Soonchild

By Russell Hoban; Alexis Deacon (Illustrator)
(Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763659202, 132pp.)

Publication Date: August 14, 2012

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Description

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.




About the Author
Russell Hoban was the author of A Bargain for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Best Friends for Frances, A Birthday for Frances, and Bread and Jam for Frances, all illustrated by Lillian Hoban. He also wrote Bedtime for Frances, illustrated by Garth Williams.

Alexis Deacon recently graduated with an honors degree in illustration from the University of Brighton and now lives in London, England. "Slow Loris," his first picture book, was praised by "Publishers Weekly" as "a quirky tale with an entertaining twist."
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