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Publisher's Summary

Brian Young’s powerful debut novel tells of a seemingly ordinary Navajo boy who must save the life of a Water Monster - and comes to realize he’s a hero at heart.

When Nathan goes to visit his grandma, Nali, at her mobile summer home on the Navajo reservation, he knows he’s in for a pretty uneventful summer, with no electricity or cell service. Still, he loves spending time with Nali and with his uncle, Jet, though it’s clear when Jet arrives that he brings his problems with him. 

One night, while lost in the nearby desert, Nathan finds someone extraordinary: a Holy Being from the Navajo Creation Story - a Water Monster - in need of help. 

Now Nathan must summon all his courage to save his new friend. With the help of other Navajo Holy Beings, Nathan is determined to save the Water Monster, and to support Uncle Jet in healing from his own pain.

The Heartdrum imprint centers a wide range of intertribal voices, visions, and stories while welcoming all young listeners, with an emphasis on the present and future of Indian Country and on the strength of young Native heroes. In partnership with We Need Diverse Books.

Supplemental enhancement PDF accompanies the audiobook.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2021 Brian Young (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved your story!

We the dínè people need books such as this well written book. I appreciate how you were do articulate in the story. Please with our healers consent we need more books such as the one you have written for our people.

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and important in many ways -- IMAGINATION ;) which we've been tending to damper in our children with the emphasis on intellect development even in preschool!! awareness and sensitivity that the world is a "living" world; respect for difference and cultural awakening. Thanks to all involved in writing and publishing this book and audiobook.

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A book for both worlds

I am a Navajo mother and always reminding my children, "there are stories for everything." Mr. Young you have written a book that opened our imagination and helped the next generation to connect both the traditional and modern worlds. To see my children's wheels turning and connecting oral history to the present day was a wonderful feeling and made my heart swell. Thank you for a beautiful story!

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This book is a must no matter your age!

I absolutely loved this book. It has been written marvelously so that anyone can enjoy. I was happy to be allowed to learn more about the Diné people.

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A skillful, imaginative, smart story that speaks deep truths to many ages and cultures.

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I loved this. in this day with Covid. We are losing our elders to tell us these stories. I'm so happy to have this story, to bring light to our ancestral stories, to bring insight on our roles to our world now.

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Loved it, got through it in two days 💕

it was a great story to listen to with my 10 year old son, it brought me pure joy to see the light on his eyes light up when he heard his language being spoken. A must read.

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Looooooved it!

Amazing discriptions! Fantastic storytelling!! Finally, a Diné (Navajo) character & story that other Diné can easily identify with on so many levels! This is great for ALL ages and backgrounds! A definite must! ❤

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absolutely phenomenal

we listen to audiobooks on our trips out of town or even on short distance drives on this one every time we got in the car my children asked for it to be played because they couldn't wait for the next chapter my daughter is 8 and my son is 9 so this age group connected tremendously with this book the relationship Dynamic of it was beautifully written and dealt with real life situations that we see in our community "thank you for writing this book "that is from my son Nathan who is a chunky brown skinned Native American Boy with long hair he thought this book was written about him thank you

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I love this book highly recommend it to anyone who has an open mind and love for navajo culture, thank you Brian Young for writing the book and being a role model for the young youth and us adults who lost their way in today's society and technology. I grew up with stories of my Diné people and as I got older it slowly slipped away. as I listened to the book it was like an old best friend or reconnect with my roots and I am forever thankful for it. can't wait to see what you create again. my son and I thank you!!!