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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.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Lexile Measure: 870 (What's this?)
  • 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: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #965,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Step aside Norse trickster gods. Move over Greek and Roman pals of Percy Jackson. Stand down Set and Bastet and other Egyptian gods from the Red Pyramid. Kokopelli is the ultimate trickster; the ubiquitous, transformative, infinitely variable symbol of the American Southwest. Kokopelli is everywhere, in everyone's stories, at all of the ancient sites, in all of the drawings, petroglyphs and pictographs. Every kid should know Kokopelli.
Will Hobbs does a great job of introducing us to the legendary Kokopelli, the modern Kokopelli, and the power that K represents, while also providing a Four Corners travel guide, and an introduction to ancient southwest culture. This is an honest book, and an exciting book, and it treats its characters, and the reader, fairly. A well recommended change of pace from standard current fantasy/adventure series.
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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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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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A Kid's Review on July 23, 2001
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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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Many many moons ago, I used to be in charge of the children's section of our village library. I occasionally like to pick up a middle grade or young adult mystery to take a look at what's available for younger readers now, and I have to admit that I'm glad I chose Kokopelli's Flute. Will Hobbs has written an adventure that kept me hooked from first page to last.

First of all, there's the idyllic (to me) setting: the Seed Farm in the New Mexico section of the Four Corners, within walking distance of an ancient cliff dwelling. I immediately put myself in Tep's shoes as he and his dog Dusty (the best canine companion a child could ever have) would walk there to explore.

[My copy obtained through membership in Paperback Swap.]

I also learned a lot about dry farming and the rare seed business. Another fact of life-- pot hunters who destroy ancient sites for the artifacts that they can sell-- provides some excellent suspense and action sequences at the beginning and end of the book.

There's some magic in this book that calls for a reader's willing suspension of disbelief, and although I didn't really buy into Tep's changing into an animal every night, I did enjoy those sections-- especially when Tep stopped panicking and started using his head.

Kokopelli's Flute starts out rather slowly but builds momentum to a satisfying conclusion. Tep is a good-hearted, smart boy, and at that age, I would've been his friend in a heartbeat. Part of me does wonder at how much children in the proper age range would actually enjoy this book. Something tells me the "city slickers" might find it boring, and that would be a shame.
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