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BRINGING EZRA BACK by Cynthia DeFelice


by Cynthia DeFelice

Age Range: 9 - 14

Pub Date: Aug. 10th, 2006
ISBN: 0-374-39939-5
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

It was only five months ago that 12-year-old Nathan Fowler, his father and sister escaped the devilish Weasel (1990), a fanatical Indian killer who also attacked the friends of Native Americans. The Fowler family was only able to escape with the help of Ezra, one of Weasel’s surviving Caucasian victims. Weasel might now be dead and Ezra gone off to find his Shawnee wife’s people, but the events of 1839 are fresh in Nathan’s mind. When a roving peddler brings leaflets describing a traveling freak show with a captive, tongue-less “White Injun,” Nathan is certain the person described is his friend Ezra. Nathan’s father allows him to attempt a rescue in the hopes that Nathan will see that not all strangers are villains. The peddler does teach the boy to read people, and he sees that even mercenary crooks like the freak show owners aren’t as heartless as his former assailant. DeFelice returns to the Ohio wilderness of 1840 to tell a very different but no less compelling story. Nathan’s first person-narration is realistic, and his adventures are exciting. Fans and newcomers will be satisfied with this long-awaited sequel. (Fiction. 9-14)