Sees Behind Trees

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Disney-Hyperion, Oct 18, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 112 pages
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Visually impaired Walnut cannot earn his adult name the same way other boys do, by hitting a target with a bow and arrow, no matter how often his mother tries to teach him. With his highly developed other senses, however, he shows that he can see what cannot be seen, and earns a new name: Sees Behind Trees. But even with an adult name, Sees Behind Trees does not feel like a man until the elderly artist Gray Fire calls upon his special skill to help him find the mysterious land of water. This journey proves to be filled with challenges both physical and spiritual, as Sees Behind Trees turns his nearsightedness into an advantage and discovers what it really means to be grown up.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

With characters who are wholly believable yet true to their era, Dorris (Guests, 1994, etc.) has created a coming-of-age novel from the myopic perspective of a sight-impaired Native American boy in ... Read full review

My 10 year old loved this book!

User Review  - Willowwendy - Borders

My almost 10 yo daughter, CHIHUAHUAGIRL, says, "GOOD BOOK! MUST READ!" She doesn't really do details. She was assigned this book for her class and as always, if there aren't dogs or horses, she wouldn ... Read full review


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Michael Dorris, Author Michael Dorris received an undergraduate degree in English, with honors, from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. He taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and founded the Native American Studies Program there. His novels include "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water" and "The Crown of Columbus," co-authored with Louise Erdrich. "The Broken Cord," which was named Best Non-Fiction of the Year by the National Book Critics Circle, brought attention to the disorder Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He has also written novels for young adults, which include "Guests," "Sees Behind Trees," and "Morning Girl," which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.

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