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Laney McIntyre is an ordinary 13-year-old trying hard to cope with her divorced parents -- her mother, a beautiful and efficient antique dealer, and her father, a dreamy, impractical archaeologist. Tom Walsh is half-Iroquois and struggling to come to terms with his father's death and a move away from the reserve where he grew up. One day Laney and Tom discover Iroquois false-face masks in a nearby bog. They soon learn that these are much more than mere ancient artifacts. Tom and Laney must experience harrowing fear and danger before realizing the full power the masks hold over each other, and especially over the people who possess them. The two friends must come to grips with the terrible peril posed by trying to control both the masks and the emotions they engender in their owners, a power that definitely does not want to be controlled.
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Laney, put-upon younger daughter, is the protagonist of this problem novel. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her confused and vulnerable. Her mother favors Laney's older sister; Laney's resemblance to her father seems to alienate her mother further. When Laney discovers a small Indian ritual mask and takes it home, it highlights the tensions between her mother, a successful antiques dealer, and her father, a professor determined to preserve Indian relics. Laney soon realizes that the mask and its larger companion mask harbor an evil power: it seems to be corrupting her mother. The strong resentments produced by the parents' soured love, divorce and Laney's own envy are presented carefully and convincingly. Katz welds the supernatural element onto the family's conflicts with grace and competence, offering a new view of a somber situation. Ages 10-14.
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Book Description McElderry Books, 1995. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX068950456X