The Mystery Behind the Shaman’s Call
Jay Evans, 17, loves sports and is a good student, but when his mom decides he should become more familiar with his First Nations roots, he rebels. He’s always known his mom grew up in a First Nations village way up North, so what?
To avoid her lectures on medicinal plants and berries or unbelievable myths, Jay and his pup escape on the Pacific Ocean. That’s when Grandfather Tait, an old First Nations Shaman, appears. He insists that it is Jay’s destiny to come North for the summer to restore the family honour.
Convinced the encounter was a laughable dream, Jay tells his parents. He’s shocked and hurt to learn that the long-ago disgrace is not the only secret his parents have kept from him.
Angry but outnumbered, Jay fights his deep fear of flying and travels to Chee-en, his Mom’s remote village where Grandfather Tait is waiting.
Far from the security and reassurance of his buddies in Applevale, Jay is determined to prove he can survive outside his comfort zone. But . . . nobody warned him about the band of artifact thieves. Or the shapeshifting Spirit Bear.
I was drawn into the story right from the start and could picture where it took place. I loved Grandfather Tait and found the characters and conflict well-drawn. My favourite was Jay’s communication with the Spindle Whorl! It left me wanting more — a sequel perhaps?
I enjoyed the whole story. Found myself relating a lot to Jay, and the opening chapters hooked me in on the adventure. So much was unexpected and interesting, from the Spirit bear to the suspicions Gord and Jay had of Dempsey. You really did a wonderful job!
A doggone fine read!
Trixie & Mary Ann
With Jay’s world turned upside down and First Nations artifacts going missing, this west coast mystery is full of danger and intrigue. His interaction with other characters is so realistic you can almost hear them breathing.
Karen Autio, Author of YA fiction and non-fiction including Sabotage and
Kah-Lan, The Adventurous Sea Otter
An amazing book! It connected me to my home on the Coast, and will resonate with First Nations readers. It’s important that all young people learn about and understand our history. This is a great story and one all kids would enjoy.
Elizabeth Wilson, First Nations Family Social worker
Maternal roots: Tsimshian Territory, B.C.
Paternal roots: Heilsuk Territory, B.C.