Paris is on a trek in the Himalayas with her uncle and her uncle's friends. On the way they come across a young Tibetan monk, Tahr, who reluctantly joins their party as his protector has died in an accident. As the trek progresses, Paris realizes the true reason for the journey - her uncle and his friends are a strange, gourmet dining club, dedicated to hunting down and eating the rarest possible animals. So when they discover a young yeti-like creature, who is very nearly human herself, Tahr convinces Paris that they have a duty to protect her, come what may. Philip Gross is a well-known poet for both adults and children, and has been shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 138 x 216 x 26mm | 381.02g
- 11 Sep 2003
- Oxford University Press
- Oxford, United Kingdom
Two young people from different cultures find themselves living on the edge when they struggle to protect an endangered life. Worldly Paris, 14, is excited when her uncle Franklin invites her on a Himalayan hunting expedition. She admires Franklin, who tells her "they are members of the same species," but is disillusioned to find he's illegally hunting endangered animals. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Tahr and Shengo, the Buddhist monk who raised him, embark on a journey from their mountain hut, but Shengo dies en route. Lost and alone, Tahr stumbles into Franklin's camp where Paris befriends him. When Franklin learns Tahr has seen a prehistoric yeti-type creature in the forest, he becomes obsessed with capturing it. Tahr and Paris unite to save the young yeti, and hunters and warring rebels pursue the three unlikely companions. This fast-paced adventure raises troubling moral and ecological issues, as Paris realizes the importance of kindness, compassion and friendship in a world racked by greed, cruelty and violence. Provocative and edgy. (Fiction. 12-15) (Kirkus Reviews)
"In this intelligent, haunting adventure, Gross brings alive a nonspecific Asian landscape wracked by Western incursion...thoroughly imagined."