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Mary-Ellen Collura.
Saskatoon, SK: Western Producer Prairie Books, 1984.
129pp., paper, $7.95.
ISBN 0-88833-116-9. CIP.

Subject Heading:
Siksika Indians-Juvenile fiction.

Grades 8 and up / Ages 13 and up

Reviewed by Joan VanSickle Heaton.

Volume 13 Number 3
1985 May

Jordy Threebears, the main character in this tightly-written young adult novel, has a lot of help, but he still must struggle to have things work out right for him by the conclusion of the story. The outcome is a lesson in co-operation among a group of unrelated people who share a common interest in success.

The story contains many Canadian pre-requisites: native peoples, a character with a handicap, and a prairie setting. Other reliable elements include a horse, some gruff but compassionate adults, and an orphan searching for his identity in a hostile world. These are combined in a new way by the author who keeps the action moving rapidly enough to provide a measure of uncertainty and excitement throughout.

The reading level is appropriate for the moderately reluctant student in a general class, and the content, with its concentration on coping with social problems, makes the novel appealing to readers of many backgrounds.

Recommended for students in grades 9 and 10, general level, as both supplementary or course study.

Joan VanSickle Heaton, Bayridge S.S., Kingston, ON.
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