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  • Title: Guests
  • Author: Michael Dorris
  • ISBN: 9780786813568
  • Page: 350
  • Format: Paperback
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    About " Michael Dorris "

  • Michael Dorris

    Michael Dorris was a novelist, short story writer, nonfiction writer, and author of books for childrenThe first member of his family to attend college, Dorris graduated from Georgetown with honors in English and received his graduate degree in anthropology from Yale Dorris worked as a professor of English and anthropology at Dartmouth College Dorris was part Native American through the lineage of his paternal He founded the Native American Studies department at Dartmouth in 1972 and chaired it until 1985 In 1971, Dorris became the first unmarried man in the United States to adopt a child His adopted son, Reynold Abel, was diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome and his condition became the subject of Dorris The Broken Cord, the pseudonym Adam is used for his son in the book In 1981, Dorris married aspiring writer Louise Erdrich Throughout their relationship, Erdrich and Dorris edited and contributed to each other s writing.In 1991, Dorris adopted son, Reynold Abel, died after being hit by a car In 1996, Louise Erdrich separated from Dorris On April 10, 1997, Dorris committed suicide in Concord, New Hampshire.

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  • Coming of Age in a Clash of Cultures Moss is an immature Native American youth in an unspecified tribe still in that awkward stage between childhood and warrior status the conflicted youth longs to embark on his own Away time i.e Vision quest, a rite of passage This particular day he resents his family s indeed, the entire village s obligation to entertain guests, whose white skin and odd clothing, language and customs are completely alien to all he has experienced and respects.Gradually Moss fi [...]


  • Always a good one to read and recommend this time of year, since there are not very many chapter books like itThe first Thanksgiving from the Native American point of view, this story draws the reader deeply into the life of Moss and his family, who are preparing for their yearly harvest feast This year, strangers are coming to share the meal, and Moss is confused and unhappy with his father for inviting them As he hovers on the brink of adolescence Moss makes some discoveries about himself and [...]


  • In a coming of age story that chronicles a taboo encounter between a young adolescent boy and girl, Dorris recreates a time before the first Thanksgiving It has adventure, young love attraction, and shows that kids defy authority and get in trouble as part of their development throughout the ages In the three books he wrote for children, he recreates what Native life was on its own and not in relationship to the European invaders The books are hauntingly beautiful in their simplicity and ability [...]


  • This ALA Notable gives the story of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims from the perspective of a Native American boy who s not very happy with having to put up with these guests who lack the basic decency to bring their own empty bowls.But that s not even really the heart of the story That s just an example of how the author has deeply absorbed and communicated the culture in which young Moss inadvertently triggers his Away Time, and meets, not only his animal mentor, but a young woman of [...]


  • This is a very sweet story of a young Native American boy who, upset about the strange guests coming to the annual feast, runs into the forest and, literally and metaphorically, finds himself lost With a little help from a friend and a porcupine spirit guide, he finds his way back to the village and finds himself closer to knowing his true self The plot of this book is simple, but it is elevated by the writing which I found to be subtle, spiritual, and poetic.


  • A young Native American boy doesn t want the Guests colonists settlers to mess up his favorite feast day, and he s tired of everyone telling him he ll understand things when he s older So Moss decides to leave, then meets Trouble and a porcupine He learns what it means to be a man but also that maybe being self centered doesn t always work either This would be good for upper elementary or a maybe a little younger Wonderfully simple yet thought provoking story.


  • You are who you are, and no one but you can tell you the truth about that This book about the first Thanksgiving is one of my favorites Moss is amusing, yet real Trouble, the girl he befriends, is fun to read about It s an interesting book no matter what And I ve never forgot the one line above.


  • I ll be using this for our Thanksgiving book club Moss is not happy that his family s annual feast is going to be ruined by the intrusion of invited guests Pilgrims He s also anxious to have his time away to signal coming of age, struggling with how to be a good and unselfish son, and helping a friend with her family struggles Very well written and easy to relate to his feelings.


  • I liked the simplicity of the characters I related to their questioning of roles in their families and their society even though I am adult Or maybe that is why I related to it It is a different viewpoint on the First Thanksgiving The discomfort felt by both the natives and the whites is probably closer to the truth than the kumbaya version in most books for children.


  • This book is about a young boy named Moss who wanders out into the woods because he is upset about some unwelcome guests coming to his tribe s special dinner After speaking with a porcupine, the boy s life turns around and he eventually heads back home, a new man, to be with his family This book has a terrible ending to a great story line, which was a little disappointing.


  • I just love this book, because it s about when an indian boy finds out that his father invited some guests to thier huge feast , becuase they re hungry too So he goes on his away time at the wrong time comes back the same day And he saves this girl he likes from doing a horrible mistake.


  • Guests can be used to further the study and learning of Native Americans While this isn t a historical, non fiction story, the background information is real living styles, emotions felt by both parties, etc.


  • Books and stories about Native Americans especially children are my weakness So I really liked this one The story of two children finding their roles in their tribe difficult By finding each other, they get a shared glimpse of a part of growing up.


  • This is a good story about Moss being being upset with his father bring outsiders into their village This is a good book for teachers to use in 4th grade and up It is a good chapter book for students to read and learn a lesson from the story.


  • This is a good transitional chapter book It represents finding who you are as a person It allows you to see how sometimes you need to look at situations from another prospective I believe children would be able to benefit and relate to the main character, Moss, because he is also a child.



  • Gives a nice lesson in having your less than pleasant qualities being revealed to you and making a change in attitude Easy read, but not overly interesting to me.


  • Guests written by Michael Dorris and published in 1994 by Disney Hyperion A middle grade novel focusing on a Native American boy too much thinking and not enough action.



  • Coming of age story from the point of view of a native American who cannot understand why his family must show hospitality by inviting strange white men to their annual harvest feast.


  • Told of the history of Thanksgiving through a young native American boy s life Great to use in the classroom during November.


  • It was an interesting book because of the Native American point of view, but not necessarily one that most children would enjoy.


  • AR Quiz No 11467 EN FictionAccelerated Reader Quiz Information IL MG BL 5.2 AR Pts 3.0Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types RP, VP




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