Children of the Dawnland

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Macmillan, Jul 7, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 336 pages
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The end of the Ice Age: A time of melting glaciers, mass extinctions, unpredictable dangers…and young heroes

Though only twelve summers old, Twig is a talented Dreamer. Sometimes she has spirit dreams—dreams that come true. But her mother has always discouraged Twig from exploring her powers for fear that they would turn her strange, like the reclusive witch-woman Cobia.

When Twig begins to have recurring nightmares about a green light exploding from the sky and causing widespread destruction, she must find the courage to defy her mother and learn to become a Spirit Dreamer. Helping Twig on her quest are her best friend, Greyhawk, and Screech Owl, a shaman who has been banished from the village. Together, they must persuade their people to leave the land of their ancestors and journey to the mysterious Duskland, far from only home they’ve ever known. Can Twig convince the Elders that she is a true Spirit Dreamer—before it’s too late?

Set 13,000 years ago in what is now the northeastern United States and Ontario, Canada, Children of the Dawnland is an unforgettable adventure about a visionary girl by internationally-bestselling authors and archaeologists Kathleen O’Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear. In writing and researching this book, the Gears visited the archaeological sites in New York, Ontario, Ohio, and Pennsylvania that play a role in the story. By allowing us to see through the eyes of prehistoric cultures, the Gears hope we can learn from them at a time of similar environmental change.

 

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CHILDREN OF THE DAWNLAND

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Twig is afraid of her emerging talents as a Dreamer, but if she wants to protect her people, she must learn to control her power. Her whole village is under threat from the terrible Thornback raiders ... Read full review

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User Review  - BratGirlC - LibraryThing

I have been an avid reader of the Gear's "People" series for years. This book is just as good, but from a child's perspective! Wonderful! I hope to see Twig become part of the folklore of her people, much in the way that Wolf Dreamer did in the people books. Read full review

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Contents

CHAPTER 1
13
CHAPTER 2
16
CHAPTER 3
27
CHAPTER 4
35
CHAPTER 5
44
CHAPTER 6
53
CHAPTER 7
68
CHAPTER 8
73
CHAPTER 29
201
CHAPTER 30
206
CHAPTER 31
210
CHAPTER 32
216
CHAPTER 33
224
CHAPTER 34
227
CHAPTER 35
232
CHAPTER 36
235

CHAPTER 9
77
CHAPTER 10
91
CHAPTER 11
96
CHAPTER 12
108
CHAPTER 13
115
CHAPTER 14
125
CHAPTER 15
127
CHAPTER 16
130
CHAPTER 17
135
CHAPTER 18
143
CHAPTER 19
155
CHAPTER 20
161
CHAPTER 21
165
CHAPTER 22
169
CHAPTER 23
175
CHAPTER 24
180
CHAPTER 25
185
CHAPTER 26
188
CHAPTER 27
191
CHAPTER 28
199
CHAPTER 37
242
CHAPTER 38
249
CHAPTER 39
256
CHAPTER 40
263
CHAPTER 41
268
CHAPTER 42
272
CHAPTER 43
277
CHAPTER 44
280
CHAPTER 45
286
CHAPTER 46
288
CHAPTER 47
290
CHAPTER 48
302
CHAPTER 49
308
CHAPTER 50
313
CHAPTER 51
316
CHAPTER 52
321
CHAPTER 53
325
AFTERWORD
331
READERS GUIDE
333
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About the author (2009)

Kathleen O'Neal Gear is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for ""outstanding management"" of our nation's cultural heritage.   W. Michael Gear holds a master's degree in archaeology and has worked as a professional archaeologist since 1978. He is principal investigator for Wind River Archaeological Consultants.   Together they have written the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. The Gears live in Thermopolis, WY.

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