Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 12
- Grade: 4
- Reading age: 9 to 12
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).
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.
Time of the ThunderbirdIn 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.
Other titles by Diane Silvey
Other titles by John Mantha
The Old Ways
Kids Book of World Religions, The
Kids Book of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada, The
Kids Book of Canadian History, The
Samuel de Champlain
Kids Book of Canada's Railway, The
and How the CPR Was Built