Night of the White Deer by Jack Bushnell

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The boy had heard the old stories about a mysterious white deer that appeared among the fields of corn. Some said she had been formed from a star that fell to the earth; others said she had risen up from some tanks of spilt milk. But to the young boy, it seemed that’s all she was, the stuff of stories — until one night when she appears on his farm, standing in the field, her coat a sparkling white. During this magical nighttime encounter, the deer leads the boy into the skies on a flight through the lights of the aurora, among the countless other creatures living in its glistening colors. But the boy will discover more the next day, when he tells his family about his experience. This modern folk tale inspires young readers to see the magic that comes from the twinkles of the nighttime sky.


About Jack Bushnell

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Miguel Co graduated from the University of the Arts in Center City, Philadelphia, PA, in 2011. He lives in South Philadelphia, around the corner from the Italian Market. This is his first book.Jack Bushnell's previous books for young readers include Circus of the Wolves, Sky Dancer, and a novel, Farm Crossing. He teaches writing and literature at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. Co and his wife live in western Wisconsin and have a son and daughter.
Published October 9, 2012 by Tanglewood Press. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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Left alone with his father, the boy learns his dad had a similar adventure as a child…and Dad wants to go along should the white deer return.

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The storm raced the deer and the deer won.

Nov 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Night of the White Deer

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Some even say she’s just make believe, but one young boy knows the white deer real.

Dec 29 2012 | Read Full Review of Night of the White Deer

K-Gr 2—This self-described modern folktale creates a mythology around the aurora borealis. A farm boy hears stories of a mysterious white deer with unknown origins that some believe to be a star. His father is cagey when the subject comes up, and his older brother teases him for believing the sto...

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