Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet
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Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet is a fantasy-adventure story about a boy born with a mustache and an ability to talk with animals. Wobar’s adventures begin when he runs away from home after getting in trouble at his new school. Hiding out in a cave, he meets a cougar, Roxie, who becomes his best friend and constant companion.
After a narrow escape from their cave, Wobar and Roxie seek refuge in a haunted house and encounter the ghost of a Revolutionary War soldier who was given—and had stolen from him—a calumet or Native American peace pipe. The pipe has the power to end all wars, and until it is found and returned to the American president, the ghost must remain in limbo.
Wobar and Roxie make a plan and set out on a great quest to find the magic calumet and release the ghost. Traveling by freight train, boat, and cargo plane from to New York to New Orleans, they make clever disguises, travel with a hobo, survive a hotel fire, and encounter a gypsy fortune-teller who helps them with their quest. Wobar’s adventure involves all manner of close calls, including swimming in an underground river, being chased and shot at, and escaping from quicksand and alligators. Throughout it all, Wobar tries to do the right thing–even when it means facing danger, loneliness, or adversity.
Alternately scary and funny, each exciting chapter of the all-American story of Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet ends with a cliff-hanger. Don’t start reading this book unless you have time to read it all!
Henry Homeyer on Vermont Edition
Willa McGough, reader, age nine – “It is one of the best adventure books I have ever read. And I love adventures.”
Sarah Mitchell, bookseller (retired) – “As a child, I ran away on an adventure with Wobar, his mustache, and his cougar friend. Their story, a unique telling of doing good despite the odds, has always stayed with me. Every parent and every child should read it.”
Linda Fuerst, third-grade teacher – “Reading the story of Wobar was one of the high points of the year for my third-grade class. They were spellbound.”
Foreword Review by Julie Eakin – “Who knew that a little boy with a premature mustache could melt your heart? (His ability to talk to animals and indomitable spirit don’t hurt, either.) A fantasy tale or a coming-of-age journey that reads like historical fiction, colored at every turn by the humanity of its author’s Peace Corps volunteer days.”
Anya Eckerle, fourth grade, Morris, Minnesota – “My favorite character was Roxie. Wobar couldn’t have lived without Roxie and Roxie couldn’t have lived without Wobar. It’s not only an adventure for Wobar and Roxie but it’s an adventure for the reader too.”
Valley News By Katie Beth Ryan / Staff Writer – “…And though Wobar and Roxie find themselves in many scary, sometimes life-threatening situations in Wobar and the Quest for the Magic Calumet, the novel remains a hopeful story, perhaps an extension of Homeyer’s own optimistic worldview…”
Brattleboro Reformer By DOMENIC POLI – “The story of Wobar originated both on a Saxtons River playground and in Homeyer’s own subconscious. In the summer of 1966, after completing his sophomore year at Dartmouth College, Homeyer was in desperate need of a seasonal job. He was offered the chance to help run a summer creation program in Saxtons River and happily accepted, living with a co-worker on the Kurn Hattin Homes campus in town.”
- Hardcover: 144 pages, 40 B & W illustrations
- ISBN-13: 978-1-59373-108-3
- Language: English
- Category: Juvenile Fiction/ Fantasy
- Ages: 8- 12
- Dimensions: 5 ½” X 8 ½”
- E-Book/$14.95/ISBN: 978-1-59373-118-2
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Henry Homeyer is a UNH Master Gardener, and the author of three other gardening books who has been writing a weekly gardening column for newspapers in the Northeast for over ten years. He was the New Hampshire/Vermont associate editor for People, Places and Plants magazine for nearly as long. He broadcasts on VPR and teaches a course in Sustainable Gardening at Granite State College.
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ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATOR
JOSHUA YUNGER is a faculty member at the AVA Gallery and Art Center (Alliance for the Visual Art) in Lebanon NH. In his spare time he writes and records songs for his band The Ologists. He lives in South Stafford, VT with his wife Erin and their children George and Casey.
Tags: children, Fantasy, Henry Homeyer, Josh Younger