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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Aviary Wonders Inc. Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual by Kate Samworth
Blue Mountain by Martine Leavitt
Bob's Hungry Ghost by Geneviève Côté
The Cats of Tanglewood Forest by Charles de Lint
The Cute Girl Network by M.K. Reed
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R. King
Firmin: Adventures of a Metropolitan Lowlife by Sam Savage
Fleabrain Loves Franny by Joanne Rocklin
The Fog Diver by Joel Ross
Framed in Lace by Monica Ferris
Gabriel Finley and the Raven's Riddle by George Hagen
Ghost Hawk by Susan Cooper
How Much Is a Million? by David M. Schwartz
In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak
Level Up by Gene Luen Yang
The Lost Boy by Greg Ruth
Monster High by Lisi Harrison
My Pet Book by Bob Staake
No by Claudia Rueda
Pigmalion by Glenda Leznoff
Science Fiction by Joe Ollmann
Seconds by Bryan Lee O'Malley
Sleep Like a Tiger by Mary Logue
Too Many Tamales by Gary Soto
Tsubasa: Reservoir Chronicle 10 by CLAMP
The Twins' Blanket by Hyewon Yum
Waluk by Emilo Ruiz
Where Are You, Blue Kangaroo by Emma Chichester Clark
Wire Mothers: Harry Harlow and the Science of Love by Jim Ottaviani
You and Me by Susan Verde

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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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

Pussreboots

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