In the Shadow of the Mammoth

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School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-A tribe of people called the Star Dancers survive as hunters and gatherers in this novel set approximately 12,000 years ago. At 11 summers old, Zol lives in a small village with his mother, younger sister, and grandmother. Bad dreams and fears have plagued him ever since his father was killed while hunting mammoth several years earlier. He has been allowed to pursue his own interests, such as flint knapping, which is considered women's work, while other boys learn hunting skills. His troubles only increase when he rescues an injured baby crow and raises it as a pet. His grandmother believes that crows are evil and Zol's insistence on keeping it causes many arguments. Now, the age of manhood is fast approaching and Zol is expected to join the men on their next hunt. Although he almost drowns, has dangerous encounters with wild animals, and invents a new hunting tool, the plot moves along at a snail's pace and has no intensity. While Clark's research is meticulous and the setting and characterization are historically sound, the writing is dry, resulting in a mediocre read at best.-Karen T. Bilton, Somerset County Library, Bridgewater, NJ Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780967460246
  • Publisher: Blue Marlin Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Pages: 171
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 790L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005


    I loved this book. It was a book that I didn't want to put down as soon as I started reading it. I am 16 years old, and I hardly read, but I loved this book. This book was the first book that I have read in about 2-3 years. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2003


    Being a retired teacher who is very interested in good books for the children in my family, I was very impressed with this book and purchased 4 books for the middle age children I know. They were intrigued with the title and enjoyed the excitement generated by the very realistic scenes. I will be buying more copies as Christmas gifts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Great marriage between story and illustrations!

    This story is a quick read. You can't put the book down until you are done. It leaves you wanting more. I especially appreciated the message the story teaches about the importance of belonging, having a purpose and being courageous. It can be read to younger children and even older adults will enjoy this book. I can't get over the illustrations and how they made the reader pause and absorb what was happening in the story. Thanks!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    What a Great Read!

    This is an excellent and refreshing middle grade novel set in prehistoric times. It is a coming of age tale about an 11-year-old Clovis Indian who must join his clan of mammoth hunters. I absolutely loved the details of the time period, the illustrations, and the overall respect that the character (Zol) has for all creatures. I gave this book to my 11-year-old nephew, and he flipped over it. He wanted to know when the next one was coming out!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2003

    Outsanding, illustrations and story

    This book was an easy read, with each chapter drawing you farther in. The illustrator depicted the story in a way that made me believe in the characters and story. My children and I are waiting for the next book to come out so we can continue to read about Zol.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2002

    Very Amusing

    I enjoyed reading this book to my granddaughter who loved it. The story was easy to understand and the illustrations were wonderful. The book is a simple, clear, and amusing way to let children know that teachers do care.

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