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In 1932, while exploring the California desert, Colly finds a Cahuilla Indian boy and his grandmother, who are trapped in a Forever Day that they ...

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When Colly's father, a stuntman working in the movies in the 1930s, is injured, they retreat to an adobe shack in the desert so he can recuperate. It is there that Colly meets Sparrow, an Indian boy of centuries past, who is trapped in a Forever Day--and who needs Colly's help to be free.

In 1932, while exploring the California desert, Colly finds a Cahuilla Indian boy and his grandmother, who are trapped in a Forever Day that they are constantly repeating from their lives in 1774.

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Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Colly has grown up in Hollywood during the early days of the talkies and loves everything about the movies. But when his mother dies in an accident and his stuntman-father injures himself on the set of a western, the two take off for the desert to lick their wounds. Here they meet real Indians. Colly's hikes in the desert and his new friends are played off against the unwanted approach of civilization and a mystical event he experiences in the hills. Raised on the fantasy of movies, he must learn what real truly means, and in the process learn about healing, too. Holman uses well the history and terrain of the Anza-Borrego Desert just north of San Diego.
VOYA - Melissa Thacker
In the year since his mother died, Colly Starter has spent most of his time on movie sets with his stuntman father Matt. When Matt gets hurt doing a stunt, he suggests that he and Colly go to the cabin Colly's grandfather built in the Anza-Borrego Desert. There they meet Benjamin Gray Fox and his grandnephew, Ozro. Benjamin is trying to stop the local museum's massive excavation and removal of Indian artifacts from the desert. While hiking through the desert, Colly meets another Indian, Sparrow, who has been in a "forever day" for the past 158 years and needs Colly's help to break the cycle. In 1774, white settlers killed Sparrow and his grandmother, but the two have not been able to join their family in the land of Mukat because they have not had the proper burial. Since that time they have been reliving their last day over and over. If Colly can find their bones and perform a nukil, their spirits will finally be released. Through his interaction with Benjamin, Ozro, and Sparrow, Colly comes to appreciate Indian culture, and quickly learns that real Indians are quite different from movie Indians. Overall, Holman does a nice job of combining a supernatural story with early Hollywood movie history, Cahuilla Indian traditions, and Indian heritage preservation. This is an easy read and will keep most middle schoolers interested. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P M (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses, Broad general YA appeal, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8).
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Gr 4-7--Early talking moving picture Westerns bore little resemblance to the true history of the old West. Stereotypical "Indians" rampaged on technicolor lit backlots. Imagine, then, two boys, one a Cahuilla Indian sentenced to repeat forever a day from 1774 on which he and his grandmother were murdered; the other, a boy discovering the "real" West, out on location in a California desert in 1932 with his stunt-actor father, who enters Sparrow's world. If Colly can find Sparrow and his grandmother's accidental burial spot and set up a traditional nukil burial ceremony before the bulldozers arrive, their spirits will be set to rest. The story flips back and forth between Colly and Sparrow; different typeface as well as a differing tone make it easy for readers to keep up with the boys' stories. Sparrow's story is more gripping than Colly's--perhaps because Sparrow is grappling with eternity, while Colly is coming to terms with his mother's death. Fringe characters, including a caricature of a foreign-sounding movie director and a kind actress with the proverbial heart of gold and a tired subplot featuring a grave-robbing thief are a bit distracting. The foils for Colly and his dad are Benjamin, an abysmally stiff university professor and cello playing Native American who mouths ironic epigrams, and Ozro, his nephew. Some readers may enjoy this show; most can pass.--Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
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Holman (Secret City, U.S.A., 1990, etc.) weaves a terrific story about the nature of reality, honoring the past, and the experience of loss, set in the California of 1932.

Colly's mother died in a car accident the year before; his father is a movie stuntman, and everything Colly knows he learned from the movies and from being on the set. When his dad is injured in a stunt, they go to stay in an adobe house in the desert to heal, where Colly meets Benjamin Grey Fox, a retired professor, and his nephew, Ozro, who aren't at all like "Hollywood Indians." Set in italics and alternating with Colly's story is one of a Cahuilla boy, Sparrow, and his grandmother, who see white settlers approaching in 1774. Colly's movie view of the past and Sparrow's history intersect in dreams, in talismans, in animal spirits. How Colly lays both his sorrow and Sparrow's to rest is told in language that dips and soars like the flight of an eagle, carrying readers along with their need to know what happens. While Holman occasionally preaches about the legitimate rights of the First Nations, the bits of movie lore, gorgeous desert descriptions, and deeply moving final scenes amply compensate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689807725
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 10/1/1997
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.73 (d)

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