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  • 09/2015
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  • 09/2015
  • B015QLPJ4E
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Dreamcatcher
Ann Curtin, author

Children/Young Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Market)

Jesse Alvarez is tired of being the new kid every time his dad takes a job on another ranch. It doesn’t help that Cade Savage, the boss’s son, is a bully who has everything Jesse wants—money, a permanent home, horses, and most of all, a mother who lives with his family. Then Jesse meets Aaron Little Elk, who lives on the Wind River Reservation, steals scraps of yarn from the art room to make dreamcatchers, and never stops talking about his older brother Reuben. Despite that, they become friends, and when Aaron stops coming to school, Jesse worries—and learns of a secret Aaron has been harboring. As he tries to find out what’s happened to his friend, Jesse must unravel the mystery of Aaron’s dreamcatchers and their connection to the wild paint mustang only Aaron can handle. Part contemporary Western, part ghost story, Dreamcatcher is ultimately a novel about friendship, the pain of letting go, and the importance of holding on to what remains behind
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Thirteen-year-old Jesse Alvarez loves the Wyoming ranch he has moved to with his father, even though the owner’s son, Cade Savage, picks on him constantly. Jesse befriends a Shoshone boy, Aaron Little Elk, another one of Cade’s targets, who helps him train a difficult horse for the upcoming junior rodeo. While Jesse finds Aaron a tad annoying, he’s intrigued by Aaron’s stories of his older brother, Reuben, “one of the best [horse] trainers in all of Wyoming,” and looks forward to meeting him. Jesse is also curious about the Shoshone man around the ranch who seems to be able to disappear into thin air. However, when an incident at the ranch exposes the truth about Aaron’s home life, Jesse and Cade begrudgingly team up to help him. Believable characters and realistic situations, such as Jesse’s relationship with his absentee mother, populate Curtin’s first novel. The supernatural elements enhance the emotional second half of a hopeful tale that should leave readers looking forward to Curtain’s next book. Ages 8–12. (BookLife)
KirKus Magazine

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DREAMCATCHER

Curtin, Ann  Zumaya Publications                                                                        BOOK REVIEW

This Western for young readers focuses on a horse ranch in Wyoming, an unruly mustang and a mysterious Shoshone visitor.             

Curtin’s debut follows Jesse Alvarez, son of the new foreman at Big Bob Savage’s ranch in Riverton, Wyoming. Jesse’s always the new kid in town; he and his father, Mark, move from job to job, and his mother has mostly been absent since his parents’ separation. But Big Bob, the ranch’s benevolent but firm owner, seems to like them, recognizing their hardwork and thorough knowledge. Unfortunately, Big Bob’s teenage son Cade hasn’t inherited his father’s kindness and has let his wealth spoil him. He’s popular and athletic but often a bully, especially to Aaron Little Elk, a Shoshone and outsider in Jesse’s class. Although Jesse appreciates Aaron’s friendship, he sometimes spends more time with friends Mike and Logan, who ride ATVs and play video games. However, when Big Bob acquires a wild mustang and offers tol oan him to Jesse for the upcoming rodeo, it turns out that Aaron is the only person who can connect with the stallion.Aaron names him “Dreamcatcher”; he also makes the titular Native American items to keep away his own dreams of a past trauma. When Aaron disappears, Jesse believes it has something to do with the horse and a Shoshone stranger he’s seen around the ranch.                                 

This tale has many layers, tackling class differences between the Shoshone Aaron and wealthy Cade, Jesse’s parents’ difficult separation, the vicissitudes of youthful friendship, and the relationship between man and animal. The novel's rising action deftly balances real human drama and spooky supernatural elements: “I’m not afraid of you up here, Cade,” says Aaron. “I know these woods. I know this mountain. This is Shoshone land...myland. It’s a magical place.”                                                                                                                 Curtin is never contentwith simple resolutions.

The ending offers satisfying but hard truths, particularly concerning the permanence of loss.                                A complex novel for thoughtful young readers, horse lovers and campfire storytellers. 

News
10/02/2015
Annapolis author featured in the Capital Gazette

Hometown Annapolis

10/02/2015
Local author, Ann Curtin, interviewed in the Captial Gazette.

www.capitalgazette.com/...annapolis-1002-20151001-story.html

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 09/2015
  • 9781612712468
  • 262 pages
  • $12.08
Ebook Details
  • 09/2015
  • B015QLPJ4E
  • 262 pages
  • $6.99

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