Bringing Ezra Back
By Cynthia DeFelice
(Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374399399, 160pp.)
Publication Date: August 8, 2006
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September 1840 marks five months since twelve-year-old Nathan Fowler’s life-threatening encounter with Weasel, the heartless man who stalked Nathan like a wild animal through the forest. Nathan hasn’t been the same since, wary of every new person he meets – including the visiting peddler Orrin Beckwith. When Beckwith shows Nate and his family a handbill advertising a show with a “white Injun,” a man without a tongue, Nathan is sure the man is his friend Ezra, who lost his tongue to Weasel’s knife. Determined to save Ezra from this traveling show of “human oddities,” Nathan sets out with Beckwith from Ohio to Pennsylvania. On the way, Nathan encounters more people than he’s ever met before, and he begins to learn a thing or two about human nature. The biggest shock, however, is Ezra himself, and it will take more than Nathan bargained for to bring him back home.
This long-anticipated sequel to Weasel is a masterful adventure story, in which Nathan Fowler triumphs over the legacy of fear left him by the villain Weasel. Bringing Ezra Back is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Cynthia DeFelice is the author of many bestselling books for young readers, including Wild Life, The Ghost of Cutler Creek, Signal, The Missing Manatee, and Weasel. Her books have been nominated for an Edgar Allen Poe Award and listed as American Library Association Notable Children's Books and Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, among numerous other honors. She lives in upstate New York.
"Exciting. Fans and newcomers will be satisfied with this long-awaited sequel." --Kirkus Reviews "This sequel offers a fine opportunity to introduce the suspense of Weasel to a new generation of readers." --The Horn Book "This adventure treats readers to a double-dip cliff-hanging plot and heart-searing maturation." --School Library Journal "As always, DeFelice's finely nuanced characters shine. This is a thoughtful adventure that will appear to Weasel fans everywhere." --Booklist "DeFelice does a wonderful job of describing life on the Ohio frontier. An interesting story that will capture readers." --VOYA
“Young teen readers will enjoy Nathan’s loyalty and determination.”—Signal, Spring 2007