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The Enchanted People
Guernica Editions (MiroLand), Fall 2021
103 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771835398
ISBN10: 1771835397
$17.95 Canada, $14.95 US, £10.95 UK

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The Enchanted People is a humanitarian fairytale about a young girl named Wawatay who lives away from her village as an outcast because she is different. All the people in her village have an enchanted power except for her, and so, she is not accepted by them. While living in solitude, Wawatay finds an injured baby sparrow and begins to care for her despite ridicule and discouragement from her people. When Baby Bird grows up and asks Wawatay to teach her to fly, Wawatay embarks on a journey across the Earth to seek help from her animal friends and learn the secret to flying. Along the way, Wawatay discovers a secret about herself -- she has an enchanted power after all. She must decide if she will use it to help save her animal friends and plead with her people to change their habits -- which are destroying Mother Earth --or if she will continue to stay away in fear. Readers may also discover a secret from this book: just like the first Enchanted People to walk the earth, each of us is born with unique gifts. Are you using your powers for good?
Wawatay was born at night, underneath a winter sky draped in colour from the solar winds that circle the earth and enchant the darkness. She was born to a father who could smash boulders and cliff sides with his fists, a mother who could smell berries and roots growing from many hills away, and six older brothers, all of whom were very strong and could lift trees from their roots and carry houses on their backs. Wawatay was named after the enchanted winds she was born under, but as she grew, there was nothing special about her.

Books by Jennifer Pool

The Enchanted People