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From the Author

I discovered the legend of the Nain Rouge right around the time I lost my job and the entire country was going through a major economic crisis. I kept wondering why all this was happening. Why were such terrible things happening to such good people?

And so my story begins... The Nain Rouge feeds on all of this negative energy and becomes the cause and the manifestation of evil.

I'd like to think that this first book in the Nain Rouge trilogy presents not only the human struggle of good versus evil, but provides children and adults with the opportunity to explore how we cope with life's challenges. In the end, we have to make choices and live with our decisions. Maybe, it takes a society working together for the common good to defeat the evil forces - both seen and unseen.

This is a battle we all face, everyday, as individuals and as a community. Truly, a scary and exciting proposition.

From the Back Cover

There is an evil, enduring legend deep within the city.

Stories tell of the Nain Rouge - the Red Dwarf - who roams the streets, a harbinger of doom.

For more than 300 years, reported sightings of the Nain Rouge have been escalating. Now, times are tough and only seem to be getting worse.

Elly and Tom are two average middle schoolers on a field trip to the art museum. In a flash, they are wrapped up in a mystery of evil and intrigue that has been brewing for centuries. Fate has hurled these young teens in front of one of the most evil creatures ever to walk the earth.

Can Elly and Tom do anything to save the city and themselves?

Or has the time of the Nain Rouge finally come?
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 114 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (July 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439233098
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439233092
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,602 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Josef Bastian is Midwest author and poet whose sense of humor, depth of spirit and reflective imagination resonate within his poetry and prose. He is a fresh, new voice from middle America, in the footsteps of Carl Sandburg and Garrison Keillor.

Josef is also a professional educator and thought leader, who specializes in developing experiential learning programs for both private and public business sectors.

Mr. Bastian currently lives in the Metropolitan Detroit area.

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I liked this book and think it should be a fun (and interesting) read for young people.
Michael McLean
I have always been interested in the folklore of the Nain Rouge and this story provides a wonderful take on the history.
PVDetroit
It was so interesting I did not want to put the book down, so I read it all in one sitting.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steerpike on October 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
A departure from Bastian's earlier works, Nain Rouge is definitely a dark tale - one that's appropriate for anybody but very young children; like, the kind that don't understand English yet. A woodland spirit, bound to the region of southeast Michigan, has become trapped (like many humans!) in the city of Detroit's downward slide, and years of regional neglect have poured into him, as evil. Only two middle schoolers, possibly chosen by the Nain Rouge himself, can hope to save the day.

By weaving very adult issues of downturns, job loss, and recession-effect on families with this dark fantasy tale, Bastian has created a bogeyman we can all believe in - along with a hero and heroine who just might have the drive and energy to turn the city around.

Parents should read this out loud to their children every Halloween. It offers many opportunities to do funny and scary voices, Bronwyn Coveny's gorgeous illustrations can be passed around, and the book experience can be enjoyed as a spooky treat for the season. Well done, Josef!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ted Canaday on August 26, 2009
Format: Paperback
Based on the myth of the Nain Rouge, the apparition whose appearances have preceded many of Detroit's moments of crisis (such as the great fire of 1805 and the 1967 riots), this short but immensely entertaining yarn takes place in modern day Detroit and its suburbs. It includes many notable settings, such as the Detroit Institute of Arts, Hart Plaza, and Compuware's headquarters in Campus Martius Park; as a native Detroiter, it gave me the warm fuzzies to read a story taking place in my own backyard. The mix of adventure, suspense, and mythology kept the pages turning, and I devoured the book in one sitting. In fact, I was prompted to not only investigate the Nain Rouge myth further from online sources such as Wikipedia, but also renew my membership to the DIA!

Heartily recommended for kids of all ages, and Detroiters at heart, wherever they live.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timi Caswell on August 31, 2009
Format: Paperback
What a fun book this is! The Nain Rouge is a very entertaining read for both kids and their parents. With plenty of meaty history to give the story a solid foundation, this spooky book had both my eight-year old and I reading far past bedtime! The story takes place in Detroit and includes many references to local landmarks which gives it a very realistic and contemporary feel. Much of the action takes place in the Detroit Institute of Arts and now my son is clamoring for a trip to the DIA to see if he can find the book's main characters. Not sure if there is a sequel in the works, but I'd love to see this become a series...Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl R. Winans on September 1, 2009
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I loved this book ... it was a quick and enjoyable read that I believe will spark the imaginations of children while providing a deeper narrative that runs in parallel with the current events of the day making it relevant and enjoyable to older kids and adults as well. I dig books like this that discuss universal truths in accessible and unique ways. The ending was inventive and left the door open leaving me wanting more ... hopefully we'll see more Nain Rouge books??

"Evil Be To Those Who Evil Thinks" ... A Good Book Be To Those Who Good Book Thinks! Nice work, keep 'em coming!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Heap on September 22, 2009
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Josef Bastian uses the legend of Nain Rouge as the basis for connecting Detroit's past with today. Many references to historical events are included. Each one (i.e. Detroit Institute of Arts and the Diego Rivera murals) is a springboard for mini history lessons using the jewels of a great city. Additionally, this great read is rich with figurative language. No one is better at it than josef bastian.

A thrilling example of historical fiction for children!
Nain Rouge
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By Red_One_20 on September 3, 2013
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Josef Bastian's characters come to life as role models for young adults -- the kind of young people you'd like your kids to hang out with. Actually, the young people in "Nain Rouge" do far more than hang out; they are very active and involved in their community. Through their interactions with each other and their relationships with adults, Bastian presents serious questions about good and evil in our time without preaching or pandering and throws in interesting history as well. Language is contemporary and engaging for teens with just enough intrigue to keep them interested. This is a book adults will enjoy and feel good about having their teenagers read.
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In Nain Rouge, Josef Bastian succeeds not only in weaving a compelling adventure around the tale of the evil dwarf who haunts Detroit, but also in giving readers a vivid, authentic sense of the city itself. Young readers will hang on every twist of Elly and Tom's efforts to elude and eventually thwart their tiny foe, while older readers like me will enjoy the author's unique grasp of Detroit history and his carefully placed shout-outs to events and locations any Detroiter will immediately recognize. In a time when so many books feature stock characters acting out rehashed plots, it's refreshing to find one as unique and well-told as Nain Rouge.
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The Nain Rouge is a gift. One that I have shared with so many friends who have enjoyed reading it aloud with their kids. In fact, one of my girlfriend's was moving from Detroit to Portland. My gift to her and her son was the Nain Rouge to read together on their long road trip west. Filled with folklore and facts, this book helped them to reconnect with the city they were leaving in a way they did not expect. A sense of pride filled their hearts. Though they were headed for adventure in a new world, they were given the gift of reflection and hope and a new appreciation for the city that will always be home.
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