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Two internationally acclaimed artists create a groundbreaking, genre-defying adventure to transcend time, place, and identity.

In the cold north where the white wind blows lives Sixteen-Face John, a shaman. His wife is expecting their first child -- a "soonchild." But Soonchild won't come out! So John sets out to find the World Songs that inspire all soonchildren to leave the womb. Along the way, he must shift shape and size, converse with animals and ancestors, and face demons and death. But he also pursues an elusive golden-eyed presence that hints at a connection with his past. This breathtaking novel, as exciting as it is spooky, is a lyrical tribute to the forces of nature, magic, and family.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick, 2012.
ISBN: 9780763659202
Branch Call Number: YA HOB
Characteristics: 132 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Deacon, Alexis - Illustrator
Alternative Title: Soon child


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Vilka Dec 05, 2017

Dreamlike atmosphere and simple but fun writing style tells the surreal story of a lapsed shaman who has fallen into a pattern of cola, pizza, and TV, until he finds out that his unborn child cannot hear the World Songs that coax children to emerge into the world; so he dusts off his rusty shaman skills and goes on a quest in the spirit-world to recover the Songs so his baby can be born.

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