Saturday, July 24, 2004

Creepy story...

Skeleton Man, 2001 by Joseph Bruchac is a book that does a number of things very well. The story is tremendously creepy and scary. Molly's parents have mysteriously disappeared. A great uncle that Molly has never heard of has suddenly shown up to care for her. He is very sinister and locks her in her room at night. Molly is a great character. She is strong and resourceful and ultimately saves herself by drawing on her Mohawk heritage. The background of the Native American “skeleton man” folktale is terrific. The final scenes are absolutely gripping.

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