Potsie and the Apparition of Brave Wolf: An Ordinary Kids Bookby Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot
Potsie is the new kid in school. He comes from a very fancy school back East. He soon learns that the rules in a Nebraska middle school are far different and he must make changes in order to blend in. A history project puts him squarely in the middle of that adjustment when he teams up with athlete Steve Harlan and his best friend, handicapped Peter Henderson. Potsie and Steve explore an old fort where they meet a Native American ghost who needs their help. With the assistance of Steve's eccentric grandmother and Peter's marvelous computer talents, they all tackle a mystery that has existed for over one hundred and seventy years. Along the way, they also learn a little bit about loving and laughing.
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Reviewed by Lela Buchanan for Readers Favorite When eleven year old Preston Carter Potsdam, a rich kid from the east, arrives in Nebraska, the lifestyle is so different that he feels as if he has landed on another planet. Befriended by Steve, a confident and outgoing fellow student, "Potsie" as he is quickly nicknamed, is drawn into a healthy circle of friendship that, along with Steve also includes Peter, a young man who is a computer whiz, but unfortunately confined to a wheelchair and unable to breathe without a ventilator. The boys are assigned a big project by Mr. Sadler, their Social Studies teacher, which must be completed over winter break. Potsie travels with Steve to Steve's grandmother's house for five days to work on their research project--a study of a fort built over 200 years ago during the Lewis and Clark expedition. While Peter works on the computer research at home, Steve and Potsie do some physical exploration, uncovering some exciting secrets and meeting a mystical being, who is of key importance to the story. "Potsie and the Apparition of Brave Wolf" offers the reader the thrill of adventure, a bit of American history, and some paranormal excitement. More importantly, though, Pirnot subtly demonstrates how love, respect, and acceptance can erode many barriers--barriers of social status, physical deficiencies, emotional deprivation, and even race. Potsie "grows" though his exposure to Steve, Steve's colorful grandmother, Peter, and Peter's African-American aide, Kasem. Seeing Steve's grandmother selflessly investing in others has a profound effect on Potsie. "I vowed right then and there to take another look at my options in life." Without being preachy, there are a plethora of wise insights scattered throughout this lovely book, an enjoyable read for anyone.
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK Potsie’s experience changing schools is a little difficult because everything is so different, including the rules, at the Nebraska middle school he is now attending. But his life completely changes when he meets a special athlete from the school and his handicapped friend. The three of them are together more than ever while working on a history project for school which leads them to the most interesting places. This book has several valuable lessons for kids to learn. One is the changes when a child is forced to change schools, and dealing with the differences in the schools. Another is making friends with new people, and also what happens when you are friends with someone who is different. And in this case it is a friend has a handicap. I appreciate that this author shows that a handicap child can do pretty much the same things as any one else. Potsie and the Apparition of Brave Wolf is another really awesome book from Dr. Karen Pirnot. I love that Karen’s books have so many valuable life lessons for any age child. De. Pirnot’s writing skills are awesome for the younger generation because she writes where they can easily understand, and she makes her books fun and interesting. I highly recommend this book for your child’s library. And I really feel that every school and public library should have all of Dr. Pirnot’s books on their shelves. I received this book from the author, Dr. Karen Hutchins Pirnot to read and review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 55.
I laughed 'til I cried! Preston Potsdam has just transferred from a fancy prep school to a midwest middle school. He feels alone and out of place until befriended by school athlete Steve Harlan and his best friend Peter Henderson, a handicapped boy. Together the boys sign up to do a history project which will take them to Ft. Calhoun and to a holiday experience with Steve's eccentric grandmother. The boys encounter a Native American apparition and need to get past their own fears before they can assist the apparition in solving a 170 year old family problem. The grandmother is a hoot and she leads the boys to more of an adventure than they had planned on having. If you have a boy who hates to read, this might be the book for him. It is the third in the Ordinary Kids series which features special needs children interacting with their non-handicapped peers. It is a delight to see the children working together toward common goals. I loved the character of Potsie and hope I'll see him in the other books in the series.