Sees Behind Trees

Michael Dorris, Author, Linda Benson, Author, Linda Benson, Illustrator Hyperion Books $14.95 (128p) ISBN 978-0-7868-0224-1
Dorris's (Morning Girl) eloquent, beautifully crafted coming-of-age tale centers on Walnut, a near-sighted Native American boy whose uncanny ability to use his other senses earns him the adult name Sees Behind Trees. Set in the distant, pre-colonial past, the story finds the boy moving hesitantly into adulthood--gradually gaining confidence in himself and his perceptions; learning humility when he prizes his talents too highly; earning the respect of his tribe when he escorts an elderly wise man on a dangerous journey. Both sharply and lyrically observed, fraught with emotion, the first-person narrative should connect strongly with a young audience, who will quickly learn that, no matter the century or the culture, the fundamentals of growing up remain very much the same. The authenticity of the characterizations and setting will ease readers toward acceptance of the quasi-mystical adventure that crowns the story. It's a thrilling read, with the pleasures compounding at every turn of the page. Ages 8-up. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/02/1996
Release date: 10/01/1996
Genre: Children's
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-606-12807-0
Paperback - 128 pages - 978-0-7868-1357-5
Prebound-Glued - 104 pages - 978-0-7807-7739-2
Prebound-Glued - 104 pages - 978-0-613-05850-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 112 pages - 978-0-7868-1252-3
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-8072-7956-4
Hardcover - 128 pages - 978-0-7868-2215-7
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