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 fast-paced, truly interesting coming-of-age novel based on a little-known but fascinating period of history." -- Booklist See more details below

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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 fast-paced, truly interesting coming-of-age novel based on a little-known but fascinating period of history." -- Booklist

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School Library Journal
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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"A fast-paced, truly interesting coming-of-age novel based on a little-known but fascinating period of history." Booklist, ALA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395797259
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/1996
Edition description:
None
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
174,821
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.32(d)
Lexile:
800L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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