Fur Magic (Magic Books Series #3)

Fur Magic (Magic Books Series #3)

by Andre Norton
     
 

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Enter a world of ancient magic

When his father is called to active duty in Vietnam, Cory Alder is sent to spend the summer with his adopted Native American uncle, Jasper. Accustomed to life in the city, Cory finds the reality of the ranch scary--every shadow is full of menace. But when an encounter with a medicine man catapults Cory into a world of Native

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Enter a world of ancient magic

When his father is called to active duty in Vietnam, Cory Alder is sent to spend the summer with his adopted Native American uncle, Jasper. Accustomed to life in the city, Cory finds the reality of the ranch scary--every shadow is full of menace. But when an encounter with a medicine man catapults Cory into a world of Native American legend, conquering his fears becomes a matter of survival. Transformed into a beaver called Yellow Shell, Cory is now part of a war between the People, animals whose intelligence equals that of humans. In order to return home, Cory must help Yellow Shell and his allies defeat the Changer, who is attempting to enslave the People in this world--and in Cory's world as well. With two worlds hanging in the balance, Cory will have to use every ounce of courage and animal instinct within him to defeat this enemy . . .

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Readers will ... find themselves caught up in the war between the People and animals whose intelligence equals that of humans.
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All of his life, Cory has been so proud of having a real live Indian foster uncle. And now, with Cory's Dad assigned to duty in Vietnam, Uncle Jasper has invited Cory to spend the summer on his Idaho ranch. It is a dream come true. But Cory soon discovers that the reality of ranch life is more nightmare than dream. He has never lived out in an open place with just miles and miles of wild things and he " . . . had found out something about himself . . . he was afraid, not only of the horse . . . but of the country." Then his encounter with Black Elk, a Nez Perce medicine man, plunges Cory into an alternative world where animals live in tribes and are the rulers of the world. Transformed into the beaver, Yellow Shell, Cory is desperate to return to his own body and his own world. But to do so he must overcome his fears and as Yellow Shell and help defeat the Changer. Although events move slowly in the beginning, readers will ultimately find themselves caught up in the war between the People and animals whose intelligence equals that of humans. 2006 (orig. 1965), Starscape Book/Tom Doherty Associates, Ages 9 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780765352996
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
04/04/2006
Series:
Magic Books Series, #3
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.17(w) x 7.64(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Fur Magic

"The Changer is impatient this mornin'."
"The Changer?" Cory asked curiously.
It was Uncle Jasper that answered, his voice serious. "Coyote--he's the Changer. Before the coming of the white men there were my own people here. But before them the Old People, the animals. Only they were not as they are today. No, they lived in tribes, and were the rulers of the world."
"But the Changer," Ned cut in, "he never wanted things to be the same. It was in him to change them around."
"Only he tried a last change," Uncle Jasper took up the story again, "and it was the Great Spirit who defeated him. When enough time passes and the white man puts an end to the world through his muddlin', then the Changer will return and turn the world over so the People, the animals, will rule again."
"When," Cory asked, "is he supposed to turn the world over?"
Uncle Jasper smiled. "Well, you may just be alive to see it, son."

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