To Alejandro, Andrea, and Nicole, who asked me for this story
Alexander Cold awakened at dawn, startled by a nightmare.
Our family is going through a real crisis. In the Chinese language, do you know what the characters for 'crisis' are? 'Danger" plus 'opportunity.' Maybe your mother's illness will offer you an extraordinary opportunity.
...he wasn't certain about the propriety of Christianizing the Indians, who had their own form of spirituality. They had lived in harmony with nature for thousands of years, like Adam and Eve in Paradise. Why, Padre Valdomero wondered, was it necessary to teach them the concept of sin?
"And you will be my best friend, too - as long as we see each other with our hearts," Nadia replied. "Until we meet again, Eagle ..." "Until then, Jaguar ..."
The book is for young teens and the style of writing reflects this. The story is about a boy whose family life is disrupted when his mother becomes ill, and he is sent to live with his Aunt. His aunt is a no nonsense lady who is about to embark on a trip to the Amazon to keep an eye on govt. relations with the local indians. Behind the scenes the indians are in danger of greedy developers who want them out of the way. This is a real coming of age adventure for this boy, who grows up a lot. He starts as a bit of a spoiled brat but turns out to be a leader. This is a mystical book, full of magic. It was OK, but I wouldn't rave about it.
Fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold is about to join his fearless grandmother on the trip of a lifetime. An International Geographic expedition is headed to the dangerous, remote wilds of South America, on a mission to document the legendary Yeti of the Amazon known as the Beast.
But there are many secrets hidden in the unexplored wilderness, as Alex and his new friend Nadia soon discover. Drawing on the strength of their spirit guides, both young people are led on a thrilling and unforgettable journey to the ultimate discovery. . . .
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:10:19 -0400)
When fifteen-year-old Alexander Cold accompanies his individualistic grandmother on an expedition to find a humanoid Beast in the Amazon, he experiences ancient wonders and a supernatural world as he tries to avert disaster for the Indians.