Hill, The

Author: Bass, Karen
Pub. Date: 2016
Pages: 256
List Price: 14.95
Suggested Grades: 7 to 12
FICTION – (Included in the Secondary and Middle Extra Packages – paperback)

“Jared’s plane has crashed in the Alberta wilderness, and Kyle is first on the scene. When Jared insists on hiking up the highest hill in search of cell phone reception, Kyle hesitates; his Cree grandmother has always forbidden him to go near it. There’s no stopping Jared, though, so Kyle reluctantly follows. After a night spent on the hilltop-with no cell service-the teens discover something odd: the plane has disappeared. Nothing in the forest surrounding them seems right. In fact, things seem very wrong. And worst of all, something is hunting them.

Karen Bass, the multi-award-winning author of Graffiti Knight and Uncertain Soldier, brings her signature action packed style to a chilling new subject: the Cree Wîhtiko legend. Inspired by the real story of a remote plane crash and by the legends of her Cree friends and neighbours, Karen brings eerie life to the northern Alberta landscape in The Hill.”

Review by Dory Cerny. Quill and Quire, March, 2016 “Karen Bass draws on the Cree legend of the Wîhtiko for her latest YA novel, which blends adventure, horror, and some good old-fashioned coming-of-age wisdom….Bass does an excellent job bringing together the elements of her novel, successfully weaving the supernatural threat into what would be a challenging situation for the boys even without it. Their climb up the hill releases the Wîhtiko from its lair and traps them in a parallel dimension where monsters and figures from legend are real, and the boys’ world – including the crashed plane and Kyle’s family – is rendered inaccessible by a strange fog that allows them to see, but not cross over.”