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At dawn, as the "light from the smoke hole in the roof turned from black to gray," Moss is playing with a string of wampum when it breaks apart, scattering abalone shell beads in many directions. The design of the beads had held a story "from long ago," and even Moss's grandfather can't recall the beads' arrangement. "Now you owe us a story, Moss," he tells his grandson gravely. Dorris (Morning Girl) gives this boy in search of a story a fine tale to tell. Moss, a gentle and penetrating narrator, reaches deep within himself and delves into the fertile ground of his tribe's legends. Disgruntled that his father has invited strangers from another tribe to the family's harvest feast, Moss disappears into the woods, where he unexpectedly experiences his "away time," a rite of passage that involves-in Moss's case-a conversation with a special porcupine. This episode, and his unprecedented communication with Trouble, a village girl who follows him into the forest, transform Moss by the time he returns home to share the feast with his family and their guests, whom he holds responsible for "every strange and confusing thing that had happened to me today." Though his narrative may at times seem a little subtle for the intended audience, Dorris has drawn a piercing portrait of a boy and the powerful traditions that shape him. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Grade 3-6-Moss's father extends his hospitality to a group of strangers who speak an entirely different language and who make the boy "uncomfortable with their oddness." When his efforts to convince his parents that the guests should not participate in his people's harvest feast are rebuked, Moss runs away into the nearby forest. There he meets Trouble, a distant relative, and in trying to impress her, finds himself forced into his "away time." Lost in the woods, he learns to look and listen, and begins to realize what it means to be a man during an encounter with a porcupine. He also finds solace in his conversations with Trouble, who eventually helps him find his way out of the forest. Though she is struggling with the strictures placed upon young women in her clan, they share universal early adolescent emotions about the lack of understanding their families afford them. Dorris's writing is elegant, full of evocative images and lush metaphors. He develops his intriguing characters in a leisurely way, and places little emphasis on plot. Young readers will need to work hard to piece together the clues that suggest the setting (someplace by the sea) and the identity of the guests (probably white settlers since they arrived after following a "trail through the sea"). They will be able to comprehend the words, but some may miss the story's ultimate meaning.
Ellen Fader, Oregon State Library, Salem
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; Reissue edition (May 18, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786813563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786813568
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,356 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bray Ferguson
May 27, 2003
Community 7-213
Guests
Guests by Michael Dorris, was intriguing and suspenseful. As the authors explains the beautiful woodlands in the Northeast, he revisits his childhood by explaining to the reader that he, himself grew-up in an Indian tribe and fell in love, as did the boy, Moss.
He finds a girl and usually is scarred to talk to girls, but no, not this time, he smiles back. He tries to show his tribe and himself that anything is possible, just do everything you can. Moss keeps trying and he soon finds that in life nothing comes easily. Everyone tries to make as simple and sweet as possible, but as Moss tries to do exactly that, he finds himself getting much more out of it, LOVE!
This book was both adventurous, but still like a love story. As he was walking through the forest one day, thinking about life, he came across a magical porcupine. He started talking to him, and Moss was amazed. The magical lady porcupine told him the most important thing he needed to hear, "you are who you are, an no one can tell you the truth about that." I think everyone at one time needs to hear that. Ii wish we all had magical porcupines.
Moss is a normal boy, he gets into trouble a little to easily, but he always gets out of it. He enjoys walking in the woods and talking to the magical porcupine, he wants to be understood, and eventually, he is.
I enjoyed the book, but some chapters were hard to get through. To find out what happens to Moss, his girlfriend, and the magical porcupine, read the book Guests by Michael Dorris.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
One day Moss, a young Native American boy, follows Trouble, a young Native American girl, into a clearing in the woods to see where she is going. Moss talks to Trouble, lies to her about being on his away time, walks into the woods without any weapons or tools, and he gets lost. In the woods, Moss meets and talks to a porcupine, and the porcupine tells Moss not to be afraid of the guests that are coming to Moss's village. Moss thinks about the advice the porcupine gives him. Moss sleeps in the woods, and in the morning he finds his way out. Outside the woods Moss meets Trouble, and they talk as they walk back to their village. When they are at their village they see that the guests have arrived. They are worried!
Michael Dorris wrote this book very well. This story would be a good book for people who like adventure! It wouldn't be such a good book for people under the age of 8 because it is a little confusing. It was very interesting and it made me want to read on. If you are able to check out this book out or borrow it, my advice is that you read it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 31, 2001
Format: Paperback
I loved the book Guests.The story tells about a boy named Moss,who tries to convince his parents he is ready to receive the test that will prove him a men.He also does not like the idea that his village is inviting guests for dinner.So, maybe he will run from home. I loved this book because adventure, and suspence are mixed together.I recommend this book for ages 11 to 13 years old.
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A Kid's Review on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Guests
Guests, by Michael Dorris was an adventurous, mysterious, exciting, and suspenseful book. When the author sets the tome in the beginning he describes the enchanting life of a young Native American searching for is position in life. As the story goes on he meets someone. "You're a girl" Moss the main character once said along with "Usually if a girl smiled at me I would laugh, or blush, but not his time, this time I smiled back" With these statements he shows the reader what love really is.
Answers to lives questions such as "Moss, what do you think beauty is" are hard to answer like that. In the forest when Moss meets a mysterious porcupine the author explains without putting it in words that no one can answer your life questions, but they can only help you.
This book was both adventurous and romantic. Moss had a very brave soul, or did he? When he walked into the forest he walked in without anything, not even a knife. You could infer he was scared and nervous because he stated, "I'm going with nothing, I said braver then I felt" With that said you could sense something bad was going to happen.
Moss the main character of this book was a dare devil at times but was also a scared at times too. Trouble, the girl Moss meets was definite a tomboy. She once stated, " Would you want to be a girl?" Explaining to Moss tat being a girl was NOT one of her favorite parts of life.
As Michael Dorris is a Native American boy himself I bet he wrote this book to express his childhood event or one of another's. Michael Dorris has also written, A Yellow Raft on Blue Water, and, The Broken Cord. With that books breakthrough brought fetal alcohol syndrome to national attention. This was a great book to learn lives questions and how to answer them. Because of Michael Dorris's sudden death he was not able to write more books.
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A Kid's Review on May 27, 2003
Format: Paperback
Guests
By Michael Dorris
Guests, an excellent book by Michael Dorris was an adventurous and touching book. Michael Dorris explained what it is like to be young and in love. He explained how the boy, Moss, could find his answers in the wilderness. After all, since Moss is from a Northeast Indian tribe he has to find his role in life. I'm guessing that Dorris wrote this book because he as well is partial American Indian.
To find his answers was difficult for the young boy. Until however, he meets a mysterious porcupine that tells him to go on with life. Dorris did not actually say this in his story but is trying to say that nobody can ever answer your questions.
If I were asked to describe this book I would say adventurous and romantic. Moss was very brave. But was he brave enough? He walked into the woods with nothing... This is where the book got very interesting.
Trouble who comes in the story later is a girl. Usually Moss is weird around girls but this girl was different He acted around her just like he would to anyone else.
Moss is what made this book interesting to me. He was adventurous and clever. He always knew what to do.
Even though this story takes place in the woods it is still very fun. The setting is what makes Guests suspenseful.
"Where have you been Moss"? "In the woods". "ALONE". The reason I put that quote is because it left a lot of questions ringing in my mind.
Now do you think Moss found his answers? To find that out you have to read the book!
I never got to read all of Michael Dorris's books. I am sure that he would have made more but instead he died on April 10-11 of committing suicide.
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