Robert Feagan is the author of the children's novels Napachee and Mystery at Shildii Rock. He was born in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories, and often accompanied his Royal Canadian Mounted Police father on patrols of the Mackenzie Delta by dog team. Feagan has lived in Yellowknife, Cambridge Bay, and Inuvik, but currently resides in St. Albert, Alberta, near Edmonton.
Mystery at Shildii Rock
Short-listed for the 2009 Golden Eagle Book Award
To the Gwichâ€™in First Nation, Shildii Rock near Fort McPherson in the Northwest Territories is a place of deep mythological significance.When 12-year-old Robin Harris, the son of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, spots someone on the rock staring at him, he just knows something is wrong. Robin and his friend Wayne Reindeer, a Gwichin youth, set out to discover whatâ€™s going on and to gain the respect of their fathers.
But Robin is notorious for his overactive imagination and has a hard time getting anyone to believe him. To make matters worse, thereâ€™s a crazy Dutch trapper with an ugly disposition and murder in his eyes. And whenever possible a new boy in town throws wrenches into Robinâ€™s plans. When murder comes their way, Robin and Wayne realize its too late to turn back. Will the boys unlock the secrets of Shildii Rock in time? Or will they, too, fall victim to a killer?
This is a very positive little book. Almost everyone who needs to learn something manages to do it.
I really liked this book because it was charming, and not too long. The writing, the story line and the characters were all of good quality.
I would recommend Shildii Rock if you are looking for a short book that is well-written and entertaining.
As a truly Canadian story of historic life in the outposts of Northwest Territories, Mystery at Shildii Rock is an interesting addition to Canadian children's literature.