BRINGING THE BOY HOME by N.A. Nelson

BRINGING THE BOY HOME

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Told in two distinctive voices, this imaginative and beautifully realized novel, set in the Amazon, tells the story of two boys from the fictional Takunami tribe, who on the eve of their 13th birthdays must endure the soche seche tente, a test of manhood. If a Takunami boy successfully completes this ordeal, he will have warrior status in the tribe and be allowed to meet his father, who psychically guides him during the experience. Tirio, who was ousted from the tribe because of a bad foot, has not been formally trained. But now that his birthday approaches, he has been hearing the voices of his ancestors and knows that despite his lack of preparation, he is being called upon to meet his destiny. Luka, who has spent his childhood working toward this moment under the tutelage of his strong-willed mother, is ready. Their stories connect in a surprising yet totally believable way, giving psychological depth to this richly hued novel about the winding turns of destiny and the bonds between father and son, tribe and family. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: July 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-06-088698-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1st, 2008