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While visiting New Mexico, eleven-year-old Kathy comes across a mysterious jawless skull, an ancient Indian artifact, discovers the Cave of Knowing, and is told that she is the Chosen One to solve an old conflict
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At first excited at the prospect of going to New Mexico on a geological dig with her grandmother, 11-year-old Kathy is dismayed to learn that instead she'll stay with her aunt's good friend Concha. Kathy's grit is tested even more when she spots a transparent, hologramlike skull in the air as her plane approaches her destination. Although Kathy sees the frightening image at other times, no one else does. In addition to the young, vivacious Concha, who runs a general store in an old trading post, Kathy meets Luna, a Native American known for her healing powers, and Luna's niece, Willow, who's more interested in attending the police academy than learning Luna's craft. Others involved include a renegade young teen named Tim and a physician who resents Luna as much as she does him. These interesting characters and the mysterious events and sightings that plague Kathy swirl together with the bizarre mysticism of the crystal skull relic, its rightful owner, and Kathy's role in resolving an ancient conflict. An unusual and intriguing read. Ellen MandelFrom School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-This sequel to The Shimmering Ghost of Riversend (1991) and The Secret of the Floating Phantom (1994, both Lerner) finds 11-year-old Kathy Wicklow in rural New Mexico, staying with her aunt's friend Concha. Disturbed by "visions" of a giant human skull without its lower jaw, Kathy stumbles across what might be an important artifact-a lower jaw made of crystal. When it is stolen from Concha's cabinet, Kathy's friend's Aunt Luna, a curandera (healing woman) and an adamant opponent of modern medicine, is the prime suspect. If Kathy's friends in some way represent the scientific worldview, and Luna the "ancient ways," then Kathy is the bridge between them, the link to show that the best path brings past and present ways together. Full of action and plot twists, the book is likely to be popular with readers wanting page-turning adventures. Lehr occasionally includes Spanish words in the text, a couple of which are misspelled.
Coop Renner, Moreno Elementary School, El Paso, TX
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Book Description Cooper Square Publishing Llc, 1999. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110873587251