Dar and the Spear Thrower

Dar and the Spear Thrower

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by Marjorie Cowley

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A young boy living 15,000 years ago in southeastern France is initiated into manhood by his clan and sets off on a journey to trade his valuable fire rocks for an ivory spear thrower.


A young boy living 15,000 years ago in southeastern France is initiated into manhood by his clan and sets off on a journey to trade his valuable fire rocks for an ivory spear thrower.

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"A fast-paced, truly interesting coming-of-age novel based on a little-known but fascinating period of history." Booklist, ALA
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Gr 4-6-On the verge of the ceremony that will initiate him into manhood, young Dar, a Cro-Magnon boy, faces the conflicts in his life: his demanding uncle who has no tolerance for his nephew's desire to carve, his grandmother's growing frailty, and his own fears. When he wanders farther than usual one day to check some snares, he meets a man from a different tribe. The man, Toreg, has a device that enhances the distance he can throw his spear. Determined to trade for it, Dar leaves his tribe and begins a journey that will change life for his entire clan. The plot moves swiftly and there is sufficient character development to maintain readers' interest. The historical detail is accurate, and the setting clearly described. Cowley's narrative reads aloud well, and could certainly be used as an introduction to not only the time period but also to the idea that over time, though our technology has advanced, human emotions remain amazingly constant.-Ann Welton, Terminal Park Elementary School, Auburn, WA

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.32(d)
800L (what's this?)
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10 - 12 Years

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Marjorie Cowley has taught prehistoric archaeology to students of all ages, but now devotes her time to writing for young people. For Clarion, she has written Dar and the Spear-Thrower, about a boy living during the Ice Age. Ms. Cowley lives in Los Angeles, California.

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Dar and the Spear-Thrower 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is such a great book to show the life of the stone age. i am in 6th grade and we are reading it and doing responses on it every night. it really helps you understand what actually happened in that time period. it is a good learning experience. i recommend it to all 6th graders or any eager reader!!!
Alex1996 More than 1 year ago
This is a good book for classrooms to do a project on. Im in 6th grade and i just read this awesome book. It is one of my favroite books so far! Everyone should read this book it is awesome and it teaches you a lesson about life. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This novella would serve as a quick introduction to the study of prehistoric humans. With less plot and vocabulary development than either Maroo of the Winter Caves or Boy of the Painted Cave, it does not serve the purpose of a literature study. If what you want is a quick read, a simplistic story for young children or English language learners, then this book is for you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was an odd and descusting. I barfed after I read it, and thats not because I was sick, food poisoned or, mental