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Gary Paulsen s early works differ somewhat from what he produced after his three Newbery Honor books, Dogsong 1986 , Hatchet 1988 , and The Winter Room 1990 There s an element of pagan spiritualism to many of Gary Paulsen s teen and middle grade novels, but it wasobvious in his earlier books The Night the White Deer Died, Tracker, and even Dancing Carl to some extent showed this belief in a Mother Earth watching over us from afar, a deity malleable to whatever traits we desire in ou Gary Paulsen s early works differ somewhat from what he produced after his three Newbery Honor books, Dogsong 1986 , Hatchet 1988 , and The Winter Room 1990 There s an element of pagan spiritualism to many of Gary Paulsen s teen and middle grade novels, but it wasobvious in his earlier books The Night the White Deer Died, Tracker, and even Dancing Carl to some extent showed this belief in a Mother Earth watching over us from afar, a deity malleable to whatever traits we desire in our God Animals and people who live primitively either by choice or necessity are closest to understanding our link to this God, and that s the starting point for comprehending The Night the White Deer Died Having moved to an arts colony in New Mexico with her mother shortly after her parents divorce, fifteen year old Janet Carson begins dreaming about a young Indian brave stalking a deer in the picturesque New Mexico wilderness Her recurring dreams ends the same way every time, with the Indian creeping close enough to let fly an arrow toward the heart of its prey, but Janet never sees what happens next Always she awakens before the arrow strikes true or misses its target, her own heart pounding for reasons beyond any natural ken What is this vision trying to tell Janet, and what can she do to prepare herself to follow its lead once the dream s mandate becomes evident A veritable outcast among the predominantly Native American population at school, and ignored for large periods of time by her mother, who s trying to forge her own reputation as a notable sculptor, Janet waits for an incontrovertible sign that her dream isthan a meaningless repeating scene in her head But when that sign comes, she almost doesn t recognize it One day in town, Janet meets a middle aged Native American named Billy Honcho Billy s a wino whose first plea to Janet is for a dollar to purchase alcohol, but the fifty three year old catches some hidden corner of Janet s fancy, and she can t get him out of her mind She sees Billy several times over the proceeding weeks he s usually drunk, but Janet gently attempts to pry him from the clutches of his vice, growing so bold as to lead him staggering back to her house and prepare coffee and breakfast to restore his sobriety Janet s mother disapproves of her daughter s hungover friend but doesn t push the issue, just warns her to be wary of Billy Janet isn t sure why she s taken on the task of straightening Billy out until the words escape her lips in conversation with the Indian before she can quiet them she loves him, and not like a kid sister idolizes her rebel older brother Janet s reckless confession ushers in a new stage of her relationship with Billy, who acknowledges her feelings by showing that he s capable of cleaning himself up and presenting an imageappealing than a middle aged vagrant who can t handle his liquor He s as striking and handsome as any man his age when he s sober, but it s the midnight ride on Billy s alabaster steed that finally puts him and Janet in a safe place to express their mutual feelings and decide what they mean, what it could conceivably lead to for a man his age to be in love with a teenage girl in 1970s America Once upon a time, the matter would be simple enough Billy would perform the traditional Indian wedding rite with her and they d be joined for life in pagan matrimony, unaffected by the overwrought legalities that have crept into marriage over the centuries As the virile Indian brave Billy would have been in another era, taking Janet to be his wife would be natural, even expected, but the standards of yesteryear aren t the same as today, where strict social protocol has hedged mankind into narrow definitions of what is acceptable In contemporary society there is no romantic future for an alcoholic Indian and a girl nearly forty years his junior, and this chasm separates them forever from what they want most There isn t always justice in the modern order, Janet discovers Living in an era hostile to the needs of your heart can make you wish you d never lived at all The Night the White Deer Died is written with unabating respect for the diversity of American cultures The story s wisdom flows not from the author s understanding of the way the world works, but from his awareness of how little he or any human knows about the mysteries of existence When wise words do grace the text, it s a natural trickle of experiential observation, issued with no sense of superiority to Janet or her youthful reckoning of the world It is unadorned truth to say all things beautiful are sometimes ugly and that many ugly things are just waiting for beauty to come to them That is, in effect, a synopsis of The Night the White Deer Died stripped of events and character names, for what is Billy in his squalid dependency on fermented drink but ugliness personified, awaiting the innocent approach of young beauty before proving himself worthy, an old, down on his luck Indian who could have aspired to so much , and perhaps could still expand to fill that promise Has his time truly come and gone without remedy Things change suddenly and unpredictably, but nothing can ever be good forever and nothing can ever be bad forever , as Janet learns both to her dismay and hope Desire can t always overcome circumstance, but the love we treasure is ours as long as we refuse to relinquish it It can be the purest, truest part of us even if forces beyond our control make it impossible for our feelings to ever reach their potential But that doesn t mean it wasn t love in its best, most noble form I m giving The Night the White Deer Died two and a half stars, and while I ve readcomplete, meaningful Gary Paulsen novels, this one hit my heart uniquely Its treatment of love is organic and uncontrived, validating our yearnings that don t conform to the precepts of mainstream society, while offering hope that those yearnings are just as legitimate as anyone else s That message resonates coming from Gary Paulsen, who never hesitates to deliver straight talk on how things really are If you like the author s other books from the 1970s and 80s then you ll probably get a lot out of The Night the White Deer Died, which is as valuable for young readers today as when it first saw release in 1978 I hope Gary Paulsen fans stumble onto this obscure favorite and enjoy it for years to come [[ E-pub ]] ✓ The Night the White Deer Died ⇱ An Indian brave stands poised to shoot a white deer drinking from a pool of water in the moonlight It is only a dream a recurring nightmare that hauntsyear old Janet Carson but it is a dream that will change her life foreverJanet, one of the few Anglo teens in the New Mexico art colony where she lives with her mother, feels isolated and alone For some reason, she is drawn to Billy Honcho, an old, alcoholic Indian who begs for money from her As they get to know each other, the meaning of Janet s nightmare grows clear, and Billy becomes the brave in her dream Not one of my favorites by Gary Paulsen, but still a good read It was written in a very poetic style that kept me drawn in The book isof a novella and didn t pick up till midway through but I still enjoyed it. I m not really sure I fully understand the book As always I love reading the words Gary Paulsen puts on the pages and the images and feelings the words evoke, but this time I m just not sure I got the message Still, I m glad I read it I liked Billy Honcho, and I liked Janet and her mother I at first felt sorry for Billy, but by the end of the story, I admired him I don t think I d recommend it to my 8th graders to read I found myself wondering if it wasn t really an adult story rather th I m not really sure I fully understand the book As always I love reading the words Gary Paulsen puts on the pages and the images and feelings the words evoke, but this time I m just not sure I got the message Still, I m glad I read it I liked Billy Honcho, and I liked Janet and her mother I at first felt sorry for Billy, but by the end of the story, I admired him I don t think I d recommend it to my 8th graders to read I found myself wondering if it wasn t really an adult story rather than young adult but to people who are interested in Native American culture, I might recommend it A lyrical vignette about the love between an aging alcoholic Native American and the teenage girl who befriends him The tone is respectful and evocative of a lifestyle lost and how one s persons caring can affect another The main characters are well drawn and I particularly like the relationship between Janet and her mother. The story has a transcendent quality. The Night the White Deer Died is a book about 15 year old Janet After her mother s divorce Janet and her mother move to an Indian reservation in New Mexico It is when she moves she begins to have a strange dream, a pale white deer in the middle of a clearing next to a pond This deer puts Janet in a trance, the deer is beautiful It is while she is standing there the deer is shot by an unknown man and every time she tries to look at the man the dream ends Janet has not transitioned well to th The Night the White Deer Died is a book about 15 year old Janet After her mother s divorce Janet and her mother move to an Indian reservation in New Mexico It is when she moves she begins to have a strange dream, a pale white deer in the middle of a clearing next to a pond This deer puts Janet in a trance, the deer is beautiful It is while she is standing there the deer is shot by an unknown man and every time she tries to look at the man the dream ends Janet has not transitioned well to the new environment, she is an attractive girl and very shy She has always been a loner and accepted that One fateful day she meets Billy Billy is an old Indian who is a drunk, when he runs into Janet he asks if she has a dollar she can give him for wine Janet is overcome with a feeling she has never felt, she agrees to give him the dollar but wonders why she felt that way One day she came to the revelation that the hunter in her dream is billy.I enjoyed this book because it diverts from what you think is going to happen You never know how it is going to turn out and the suspense is well done It addswhen you think it is done For example, it turns out that Billy was the town s old mayor When Janet learns this she asks questions about the past of the town I would recommend this book to a friend because the book tells an interesting story and holds your attention and is hard to put down As you can see this a fantastic book and I encourage you to read it There was this guy named Zach and Zach had life really good It was summertime and his mother and father were away on a business trip so he had the house all to himself for the whole summer Zach worked at the public swimming pool as a lifeguard as a part time job Zach would party all night with his friends and then he would go to work in the morning and Zach thought he could do no wrong until it did Zach had stayed up all night partying so he was tired for the next day at work he thought bein There was this guy named Zach and Zach had life really good It was summertime and his mother and father were away on a business trip so he had the house all to himself for the whole summer Zach worked at the public swimming pool as a lifeguard as a part time job Zach would party all night with his friends and then he would go to work in the morning and Zach thought he could do no wrong until it did Zach had stayed up all night partying so he was tired for the next day at work he thought being a lifeguard was only ninety percent looking the part and just sitting there and relaxing the rest On that day Zach fell asleep while on duty and that s when his life would change forever There was a woman that drowned who was trying to swim laps and her husband sought revenge on Zach so he took him to court about it and the judge brought to conclusion that she couldn t have been saved even if Zach was awake at the time of the drowning After the trial the woman s husband wanted to kill Zach so he went to his house one day while Zach was out walking with his girlfriend and the husband came and jumped them and threw them into the car Then he drove to a cliff and put the car in drive and got out and Zach and his girlfriend both died by going off the cliff The Night the White Deer Died by Gary Paulsen is about love and sadness The main character, Janet Carson, is alone, sensitive and confused The book takes place in Mexico I like this book because it shows that age doesn t matter when you love someone Janet, fifteen years old, feelsthan just love for Billy Honcho, a old, alcoholic Indian and Billy feels the same In Janet s dream there were a Indian man, the river, the moonlight and the deer After she met Billy , the meaning of her nigh The Night the White Deer Died by Gary Paulsen is about love and sadness The main character, Janet Carson, is alone, sensitive and confused The book takes place in Mexico I like this book because it shows that age doesn t matter when you love someone Janet, fifteen years old, feelsthan just love for Billy Honcho, a old, alcoholic Indian and Billy feels the same In Janet s dream there were a Indian man, the river, the moonlight and the deer After she met Billy , the meaning of her nightmare was clear She loved him because he was the Indian in the dream She was awed by the strength of him It wasthan love she thought There was awe in it, richness, quietness, softness and power I would give this book one star if I didn t love Gary Paulsen and therefore understand what he was trying to do with this novel I read his books for his themes on human relations to the natural worlds and learning to understand wildlife, and although this book did not meet these desires for me necessarily, when I finally read through the epilogue I understood his intentions and how everything relates back to The Dream, that is not only the first thing mentioned in the story but is also the hi I would give this book one star if I didn t love Gary Paulsen and therefore understand what he was trying to do with this novel I read his books for his themes on human relations to the natural worlds and learning to understand wildlife, and although this book did not meet these desires for me necessarily, when I finally read through the epilogue I understood his intentions and how everything relates back to The Dream, that is not only the first thing mentioned in the story but is also the highlighted theme throughout