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In the cold north, when Sixteen-Face John, a shaman, learns that his first child, a soonchild, cannot hear the World Songs that inspire all newborns from their mother's wombs, he sets out on a quest that takes him through many lifetimes and many shape-shifts, as well as encounters with beasts, demons and a mysterious benevolent owl spirit, Ukpika, who is linked to John's past.
Publisher: Somerville, Mass. : Candlewick Press, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780763659202
Branch Call Number: YA F HOB
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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