Fountas and Pinnell Reading Level: R
Grade Level: 5 – 7
Theme: Survival/Coming of Age
Torak, a preadolescent boy, travels through the forest to fulfil a promise to his father to rid the forest of a demon-possessed bear. He meets various challenges: human and personified, and slowly becomes aware of special gifts he has to help him.
The characters, well-developed setting and a touch of magic in this book lead to a plot which grabbed me from the beginning. I was unable to stop! The grade 7 boys in the group loved the adventure and non-stop action. I was able to guide excellent discussions about strength of character and connection with nature at an age-appropriate level.
– ISBN # 1 84255 170 1, 234 pp