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  • Posted December 15, 2011

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    Adventurous story

    "Secret of the Andes" by Ann Clark is adventurous book. I give this book a 4 out of 5 because some parts of the story was confusing, but then it starts to get interesting afterwards. This boy named Cusi from the Andes is a pure blooded Inco boy who is currently living with his adopted father, Chuto, in the secret valley of the Andes Mountains. Cusi herds a small group of Llamas. He finds out about a family living from the other side of the mountains. He decides to go and venture around the Andes to find his real family, his history, and to find out his past. Chuto lets him find a family that his hearts agree with. He looks all over the Andes from the mountain tops to the valleys. Finally his finds the family that will take care of him, who is nice, kind, fun to be with, and very loving. The purpose of the author to write this book is that she is telling you to look at your family history. See where your family came from, how they live, or what they are like. This book inspired me to do some of those things. I recommend this book to people who like adventurous stories or people who likes to read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Secret of the Andes is about a young llama herder named Cusi. He

    Secret of the Andes is about a young llama herder named Cusi. He lives with an old man named Chuto. They live in the Andes Mountains in Peru. Both of them are an ancient Peruvian nationality called Inca. A family moves into the valley below, which makes Cusi start to wonder. He started to wonder about stuff like, "Do I have a family?" and, "Do I belong with anybody?" When a llama leads him away from the herd, Cusi realizes that he wants a family. This sets him on an amazing adventure.
    I gave the book 3 out of 5 stars. I liked that it was really well written. At times the book was a little uneventful, so I didn't like that. I liked that I could make a really good mind picture. I thought that the book went a little too long though.

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  • Posted April 13, 2010

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    Poetic, Spiritual, Historical

    I'm a bit of an Inca-phile...having consumed many books on Incan history, their lives, and their ultimate demise following the Spanish Conquest in the early 16th Century.

    And so I bought Secret of the Andes for my daughter...thinking that the Newberry Award winner would be a terrific way for me to share my interests with my avid reader. The book sat on her shelf for about a year. I moved it to my shelf for about another 6 months. And finally picked it up a couple of days ago.

    If you have any interest in the Incas, the Conquest Era, or Indigenous peoples, then you'll respect this book's tale of a young Inca boy named Cusi. Cusi's story is one of awareness, discovery and maturation.
    Cusi lives in a Hidden Valley in the Peruvian Andes. While tending to his small herd of Llama's (with his most favorite, Misti), he discovers a family living on the other side of a mountain. This sparks Cusi's internal and external adventure to discover his own history, his own past, and his real family.

    Along the way, Cusi learns, in broad strokes, Incan origin and religious myths, and the impact on their cultural heritage of Spanish conquest.

    The book is deep and spiritual. There's not a lot of action...no fighting Conquistadors, no bloody battles on the pampas or in the mountains, and only a small bit of lost incan gold. Ann Nolan's writing is crisp, the dialogue is short, and should be very readable for ages 12+.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    Secret of the Andes

    Secret of the Andes" is an excellent book by Ann Clark. I rate it four stars because some parts can be confusing but over all it's a great book. "Secret of the Andes" is a book for anyone and everyone. It has to do with an Inco boy, Cusi, in the Andes. Cusi is a pure blooded Inco boy who herds llamas. He has no clue where his parents are, who his parents are, or if they are still alive. He currently lives with his "adopted father," Chuto, in a secret valley of the Andes mountains. Chuto is very wise but will not tell Cusi to many unanswered questions. Cusi might not like this but Chuto knows what is best for Cusi. Cusi has one thing what he wants more than anything else. This is the need to go out on his own and find a family with his own heart. Chuto lets Cusi go and look for a family with his heart. Chuto lets Cusi go and look for a family once he trusts him. Cusi looks everywhere and trys every place but cannot seem to stay with a family that his heart agrees with. Then at las he finds the family that he always dreamed of: nice, caring, fun, and loving. Read this cliffhanger which is an excelent book to find out who this family is and to answer all of your unanswered questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2003

    A Reccomended Book For Everyone

    "Secret of the Andes" is an excellent and reccomended book by Ann Clark. I rate it four stars because some parts can be confusing but over all it's a great book. "Secret of the Andes" is a book for anyone and everyone. It has to do with an Inco boy, Cusi, in the Andes. Cusi is a pure blooded Inco boy who herds llamas. Her has no clue where his parents are, who his parents are, or if they are still alive. He currently lives with his "adopted father," Chuto, in a secret valley of the Andes mountains. Chuto is very wise but will not tell Cusi to many unanswered questions. Cusi might not like this but Chuto knows what is best for Cusi. Cusi has one thing what he wants more than anything else. This is the need to go out on his own and find a family with his own heart. Chuto lets Cusi go and look for a family with his heart. Chuto lets Cusi go and look for a family once he trusts him. Cusi looks everywhere and trys every place but cannot seem to stay with a family that his heart agrees with. Then at las he finds the family that he always dreamed of: nice, caring, fun, and loving. Read this cliffhanger which is an excelent book to find out who this family is and to answer all of your unanswered questions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2001

    Great Book!

    I couldn't put this book down after I started reading it. This book is about an Inca boy learning about his heritage and early life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 1999

    I love it!!!

    The book helped me study about Central America in school. I thought it was boring at first, but some where in the middle, I got really into it!!

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