Rebel by Cheryl Aylward Whitesel
A Tibetan Odyssey

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In the closed society of turn-of-the-century Tibet, the outside world is a threatening place. But not to Thunder. Ever rebellious, he longs to become a trader and visit faraway places.

But when he has forbidden contact with a foreign explorer, Thunder is banished from his village. He is forced to join a monastery to lead a quiet life of study and meditation under the tutelage of his uncle, a high-ranking monk. At the monastery, though, life is anything but quiet. Thunder has to stand up to Zang-po, his uncle's resentful servant, and--even worse--defend himself against Pounder, the menacing soldier who endangers his life. Will he find peace at the monastery, or will he rebel against the life set out for him?

Readers will come to care about Thunder as they turn the pages of this fast-paced, engrossing story set in a truly captivating time and place.

Books for the Teen Age 2001 (NYPL)


About Cheryl Aylward Whitesel

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Born in Rochester, New York, Cherly Aylward Whitesel has also lived in Illinois, Louisiana, and Michigan and spent twelve years in Asia. After her son was born, she abandoned her law career and decided to pursue the dream she had since the age of eight--to write books for young people. She and her husband, Paul Cassingham, have a fifteen-year-old son, Ross, and a talking parakeet named Ping. Ms. Whitesel lives in Western Springs, Illinois. Rebel is her first book.
Published May 31, 2000 by HarperCollins. 208 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Profoundly changed by his experiences, Thunder turns in the end, armed with a clearer vision of his life's path, toward a prophesied future in which Tibet’s long isolation will end in violence and exile.

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Also, Thunder is chosen to be the playmate of the new young Tulku lama, but the novel doesn't explain the significance of the Tulku lama to the monastic community or what his daily life is like.

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