the tender age of twelve, Nathan Fowler comes face-to-face with evil.
He and his younger sister, Molly, have long heard murmurings about the
man the Shawnee Indians call Weasel. Then on a dark Ohio night in
1839, a speechless stranger knocks on their cabin door and beckons for
Nathan and Molly to follow him.
Ezra, who has lost his wife-and
much more- to Weasel’s savagery, leads Nathan and Molly to their missing
father, another of Weasel’s victims. The next morning, Nathan returns
home alone to feed and care for the family’s animals. What he finds
horrifies him and prepares him for the inevitable encounter with
Weasel. But nothing can prepare Nathan for the terrible rage and
inward struggle that nearly overwhelms him as a result of his encounter.
To learn how Nathan comes to
grips with his overwhelming feelings and is able to let go of his feelings
of hatred for Weasel, read Weasel by Cynthia DeFelice. (Marsha Carlan,
Benton Elementary School)