The Curse of the Wendigo: An Agate and Buck Adventure

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Agate and Buck set out on a spine-tingling adventure through the haunted Canadian woods to track down their missing parents. An ancient curse is set in motion and soon the pair are being hunted, by a shape-shifting creature called the Wendigo.
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Agate and Buck set out on a spine-tingling adventure through the haunted Canadian woods to track down their missing parents. An ancient curse is set in motion and soon the pair are being hunted, by a shape-shifting creature called the Wendigo.
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Children's Literature - Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger
This book, one of the "Agate and Buck Adventure" series, takes Buck and his younger sister Agate into the wild hills of Canada. When their parents disappear, the children must try to discover if the legend of Wendigo might actually be real. The map they find turns out to be not a lucky coincidence but instead a message from their parents. To find their parents Agate and Buck must figure out which messages are real and which are meant to confuse them. Who will help them? How will they decide whom to trust? Garvey's black-and-white illustrations reinforce the bleak feel of the story and help readers experience the hopelessness the children feel. The book, created with the help of literacy and reading specialists, is designed to strengthen skills of older readers with low reading skills. The text includes comprehension tools such as a glossary, discussion questions, writing prompts, and a helpful discussion of the folktales and myths referenced in the story. Intended for older elementary or early middle school students who are reading below grade level.
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Gr 5 Up
Buck, 16, and his 10-year-old sister, Agate, set out to rescue their parents, who have disappeared into the 1898 Canadian wilderness. To make matters worse, they are pursued by the mysterious Wendigo, a mythical creature that feeds on human flesh. When they are aided by a group of Majictaw sworn to defeat the Wendigo and Coyote, the father of all evil, the siblings realize that their parents, and ultimately they themselves, are far more than they appear. This hi/lo book is brimming with engaging features: enticing cover art; an easy reading level; and a high-interest plot filled with curses, swordplay, and macabre adventures. Sketchy black-and-white illustrations add to the sinister mood. However, characterization takes a backseat to these features. The historical backdrop contributes little to the story and isn't mentioned past the initial chapters. In fact, the characters seem so modern that less savvy readers might miss the historical context altogether. Lots of end matter (discussion questions, writing prompts, and instructions for using Facthound) give the book an institutional look. While these elements may put off more advanced readers, reluctant readers will find it hard to resist Wendigo .
—H. H. HendersonCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598892826
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2007
  • Series: Vortex Bks.
  • Pages: 105
  • Sales rank: 1,437,478
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 620L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott R. Welvaert lives in Chaska, Minnesota, with his wife and two daughters. He has written many children's books. Most recently, he has written about Helen Keller, the Donner Party, and Thomas Edison. Scott enjoys reading and writing poetry and stories. He also enjoys playing video games and watching the Star Wars movies with his children.

Brann Garvey lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with his wife, Keegan, their dog, Lola, and their very fat cat, Iggy. Brann graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor of fine arts degree. He later attended the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, where he studied illustration. In his free time, Brann enjoys being with his family and friends. He brings his sketchbook everywhere he goes.

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