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GUESTS

Dorris, Michael

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ISBN 10: 078680047X / ISBN 13: 9780786800476
Published by Hyperion, New York, 1994
Used Condition: Fine Hardcover
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An attractive book with priceclipped DJ, else fine. The story of Moss, a young Native American boy, and the events surrounding his clan's traditional harvest feast by the acclaimed author of Morning Girl. ".Dorris has drawn a piercing portrait of a boy and the powerful traditions that shape him."---Publishers Weekly. Bookseller Inventory # 002176

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Title: GUESTS

Publisher: Hyperion, New York

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Moss, a Native American boy who resents the arrival of the guests with strange clothing and peculiar speech, wants them to go back where they came from so everything can stay the same for his family and his people. 30,000 first printing. $25,000 ad/promo.

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Gr. 4-7. Without portentous stereotypes, Dorris tells a story of a Native American boy who leaves home to find himself. Moss isn't sure why he walks away into the forest. His life seems stale. What's more, he's mad at his father for inviting a group of white strangers to be guests at the village harvest festival. Lost and alone, Moss opens up to the natural world and becomes "the forest's welcomed guest." He meets a fierce runaway girl, and they help each other get home. Moss knows that he hasn't encountered a noble mentor on his vision quest; he hasn't suddenly become "a man." What he has found is a new view of himself and the world around him. He realizes he has been selfish and inhospitable. And now he can see that neither the guests nor the village hosts are comfortable at the feast. They can't understand each other. The strangers are hungry, but why are they so greedy and grasping? Even for a sensitive boy, Moss seems too articulate about his inner journey. But Dorris dramatizes that universal experience of feeling stuck at home, as well as the excitement of finding what you didn't know was there. As in Morning Girl (1993), the encounter with Europeans is seen through the eyes of a young person. Several stirring old creation stories woven into the narrative underline Moss' quest for both freedom and responsibility. Dorris' casual sentences are simple and beautiful, showing in their very particularity that Moss discovers the wonder of familiar things. Hazel Rochman

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