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Delbert's Weir Paperback – December 11, 2015
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Carmen Peone has lived in Northeast Washington and on the Colville Confederated Reservation since 1988. She had worked with a Tribal Elder, Marguerite Ensminger, and other community elders and family learning the Arrow Lakes Language and various cultural traditions and legends. She lives with her husband who is a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes.
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Also, this young man against nature, against himself theme is extraordinarily identifiable. During my summer before high school three of my friends and I had a similar camping experience in eastern Washington. That heightened this story for me.
Finally, I must compliment the writing style of our author. Her descriptive style with details allows the reader to feel right there, in the wilderness, sensing the feelings of our characters. Highly recommended for YA and the young at heart of all ages.
Chris Gregory, author of Tekoa Tomes, Farewell Hokusen Maru, and Straight Like a Sapling: The Journey of a Reservation Coach, Semper Pi Publishing, Tekoa, WA
The three ride horseback into the wilderness to prove to themselves and their parents they can survive using Native American hunting and fishing skills. They soon learn they’ve forgotten some of their basic tools and food. They must pool their resources and skills for survival.
The three days turn into eight days of struggle. One of the boys has an injury, another is attacked by wasps. Another learns the hard way that all berries aren’t edible. Delbert tries to remember how his friend Pekam built a weir, so that they can catch fish. But the boys must first gather the raw materials. Tempers flair, the weather doesn’t cooperate, they’re desperately hungry, and even their horses run off.
Delbert’s Weir is a realistic story of wilderness survival. The boys must deal with near starvation, injury and illness. The rugged countryside is vividly described as is the culture and skills of the Arrow Lakes Tribe. This is a gripping, inspirational, coming-of-age tale. Adults interested in wilderness survival will enjoy this novel as well.
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