Waterless Mountain by Laura Adams Armer

By Laura Adams Armer

Written within the Thirties via an expert on local American existence and lore, this Newbery Medal winner chronicles a boy's trip towards discovering his vocation as a drugs guy. more youthful Brother's coming-of-age tale and his tutelage through his priestly uncle shape the foundation for a vibrant portrait of Navajo ideals and traditions.

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Bean thought about that. “But I won’t be bad in the end, right? ” “Right,” Ivy said. “You’ll only be bad for a few minutes. Then I’ll reform you, and you’ll be good again. ” yelled Liana from the curb. ” She pointed to the three crows who lived on the telephone pole. ” Ivy called. 64 “We’re pausing for station identification,” Bean yelled. She turned back to Ivy.

Dumb bug,” Bean scowled. Ivy looked at her. “Wait a minute,” she said. ” 60 “Jeez. I hope it’s more fun than being good,” said Bean grumpily. “Way more fun,” Ivy said. “Well? ” asked Bean. ” 61 THE WORST WORD IN THE WORLD “Let me get this straight,” Bean said. ” “Yeah,” said Ivy. “I reform you. ” “I’m not licking your feet,” said Bean. ” “I don’t want you to lick my feet,” Ivy said. ” “Sure. ” Bean thought about that. “But I won’t be bad in the end, right? ” “Right,” Ivy said. “You’ll only be bad for a few minutes.

Bean yelped. “Your heart isn’t so pure. That’s what this ladybug here—” Bean jabbed her finger toward the leaf. ” Bean had jabbed too hard and the ladybug had fallen off the leaf and dropped to the ground. “Sorry, little ladybug,” whispered Bean, hurrying to turn the ladybug right side up. The ladybug scuttled away as fast as it could. Bean thumped down on the grass. “I saved her life. ” “But you knocked her over first,” Ivy said. “Dumb bug,” Bean scowled. Ivy looked at her. “Wait a minute,” she said.

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