, many drawing on his Abenaki heritage. Mr. Bruchac and his wife, Carol, live in upstate New York, in the same house where he was raised by his grandparents. You can visit him online at www.josephbruchac.com. Sally Wern Comport has been making pictures professionally since the age of sixteen. Her images have been seen in the editorial, advertising, and publishing markets worldwide, and her work includes the picture book Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure, by Robert D. San Souci. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland, with her studio partner -- husband and their two daughters, Taylor and Olivia, and she recently completed her graduate education at Syracuse University to further her passion for the art of illustration.

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Gr 5-8-The book begins at a brisk pace with Baron, a 12-year-old Mohawk, preparing to board the bus for the eighth-grade fall bonding experience at Camp Chuckamuck (a fake Native American name if there ever was one). Small for his age, he is worried because he has been the target of the class bullies since his arrival at Pioneer Junior High (another name he hates) six months earlier. The story moves from a school-yard roughing up to the camp, where Baron senses the evil presence of a legendary creature that is a man, yet behaves as a predator. The plot immediately thickens as the former owners arrive, ostensibly summoned by his teacher, Mr. Wilbur, who didn't call them. The cabin is 10 miles into and beyond the park in the Adirondacks on a narrow dirt road. An explosion seals off the entire area, phone lines have been cut, and a despicable plan by land-grabbing promoters is revealed. The scheme spins out of control as the "Bearwalker" attempts murder, multiple lives are threatened, and Baron must make a desperate effort to save them all. This fast-paced survival story is a great read for mystery fans, and it also addresses the delicate balance between humans and nature.-Sheila Fiscus, Our Lady of Peace School, Erie, PA Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

As he did in Skeleton Man, Joseph Bruchac pulls from Native American mythology as the basis for Bearwalker. Twelve-year-old Barron, a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan, is on a school camping trip in the Adirondacks when he comes face to face with the Bearwalker, a monster he thought existed only in legends. (HarperCollins, $15.99 224p ages 10-up ISBN 9780-06-112309-2; July) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"This fast-paced survival story is a great read for mystery fans, and it also addresses the delicate balance between humans and nature."--School Library Journal (starred review)

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