Will Lansa, raised by his white mother in Aspen, is spending the summer on the Hopi reservation with his father, the tribal police chief. The chief is investigating the murder of a man found near a sacred place. Some suspect it's the work of a powaqu, a powerful witch. Will's own investigation finds him caught up in ancient prophecies and mystical visions that suddenly place his life in jeopardy.
- Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards)
Gr 7-10�This novel is luxuriant in cultural detail and even includes a glossary of Hopi terms, but it's lean in story line, setting, and characterization. Will's summer visit with his father, the Hopi tribal police chief, gives the teen the chance to explore his heritage, find romance, help solve two grisly murders, and derail a kidnapping. Will's adversary is a red-caped madman who believes himself to be Pahana, the legendary Hopi savior. This villain kills in order to recover a sacred tablet he believes is necessary to bring about the Day of Purification for his people. Those scenes that portray the murderer in the throes of his delusion are the most fascinating and vivid in this fictional landscape. However, for good storytelling, YAs will prefer the rich characters and clear sense of place that abound in Tony Hillerman's Navajo reservation mysteries. Prophecy Rock gets a B+ for multicultural effort, but as a mystery it's barely passing. It's best summed up as Hillerman meets the YA Problem Novel, and the result is not a compelling read, however well intentioned.�Doris A. Fong, Benson Polytechnic High School, Portland, OR (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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July 08, 2012
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