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The World Before This One

The World Before This One

by Rafe Martin Illustrated by Calvin Nichols
The author of THE ROUGH-FACE GIRL creates a magical coming-of-age novel built from thousands of years of Seneca legend. Now in paperback!

Crow is a Seneca boy, coming of age in a time of war, in a time before stories. Cast out of the Seneca tribe, Crow and his grandmother struggle merely to find enough food to make it through the harsh winter. Then Crow finds a boulder in the woods that startles him by speaking. The Storytelling Stone tells Crow the great legends of the Seneca--tales of the Long Ago Time, when the Sky Women trod the Above World and a child could alter the ways of a people. Crow comes to realize his own power to effect change and his destiny as a Seneca man. But can the Stone be trusted?
9, 10, 11, 12
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 7
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Fables

About the Author and Illustrator

Contributor Image Alt Tag Rafe Martin Children's author and storyteller Rafe Martin's works include Will's Mammoth and The Boy Who Loved Mammoths. He was inspired by the stories his parents and grandparents told him when he was a child.
Calvin Nichols

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