Return of the Lion People

Return of the Lion People

by Michael Milone

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Overview

The Wolf Clan faces a terrifying enemy in the second installation of Michael Milone's Nasha series. The Lion People, a marauding clan that had disappeared for a generation, returned and continued their violent ways. Despite the valiant efforts of defenders, the warriors of the Lion People kidnap many of the Wolf Clan's women and children. Given their almost impenetrable lair, the Lion People have little fear of a rescue attempt. Moreover, as a peaceful tribe, the Wolf People have little chance against such a formidable enemy.??Lion People shows the contrast between a hunter-gatherer clan and a warrior clan in the same region. "Humans have adapted in many ways," says Dr. Michael Milone, a research psychologist. "Our family tree has many branches, from peaceful clans who spent most of their time developing survival skills to aggressive groups that preyed on others."??Some new characters are included in this sequel, including a remarkably resilient and capable deaf woman and her two daughters. In addition, the blind storyteller, Checo, shows a surprisingly contemporary ability that young readers will enjoy learning about.??"It has long been assumed that ancient humans simply abandoned children with disabilities or they perished from natural events. I find this difficult to accept because humans 15,000 years ago were so much like us today," admits Milone. "The notion of abandoning a child would be impossible for most of us, and I have no doubt that many disabled young people survived to adulthood and contributed to the society in which they lived."??As was true in Nasha: The First Dog, the wolves are not harmed in Lion People, and they contribute in a unique way to the climax. Some of the clan members are not so lucky and die while attempting to defend the village. "I wanted to introduce young readers to the practice of treating the dead with respect, a practice that is as old as humans themselves. I agree with the British statesman William Gladstone that a society can be measured by the manner in which it treats its dead, and I think young readers will appreciate not only the ceremonial burial, but also the discussion that follows."??The focus of this work is more on the humans than the wolves, a departure from the first book in the series. "Although the wolves play an important role in the story, it is more about how the members of the Wolf Clan interact with one another and other clans as well as respond to an enormous threat from the Lion People. A high level of action is maintained throughout the book, and more of the discoveries of humans are introduced. As was true with the first book, the underlying message is that humans fifteen thousand years ago were intelligent, persevering, and caring people. Our human journey is a remarkable story, and I hope that young readers will feel a sense of pride in what our ancestors accomplished."

Product Details

BN ID: 2940015606492
Publisher: Academic Therapy Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 06/01/2010
Series: The Nasha Saga , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 783 KB

About the Author

Some people think Michael Milone has a wonderful life, and he agrees with them. He lives in a beautiful part of New Mexico with his wife, Sheri, two dogs, and lots of cats. They have a xeriscape garden that is mostly native plants and requires little water. Birds and desert animals enjoy their garden, and among their visitors is a bobcat family. Because he works at home, Dr. Milone gets to see his garden and the visiting animals many times during the day.

Dr. Milone gets up very early every day so he can swim, bike, run, or work out at the gym. He has completed more than 30 marathons, including Boston, plus two Ironman races and hundreds of other races. In the winter, he goes skiing or snowboarding when he can. One of his favorite events is the Mt. Taylor Winter Quadrathlon, which lets him combine biking,running, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing. The course is more than 40 miles long and goes up and down a mountain that is 11,301 feet high.

Among his odd hobbies are juggling, woodworking, and fly fishing. He ties his own flies, and if he manages to catch a fish, he releases it. He enjoys golf, tennis, and surfing, although he confesses that he simply doesn’t have enough time to do justice to these pastimes. He loves to cook food that is tasty, healthy, and simple to prepare. And, like his characters, he is a stone stacker. If you are ever running in the mountains of New Mexico and come upon some stacked stones, he might be the responsible party.

Dr. Milone is a nationally recognized assessment specialist and award-winning educational writer. He earned a Ph.D. in 1978 from The Ohio State University and has served in an adjunct capacity at Ohio State, The University of Arizona, Gallaudet University, and New Mexico State University. He has taught in regular and special education programs at all levels, holds a Master of Arts degree from Gallaudet University, and is fluent in American Sign Language. He served on the board of directors of the Association of Educational Publishers and was a member of the Literacy Assessment Committee and a past chair of the Technology and Literacy Committee of the International Reading Association. He has contributed to both readingonline.org and Technology & Learning magazine on a regular basis. He currently serves on the Research Advisory Board of Renaissance Learning and the Education Advisory Team of Bluenose Edutainment. Dr. Milone has been associated with ATP/Arena Press since 1980.

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