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Blue Mountain: 10/21/15

Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt: Tuk for all his short life has had visions of a mysterious Blue Mountain that to his bighorn sheep clan is the promised land.

Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt is told in the style of a creation story but the heroes in question are bighorn sheep. Ultimately it is about the repopulation of Glacier National Park along the Montana / Alberta border.

Tuk for all his short life has had visions of a mysterious Blue Mountain that to his bighorn sheep clan is the promised land. In reality they are facing starvation from excessive logging, farming and development, disease from domestic sheep, and death from hunters, automobiles, and predators facing similar challenges.

Blue Mountain would be a good follow up novel in classrooms that are teaching Jack London's Call of the Wild. Readers are introduced to the struggles bighorn sheep face as Tuk and the others make their journey.

Three stars

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Comment #1: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 14:45:35

Kim Aippersbach

I've never seen a book with bighorn sheep as the protagonists! Is it a picture book or a novel?

Comment #2: Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 12:28:44


It's a novel suitable for upper elementary school readers.

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