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Bringing Ezra Back by Cynthia DeFelice

Bringing Ezra Back

by Cynthia DeFelice

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Humorless boy seeks

victimized friend in somber

sequel to "Weasel."
  librarianlk | Oct 27, 2008 |
5. Citation: DeFlice, Cynthia. Bringing Ezra Back. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, Giroux. 2006. [Bird Library Book].

Age level: 9-12

Abstract: This is the sequel to the book Weasel and takes place on the Ohio frontier in the 1840’s. In the previous book you met 12 year old Nathan and his family and the family’s friend Ezra. At the end of Weasel, Ezra has decided to go in search of his wife’s people, who are from the Shawnee tribe. When a traveling peddler comes to Nathan’s farm he learns that Ezra (who is mute), is being displayed in a traveling freak show as a “White Injun” in Pennsylvania. Nathan decides he must go in search of his friend and bring him home. He relies on his frontier background and courage to accomplish the task.

Appropriateness: The reading level is appropriate for students in this age range and will expose them to the way that people spoke then with a backwoodsy kind of feel.

How to use: I would use this book for students who enjoyed the first book and for others who are interested in reading historical fiction that takes place during the frontier days of our country.

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  cdl | Sep 10, 2007 |
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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.

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In the mid-1800s, twelve-year-old Nathan journeys from his farm on the Ohio frontier to Western Pennsylvania to rescue a friend held captive by the owners of a freak show.

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