Wabi: A Hero's Tale

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With Abenaki words sprinkled throughout the narrative and elements from traditional tales seamlessly woven into the story, Wabi falls in love with a human girl, and engages in mortal combat with monsters intent on destroying their world.

Available in paperback only.  Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki), Wabi: A Hero's Tale. 2006.

If you’ve been raised as an owl (even if you find out later that you’re also a human), there’s one thing you need to know: “If you don’t hop off the branch, you’ll never catch anything.” That’s what Wabi finds out from the wisdom of his great-grandmother, who is also a shape-changer. As he watches and listens to the people in the village below, Wabi learns what it is to be human. And hop off the branch he does, into the adventure of his life. With Abenaki words sprinkled throughout the narrative and elements from traditional Abenaki tales seamlessly woven into the story, Wabi rescues a wolf cub, falls in love with a human girl, and engages in mortal combat with monsters intent on destroying their world. The sometimes gruesome encounters will resonate with middle readers, as will Wabi’s wry observations (“It is very easy to locate a large, bloodthirsty creature when it attempts to tear out your throat”). Bruchac’s talents shine through Wabi’s story; there’s not a single wasted scene in this expertly crafted thriller.