The Listening Silence

The Listening Silence

by Phyllis Root, Dennis McDermott

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Gr 4-6-- Drawing on the Native American traditions of healing and the vision quest, Root has created a fantasy with a strong, believable young heroine. Orphaned Kiri grows up assisting Mali, the village healer, in his curing rituals. Discovering that she has the rare power to send her spirit ``within'' other beings, she is frightened of using her skills to heal. Mali's increasing age and weakness finally force the 13-year-old girl out into the wilderness, seeking her own spirit vision, to discover whether she really is a healer. Told in smooth, lyrical language, the story evokes a simpler time and way of life through brief descriptive touches and the use of native words for birds and animals. McDermott's dark-toned, detailed, full-page illustrations give concrete expression to both the inner and outer journeys Kiri must face. From the bright cover illustration to the inviting layout with large print and wide margins, the book is attractive and accessible. A fine introduction to the fantasy genre. --Ruth S. Vose, San Francisco Public Library

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HarperCollins Publishers
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1st ed
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8 - 12 Years

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