B. J. Johnson studied Creative Writing at Stanford where she received her B.A. in English Literature. A computer professional, she is getting back to her roots with this first novel for readers aged 8-12. She does extensive research in her writing, and pulls from her own personal adventures, kayaking, hiking, and observing animals. She lives in Seattle with her husband and two cats.
Island Of The Ghost Bearby B. J. Johnson
Island of the Ghost Bear is a tale filled with high adventure, healing and fun, winning Semi-Finalist in the 2004 Independent Publishers Book Awards for Juvenile/Young Adult Multicultural Fiction and Honorable Mention in the 2004 Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. Daniel wants to be an artist like his successful brother, Leonard. So, after his mother dies, thirteen year-old Daniel leaves home, and his grandfather, for Seattle to follow in the footsteps of his artist brother.
However, nothing goes as planned. After retrieving Daniel from a jail cell when he is mistaken for a thief, Leonard realizes that his little brother is hurting and takes him in the dugout canoe he carved on a journey up the Inside Passage, back to the land of their Northwest Coast Native ancestors.
The amazing experiences they share help Daniel regain trust in himself. So when poachers threaten the pristine Island of the Ghost Bear, Daniel insists on tree-sitting to defend it while his brother goes back for help. Perched in the cedar, Daniel and a friendly raven collaborate in a plan to fend off the poachers. In a thrilling and courageous confrontation, will Daniel and Raven be able to execute their plan to save the tree from destruction? And will they survive the attack?
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