Vodnik by Bryce Moore

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Tomas doesn’t remember his parents’ reason for leaving Slovakia when he was six, so he thinks his biggest challenges when his family moves back will be culture shock and getting to know his long-lost cousin Katka. And he hopes that his badly scarred arm won’t be a cause for teasing as it was in the States.

It turns out that Slovakia holds far more dangerous challenges for Tomas, as he discovers when a vodník straight out of Slovakian fairy tales tries to drown him and add him to his teacup collection. Between the vodník’s drownings in town—for which Roma like Tomas are blamed—a water ghost’s threats, and a fire víla’s mysterious warnings, this adventure turns out to be a lot more than Tomas had bargained for. And then there’s his cousin Katka’s big secret, which leads to a dangerous race against time and Death herself. When peril closes in on Tomas and Katka, can their newfound magical skills help them defeat the vodník and even cheat Death?

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Published March 4, 2012 by Lee & Low Books / Tu Books. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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I've been listening to a CD called The Music of the Gypsies while running errands this week.Inside is a concise glimpse into Gypsy history:The Gypsies -- or Roma-- are the modern descendants of a nomadic people who left the Indian subcontinent about a thousand years ago and gradually made their w...

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What that means is that I am not making a comment on how good I think a book is or recommending it/not recommending it—there are several books on this list I haven’t had a chance to read yet.

Jul 11 2015 | Read Full Review of Vodnik

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