Tribes [NOOK Book]

Overview

"Items to carry on the person:
reliable pen,
backup pen,
field study notebook,
open mind."

Percy's father, a famous anthropologist, died in Africa four years ago; and Percy has taken on his father's eyes to see the world as a brilliant Observer. He and his friend Elissa are fascinated by the ritualistic ...
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Tribes

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Overview

"Items to carry on the person:
reliable pen,
backup pen,
field study notebook,
open mind."

Percy's father, a famous anthropologist, died in Africa four years ago; and Percy has taken on his father's eyes to see the world as a brilliant Observer. He and his friend Elissa are fascinated by the ritualistic world called Grade Twelve: the Jock tribe; the Teacher tribe; the Born Again tribe; the Cool and Detached tribe; the Lipstick/Hairspray tribe, not to mention Mr. Verplaz, the Shaman.
For Percy it's crucial to withdraw, analyze, and remain above it all.
But wait--he's studying real people, who complicate things. Like Elissa, the only person who can come close to him, maybe too close. The only person who knows how painful it was last year when their best friend Willard died. As graduation approaches, the looming ritual ratchets up Percy's deepest, hidden feelings and reveals the truth about his father's disappearance.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Highlights include a mystical parallel with the Ndebele tribe, where his father was working at the time of Percy's birth, and the tribe's ritual marking a boy's entry into manhood. Despite the hero's awkward anthopologic-speak ("No one ever knows what I'm talking about. What it means. No one!"), readers who admire the fellow's spirit may well enjoy this unusual treatise on high school culture; a concluding twist brings this tale down to earth.
The Horn Book
Slade is a wizard with words.
Todd Morning
The author has a good handle on his protagonist, and he explores the 17-year-old's growth and self-realization with skill and subtlety. While some readers may be disturbed by the lack of details about Percy's past, this is a good character study of an intelligent young man who is trying to grow up and gain an understanding of his world.
Voya Magazine
Slade’s prose is complex, intelligent, and humorous.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012574237
  • Publisher: Dava Enterprises
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

About the Author:
Arthur Slade was raised in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchewan and began writing at an early age. He has been writing fiction full time for fifteen years. He is the author of sixteen books, including the "Northern Frights" series, "Tribes," "Dust," and "The Hunchback Assignments." He currently lives in Saskatoon, Canada.
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