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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416902503
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416902508
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8?This unique and compelling fantasy/adventure is set in northern New Mexico. The mood is created immediately as Tepary Jones, 13, sets out to view a total eclipse of the full moon from the ruins of a cliff dwelling near his family's farm, but the quiet mystery of the Ancient Ones is shattered by illegal pothunters. Tep finds an eagle-bone flute they leave behind, and his adventures become complicated by a magic older than the ruins. He finds himself changing into a bushy-tailed woodrat each night, which both hinders and helps him to find the pothunters; develop drought-resistant seeds with his father; and save his mother from the hantavirus, a disease thought to be contracted from rodent droppings. Both parents are scientists and have encouraged their son to enjoy and respect nature, and to help preserve the variety of life on earth as well as the beauties of the past. They are both fully developed individuals who capture and hold readers' interest. Even Dusty, the dog, has a rare personality. Hobbs vividly evokes the Four Corners region and blends fantasy with fact so smoothly that the resulting mix can be consumed without question. Subplots flow together naturally, and ancient stories and sensibilities become one with modern lives. Outstanding characters, plot, mood, and setting combine in this satisfying and memorable book.?Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 6^-9. When 13-year-old Tepary Jones and his dog Dusty are camping out at the Picture House, an ancient Anasazi cliff dwelling not far from his father's Seed Farm, they encounter some grave robbers. After scaring them away, Tepary cannot resist taking the small bone flute the thieves left behind. Playing the ancient flute marks the beginning of a strange yet fascinating story, for Tepary triggers his gift as a changeling, and each night after dark, he becomes a pack rat. Ludicrous as this may sound, the novel works because of Hobbs' easy style and his ability to make readers suspend disbelief. Additionally, the information that young people will learn about ancient farming and seed-gathering practices and the habits of desert animals, especially pack rats--all part of Hobbs' obvious but unobtrusive environmental message--make the story not only an entertaining fantasy, but also an interesting ecological education resource. Frances Bradburn --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

WILL HOBBS is the author of eighteen exciting outdoor adventure novels for upper elementary, middle school and young adult readers, as well as two picture book stories. Seven of his novels have been named Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, and Ghost Canoe, Will's first mystery, won the Edgar Allan Poe national award for Best Young Adult Mystery. The ALA's list of the "100 Best Young Adult Books of the 20th Century" includes two of Will's titles: Far North and Downriver.

A graduate of Stanford University and a former reading and language arts teacher, Will lives with his wife, Jean, in Durango, Colorado. Visit Will's website at www.willhobbsauthor.com

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kokopelli's Flute is a wonderful book. That is why I gave it five stars. It is about a boy named Tepary who loves the ancient Native Americans and ancient artifacts. One day he found out much more than he ever knew about the Native Americans secrets. It is a very exciting book with many true facts about the Southwest, desert animals, and the Southwest Native Americans. Yet, it is a mystical magical book that everyone should read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 7, 1999
Format: Paperback
I think everyone should read it! This book is about a boy named Teparary Jones that went to the picture house. When he was in it he saw some robbers that were taking things. They had dropped a bone flute of Kokopelli's. He didn't play it because it had Kokopelli's spell on it. You should read this book! Alex Jize, 5th grade
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 20, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the moonlight of a total eclipse, young Tepary Jones's first lunar eclipse, a tragedy occurred. The last untouched Indian site was being robbed of priceless pottery. Two pothunters had come to rob the picture house. Though suspicious, Tep undertakes to run them off.
The superstitious pothunters are easily driven away. After an owl hoot, Tep lit a tumbleweed and dropped it over the cliff, causing it to burn away in the air sending them running. When he took a closer look at the dig, he found a basket containing ancient medicine and an eagle bone flute. Though he knew better, Tep put the flute to his lips and blew one magical note. He laughed, watching a wood rat coming to hear the music. The next morning the famous Mr. K, a secret botanist, sent another package containing once again beans for the seed farm. Among the package of beans were also strange types of gourd that will become life saving in the future. After a hard day's work planting the seeds, Tep goes back to his room to bed and watches his pet opossum come through a hole in the roof. As the sun goes down Tep feels funny, looks at his hands and comprehends he has turned into a wood rat. Remembering that Wood rats are an opossum's main diet, Tep was almost eaten by his pet. Tep's inquisitive single note on the eagle bone flute had turned him into the rat by night.
An epidemic virus that is carried by pack rats and crossed transmitted to humans who die from the virus is sweeping the desert. The only cure for the virus is the medicine Tep found in the ancient basket. Tep, being a wood rat in size, is unable to retrieve the medicine. Taking the flute from the basket in desperation, Tep breaks the code with three blows on the flute and returns to human form. This allows him to carry the medicine back and save the day.
Kokopelli's Flute, named for the one Tep found in the basket, is a twisted story of heroism. I found the story enchantingly good. I recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
The book is good because it's exciting and there is a lot of truth in it. We liked that Tepary turned into a packrat. Changelings are cool!! The book was good, especially Ringo. The book was a good adventure book - it was written well. It was adventurous! Note to the readers: If you like adventure books and mystery books, you'll like this a lot!! You don't know what's going to happen. Tepary and Dusty are the main characters
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 1, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kokopelli's Flute was a great book! There was lots of mysterious thngs going on in the book. I'd recommend this book for ages 9+. I wouldn't recommend this book to ages 8 and younger because it takes a lot of thinking,and many things are going at once. It's about a boy named Tepary that goes into the ruins that belong to the Anasazi,and finds interesting but not very thoughtful POTHUNTERS!! Read the book and find out what happens to the pothunters. I give this a four star because,because it is hard to undrestand in some parts(confusing) but clear at the end. I hope you read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 30, 2001
Format: Paperback
Wow! I just got done reading "Kokopelli's Flute" and I thougt it was grrreat but confusing book, that is why I gave it a 4 star. Kokopelli's Flute is kind of like a bunch of stories about the Anassazi with the same characters put together. The story was mysterious and I did not want to put it down. Though it is confusing, it is still a good book! I would higly recommend this book for ages 9 and up, and for people who are interested in the Southwest Native Americans. It's about a boy who meets a mysterious person. Soon the boy finds out that the mysterious person is also someone very special. But you have to read "Kokopellis Flute to find out who that special person is!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 7, 2001
Format: Paperback
Kokopelli’s Flute was a great book. It has magic and problems that have amazing solutions to them. I would definitely give this book a 4 star rate because it’s really exciting and cool. Even though I think it’s a great book I would not recommend it for children under 10 years old because they probably would not get the ideas in the book and all of the confusing words. Also if you are studying the Native Americans I would recommend this book for a lot of different reasons. One of them would be that it talks about the Southwest Native Americans a lot so you learn about their traditions and culture . So that’s why I recommend this book highly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 29, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Kokopelli's Flute is a good book but not Will Hobbs best. Like many other of his books this has to do with nature. Hobbs must of done a lot of research. Where could he find something on an ancient flute. He shows you things that people anywhere else wouldn't know. I bet you don't know about pothunters. They are people that dig for ancient pots and sell them on the black market. This book keeps you reading from begining to end. Not a book for adults, but it is great for teens.
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