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Haunted Journey

Riddell, Ruth

ISBN 10: 0689314299 / ISBN 13: 9780689314292
Published by Atheneum, 1988
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Title: Haunted Journey

Publisher: Atheneum

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: 1st Edition

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In search of freshwater pearls to help pay off Depression debts, young Obie Wilks, accompanied by his brother's friend and his dog, Chaser, sets off into the Tennessee wilderness toward the sacred Cherokee burial grounds

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Grade 7-12 Essentially a coming-of-age saga, Riddell's quasi-allegory deals with Obadiah's determination to overcome the handicaps of his 1930 Tennessee hillbilly life. His father's death has left the family in debt. Obie, almost 15, embarks on a perilous journey to find the secret River Country where his grandfather once found mussel beds that yielded valuable fresh-water pearls. Both Obie and his companion, Bas, are fearful of the mischief-making Nun Yuna Wi, legendary Cherokee immortals known as jealous guardians of the rich mussel beds. Their search is fraught with an overwhelming sense of dark foreboding, perilous clashes with swirling rivers, and struggles through hellish thickets. The boys survive the ordeal, however, and Obie stumbles home with a quantity of precious pearls carefully pocketed. Nothing goes well: Mamma pays off the farm debt but remains cruelly uncommunicative, and Obie's brother steals his share of the pearls, dashing any hope of escape to a good-paying job in Michigan. Then his teacher offers him prospects of a college scholarship and encourages him to stand up to his overbearing mother. Riddell's gift for suspense is riveting, but readers, like Obie, will become so entangled in search and survival and in separating frightful lore from haunted dreams that they will be jolted by the homecoming scene with its abrupt shift to the straightforward and commonplace. One is never quite sure what haunted Obie's journey, nor if it is fully resolved. Katharine Bruner, Brown Middle School, Harrison, Tenn.
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