This debut middle grade novel is an educational adventure that readers won't forget! Learn about the culture and environment of the North Carolina's in the 1500's through the eyes of a young Algonquin boy. Jennifer Frick-Ruppert has brought history to life in this entertaining story of The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest.
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“Skyco, quick, get out of there!” the brothers yelled simultaneously. I tried to back up quickly, but it was difficult to move fast enough in the water. I realized in panic that I stood helplessly right in the opening, between a big shark and its freedom. I had no chance. The fish was upon me, but instead of biting, it thrust past me as it swept out through the entrance of the pen. The impact of its body and the turbulence of the water tumbled me off my feet and my head went under water. After an eternity, I finally surfaced outside the pen, sputtering and hurting, my arms and legs paddling frantically against the water.
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The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest is an excellent new middle-grade book that follows the adventures of Skyco, a young boy from the Algonquin tribe. Written by Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, Jennifer Frick-Ruppert, Spirit Quest explores the natural setting and resources of the coast of North Carolina.
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"Touching on the influence of religious faith in the secular world, debut novelist Beck intriguingly examines Jewish immigrant life in New York City during the early 20th century. ... The narrative is seamless and well-paced. The dialogue avoids parody, and the setting provides an informative portrait of the Jewish immigrant experience, enhanced by back story anecdotes of Eastern European Jewish life, all while offering insight into how religion shapes culture. A novel best enjoyed for its examination of a people and a culture." -Kirkus Reviews One American Dream is now available to purchase on Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and can be ordered through any of your local bookstores!
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It all started when I tried to write about my mother. She was an “alternative” person and I wanted my children to know about her. Of course, they knew her, but by then she was “Grandma” and no longer the firebrand that she had been when she was younger. It was to be a kind of biography, and I included all of my memories as well as many of the anecdotes that my aunts and uncles had told me. I shaped it together into a coherent story – not chronological, but focused instead on her unique personality. It took me two years, and I was very proud of it.
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