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Cheryl Lewis

Cheryl Lewis grew up in Toronto and Brockville, Ontario, and spent summers in Algonquin Park. She has a B.A. in English Literature from Queen’s University and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She spent many years as a corporate lawyer on Toronto’s Bay Street, where she sometimes watched peregrine falcons and American kestrels from her window and compared lawyers and shamans. After leaving the practice of law, she decided to face her own fears and write a novel. She lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children, two dogs, two rabbits, and the occasional mischievous spirit that wreaks havoc on their lives. Vision of the Owl is her first book.

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Vision of the Owl

Fourteen-year-old Jack-Jonathon visits his reclusive grandfather at his cabin near Algonquin Park and discovers that the shaman game they’ve played since he was a kid has been the real thing: his grandfather has been trying to make him a shaman! Off-put by his grandfather’s persistent instruction, Jack-Jonathon rejects shamanism outright. He thinks that’s the end of it, but after a visit from a mysterious owl, animals start to come to him for help. It’s only after meeting Kira and Melissa, the enigmatic sisters whose guardian runs the local animal sanctuary, that he suspects things may be out his control. Jack-Jonathon’s mother thinks he’s going crazy, and his grandfather is shaken by the prospect that he really did make the boy a shaman.

As Jack-Jonathon listens to the voices of nature, he is transformed by his new awareness. He saves Kira and Melissa from a menacing bobcat, and he begins to understand the significance of that mysterious owl. It is all wondrous and strange, but when he lands in trouble with the law and starts seeing dragons, Jack-Jonathon worries that things might have gone too far. Is he just going crazy? If he really is becoming a shaman, does he have the power to return to “normal" teenaged life? And when shamanism becomes a matter of life and death, will his grandfather believe in him?

Manuscript available
Rights: World