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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Time of the Thunderbird

by (author) Diane Silvey

illustrated by John Mantha

Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Jul 2008
Native Canadian, General, General
Recommended Age
9 to 12
Recommended Grade
Recommended Reading age
9 to 12
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2008
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jul 2008
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Kaya and Tala, the adventurous twins, are back from their exploits in Spirit Quest on a new mission to discover why children are disappearing from one of their tribe’s villages. Earth dwarves are being blamed for the missing children, but the twins are sure they’re not at fault. Something very sinister is happening, so once again the sister and brother set out with Yahet (Y for short), their friend and companion, to rescue the kidnapped children. Along the way they meet a mysterious owl, a cedar ogre, demons galore, Aixos, the most ferocious of all sea serpents, and the Thunderbird himself!

About the authors

Diane Silvey graduated from the University of British Columbia`s Native Indian Teacher Education Program and taught in band schools for 21 years. She is the author of two picture books, two novels and a textbook, From Time Immemorial. The winner of a B.C. Book Award in 2000 and a Women of Distinction Award in Education, Training and Development, Diane is a member of the Sechelt Band (Coast Salish).

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John Mantha is a Toronto-based artist and illustrator. Born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, he graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art. John is the illustrator of twenty-six books including The Kids Book of Canada's Railway and The Kids Book of Canadian Exploration.

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Librarian Reviews

Time of the Thunderbird

In this young adult novel, a stranger from a land far away is shipwrecked at a Coast Salish village where the villagers nurse him back to health. This man is in search of riches and power. He demands the winter dance be canceled and sacred dance masks burned. When the villagers do not comply, he focuses his attention on the children as they are easier to convert to his image. The children are abducted but teen Salish twins and their half-human friend travel through strange worlds, encounter bizarre creatures and face immense danger to rescue the children. In the end, after an exciting battle where the twins are aided by an ancient shaman and some magic, the children’s spirits are carefully enclosed in a bone tube and returned to the village.

Silvey is a member of the Sechelt band (Coast Salish). She is the author of many books, including Spirit Quest.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2009-2010.

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