Heartdrum Healer of the Water Monster
Heartdrum Healer of the Water Monster

Healer of the Water Monster

By Brian Young

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Publication Date: May 11, 2021

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Ages 8 to 12, Grades 3 to 7

Brian Young’s debut novel, inspired by Navajo beliefs, features a seemingly ordinary boy who must save the life of a Water Monster—and help his uncle suffering from addiction—by discovering his own bravery and boundless love. An outstanding debut from a promising young Navajo author.

When Nathan goes to visit his grandma, Nali, at her mobile summer home on the Navajo reservation, he knows he’s in for a pretty uneventful summer. Still, he loves spending time with Nali, and with his uncle Jet—though it’s clear when Jet arrives that he brings his problems with him.

One night, while lost in the nearby desert, Nathan finds something extraordinary. A Holy Being from the Navajo Creation Story—a Water Monster—in need of help.Now Nathan must summon all his courage to save his new friend. With the help of other Navajo Holy Beings, Nathan is determined to save the Water Monster, and to help Uncle Jet heal from his own pain.

About the Author

Author and filmmaker Brian Young is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He grew up on the Navajo reservation in Arizona. Brian earned his BA in Film Studies at Yale University and his MFA in Creative Writing at Columbia University. Brian currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Cover artist:

Shonto Begay was born and raised in the Navajo nation community of Shonto, Arizona. He was part of the stolen generation that was forced into government boarding schools. He went on to attend the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, NM, and earned his BA from the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. He practices his art through the lens he was born with, to document his joys, angsts, and tragedies; he believes that art saves lives. You can find him online at shontogallery.com.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 368 pages

Publisher: Heartdrum

Publication Date: May 11, 2021

ISBN: 9780062990402

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