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The night the white deer died
Paulsen, Gary.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dell, 1991.

Physical Description:
105 pages ; 18 cm
A teenage girl and an old Indian are brought together by the same haunting dream.
Reading Level:
1250 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.7 3.0 32511.

Reading Counts RC 6-8 7.5 7 Quiz: 08380 Guided reading level: Z.
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An Indian brave stands poised to shoot a white deer drinking from a pool of water in the moonlight. It is only a dream-a recurring nightmare that haunts 15-year-old Janet Carson-but it is a dream that will change her life forever. Janet, one of the few Anglo teens in the New Mexico art colony where she lives with her mother, feels isolated and alone. For some reason, she is drawn to Billy Honcho, an old, alcoholic Indian who begs for money from her. As they get to know each other, the meaning of Janet's nightmare grows clear, and Billy becomes the brave in her dream.

Author Notes

Gary Paulsen was born on May 17, 1939 in Minnesota. He was working as a satellite technician for an aerospace firm in California when he realized he wanted to be a writer. He left his job and spent the next year in Hollywood as a magazine proofreader. His first book, Special War, was published in 1966. He has written more than 175 books for young adults including Brian's Winter, Winterkill, Harris and Me, Woodsong, Winterdance, The Transall Saga, Soldier's Heart, This Side of Wild, and Guts: The True Stories Behind Hatchet and the Brian Books. Hatchet, Dogsong, and The Winter Room are Newbery Honor Books. He was the recipient of the 1997 Margaret A. Edwards Award for his lifetime achievement in writing for young adults.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Living with her mother in a New Mexico art colony, a teenaged girl feels iso lated and is haunted by a recurring dream. PW praised the ``eerily poetic'' writing in this allegorical novel, ``rooted in the chasm between actualities and pretensions.'' Ages 12-up. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved