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Beardance
Will Hobbs.
New York : Atheneum; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada; New York : Maxwell Macmilan International, 1993.
197 p. : map ; 20 cm.

Annotations:

Originally published: New York: Atheneum, c1993.
While accompanying an elderly rancher on a trip into the San Juan Mountains, Cloyd, a Ute Indian boy, tries to help two orphaned grizzly cubs survive the winter and, at the same time, completes his spirit mission. Sequel to "Bearstone."

Best Books:

Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Twelfth Edition, 1995 ; National Council of Teachers of English; United States
Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 ; H.W. Wilson; United States
YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 1994 ; American Library Association; United States

State and Provincial Reading Lists:

Colorado Blue Spruce Young Adult Book Award, 1997 ; Nominee; Colorado
Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1996 ; Nominee; Wyoming
Kentucky Bluegrass Award, 1995 ; Nominee; Kentucky
Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1997 ; Nominee; Illinois
South Carolina Junior Book Award, 1996 ; Nominee; South Carolina
William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1995-1996 ; Master List; Kansas

Reading Measurement Programs:


Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.7
Accelerated Reader Points 8
Accelerated Vocabulary

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 6
Title Point Value 11
Lexile Measure 890

Reviews:

Janice Del Negro (Booklist, Nov. 15, 1993 (Vol. 90, No. 6))
While prospecting for gold, Cloyd Atcity meets the woman Ursa, who is searching for the last grizzlies in Colorado. With Cloyd's help, she finds them--a mother bear and three cubs. When the mother and one cub are killed in an accident, Cloyd remains behind to ensure the survival of the remaining two cubs through the winter. A member of the Ute Indian nation, he has always felt an affinity to the bear, especially since experiencing the traditional bear dance the year before. Cloyd's decision to stay in the isolated mountain area is a dangerous one, and he and the cubs face natural disasters as well as those engineered by humans. This combination of spiritual quest and adventure story has a likable main character and, after the discovery of the cubs, an escalating plot that should make it an easy booktalk. It is also a book that will appeal across gender lines. Category: Older Readers. 1993, Atheneum, $14.95. Gr. 7-12.

Sandra Gjelde (Children's Literature)
It's an action packed story of Cloyd Atcitty, the "Yuta Coyote," as he sets out on a spiritual and pragmatic quest to save grizzly bears from extinction. Befriended by an old miner, Cloyd finds himself accompanying his elderly friend in a search for a cache of Spanish gold. As they begin their search they are coincidentally told by an adversarial hunter/trapper of the existence of a grizzly bear sow and her three cubs, believed to be the last of the grizzlies in Colorado. Hobbs has successfully combined the perspectives of a Native American youth, environmental concerns, geography, and history in this fast paced and informative adventure story. An American Library Association Best Book. 1993, Atheneum Publishers, $16.00 and $4.50. Ages 12 up.

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
Ute teenager Cloyd Atcitty undertakes a spirit journey while caring for the last two grizzly cubs in the Colorado wilderness. Still smarting from his part in the death of the great bear in Bearstone (1989), Cloyd heads for the hills with old prospector Walter Landis, searching for a fabled gold mine. Hearing a rumor of another grizzly sighting, Cloyd excitedly goes off on his own; with the help of a naturalist who calls herself "Ursa" and fills him with bear lore, he finds a female and three cubs. Tragedy strikes when the mother and one cub die in an avalanche; to keep game wardens from removing the survivors to captivity, Cloyd dons the mother's pelt and lures the cubs deeper into the wild. Teaching them to survive and prepare for hibernation becomes a grueling rite of passage, but Cloyd gets through, finding food, shelter, and even the gold mine thanks to helpers both human and visionary. With a sturdy conservation message, a survival story that will find a ready audience in Gary Paulsen and Jean Craighead George fans. 1993, Atheneum, $14.95. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.

Subjects:

Ute Indians Juvenile fiction.
Ute Indians Fiction.
Indians of North America--Colorado Fiction.
Grizzly bear Fiction.
Bears Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.H6524 Bd 1993
92044874 [Fic]
0689318677
9780689318672
9780689318672
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