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The Limping Man
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Gr 6 Up-The Limping Man rules by bending people's minds so that they adore him. He fears anyone else who may have similar powers, burning women at the stake and drowning men whom he suspects. Hana flees the city, and her mother takes poison for a swift death. Hana doesn't travel far before she meets Danatok, one of the nonhuman Dwellers, who teaches her how to survive in the wilderness. In return, she bears a message to others of the Limping Man's plan to use his army to clear the countryside of everyone, whether human or Dweller, who is not already in his thrall. Lo and his son Ben as well as the twins Blossom and Hubert gather to fight the evil man. Blossom and Hubert have powerful mental powers while Lo and Ben have other skills learned from the Dwellers. Hana herself has a special bond with a hawk so that they can see out of one another's eyes. This series conclusion shares characters and history with Salt (2009) and Gool (2010, both Orca), but stands well on its own. As in earlier volumes, Gee deftly creates heroes, villains, and his unnamed world with spare brush strokes. In particular, he offers a humble heroine to whom readers may easily relate. This book should please fans of the earlier books as well as readers who enjoy characters who succeed by virtue of their heads and hearts.-Eric Norton, McMillan Memorial Library, Wisconsin Rapids, WI (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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