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Carrozzi, Craig J., The Curse of Chief Tenaya (San Francisco: Southern Trails Publishing, 2002)
Taking place in 1891, this novel tells the story of an aging '49er who is
given the job of hunting the last Grizzly of Hetch Hetchy. John Muir makes
a cameo appearance near the end of the book. A series of flashbacks brings
back the legendary Gold Rush days. Carrozzi dedicates the book "In memory
of the lost Hetch Hetchy Valley.... May it soon rise from its watery grave."
One from the publisher's web site.
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Bartagna, Julie, John Muir Earth-Planet Universe (Edinburgh: Scottish Book Trust, 2014) .ISBN 978-1-901077-27-8 Free. Illustrated by William Goldsmith. A graphic novel of John Muir's life, prepared as an educational teaching resource, with free copies going to every secondary school in Scotland, for use by S1, S2 and S3 pupils. There are also Teaching Support Notes avvailable to accompany the graphic novel, a John Muir Quiz, and other resources for teachers. Through this graphic novel, the Scottish Book Trust hopes to ensure that Muir's legacy is also upheld in Scotland, the land of his birth. The novel combines environmental studies with literacy in an innovative way that hasn't previously been implemented in Scotland, and is supported by accompanying online resources for teachers. As well as literacy, the novel will cover many other aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence, such as citizenship, outdoor learning and health and well being.
Commenting on the use of graphic novels as a way of engaging pupils in learning, Marc Lambert, Director of Scottish Book Trust, said: "The importance of taking care of the planet for future generations is one of the most vital lessons our children can learn. Telling the story of John Muir's life and thoughts through the highly accessible and entertaining form of a graphic novel allows us to reclaim a Scottish hero and helps children to develop a deeper understanding of the key environmental issues he campaigned for, in a creative and enjoyable way."
Pete Rawcliffe, Scottish Natural Heritage's People & Places Unit Manager, said: "The values which John Muir held dear – how much nature gives us and how important it is to protect it – ring as true today as they did in Muir's day. Outdoor learning and play is important in giving our young people the best start in life and supporting their education. This lively, fun book is a terrific tool to get children thinking and talking about nature, and to encourage them to enjoy the great outdoors. The wonderful stories and drawings certainly made me keen to get out and see more of Scotland's nature myself!"
Written by award-winning author Julia Bertagna and illustrated by Glasgow-based artist William Goldsmith, the novel is based on the key moments and life adventures of John Muir and is intended to help children develop a deeper understanding and awareness of the natural environment and the importance of protecting wild places.
Download free PDF from Scottish Book Trust.
Highland, Chris, Jesus and John Muir: A Wilderness Novel (Amazon Kindle/CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2011)
Written by a retired Interfaith chaplain, this novella tells the story of a young radical who climbs a mountain in Judea and meets a strange man from a far away land - none other than John Muir. Their brief adventure in the great classroom and sanctuary of Nature prepares the way for The Storyteller and his revolutionary band of misfit insurgents.
McCarthy, Gary, Yosemite (New York: Kensington Publishing Corp., 1995) Paperback.
An epic story, this 1995 novel tells the story of Yosemite, from 1800 through
1903, primarily through fictional Indians, pioneers, mountain men and portrayals
of the non-fictional John Muir and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Randall, John, Jonathon's Song (Amazon Kindle/CreateSpace Independent Publishing, 2014)
A pass-the-torch historical novel tracking two characters in two different time periods - young Lionel Johnson, who seizes the opportunity to join the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933; and modern-day Kathryn O'Neill, a spoiled college student who runs away from home only to find salvation in the current-day California Conservation Corps. Both experience life-changing young adult angst, and have to learn to work with others who are very different from them; both inspired by the High Sierra wilderness of California. The characters periodically hear "voices" in their heads, which turn out to be communications from long-dead John Muir and Gifford Pinchot, who pass along their conservation ideals to these two young protaganists.
Wilcox, David Matthew, Roosevelt,Muir,Clio and Me: A Novel of Loss and Discovery (Dog Ear Publishing, LLC, 2014)
A historical novel written by a community college history professor, set up as a a quixotic adventure to hunt down a lost journal of President Theodore Roosevelt. Presumably written during his four-day stay with the naturalist and environmental icon John Muir in and around the Yosemite Valley in May of 1903, the journal might actually exist or may be a figment of the wishful imaginings of the protaganist, Professor Dash. He and his 20-year old daughter (who is something of a handful), embark on a cross-country journey in the attempt to track down the presumed missing journal. The author uses the events in the story to create a context in which to write about our twentieth-century history, especially the environmental portion of the Progressive Era. This is done through the use of dialogue, with Winston usually playing the teacher and Clio sometimes willingly, sometimes not, acting as his student. Their road trip together in their old family van, allows much of this historical banter to take place. But there is more involved in the story than that - the two embark on their journey largely estranged from the other because of the death of Winston's wife and Clio's mother, both suffering their loss, but they meet fascinating people along the way in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., New York, and California's John Muir National Historic Site and Yosemite National Park.
Zanita: A Tale of the Yo-Semite
(Berkeley: Ten Speed Press,
Originally published in 1872 by
Hurd & Houghton, New York.
Preface by Kate Reed,
Introduction by Margaret Sanborn.
This novel's chief interest lies in the fact that the author, coming to Yosemite
Valley and living there for a season in the spring of 1870, appropriated the
inhabitants as characters of her tale. The hero of the novel is John Muir himself
- under the name of Kenmuir. Zanita is only a thin disguise for Mr. and Mrs.
J. M. Hutchings' daughter Florence (Floy). Much of the writing is excruciatingly
florid, but the quotes attributed to Muir seem to have actually been things Muir
said or might have said.
Read an Excerpt from University of Virginia.
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