Winner of the Ruth Schwartz Award for Illustration,
Nominated for the Shining Willow Award,
Late one afternoon a young Native boy goes exploring over the
hills and through the forests beyond his home. At his side, he
carries a walking stick and a pouch in which to place interesting
objects he finds along the way. But as his pouch fills with
treasure and he travels farther from home, the boy begins to hear
something strange-a clinking, clicking, rustling sound that seems
to be following right along behind him.
Now the boy has a stick, so he can chase away a wild dog or a
fox. But what if the sound is a panther...or even a bear? The boy
walks faster and faster. The sound gets louder and louder.
Terrified, the boy realizes what must be making the terrible
sound-the Night Walker! The Night Walker has long, sharp claws and
carries a sack to trap all the foolish boys who wander alone at
night. Has the dreaded creature come to snatch the boy away? Or
could it be something else that has been following him all along? A
powerful story with a satisfying ending that will elicit great
sighs of relief.
Author Richard Thompson weaves a tale of mystery and suspense
with characteristically skillful, rhythmic prose. Martin
Springett''s sweeping, stylized artwork captures the sense of
danger without taking its young audience too far. This is another
fine collaboration from the author and illustrator of the
best-selling title, The Follower.