Born of an Eclipse
On that ill-omened day at high noon, the moon slid in front of the sun and darkened the world. In a small log house, Grammy beat her chest, pleading to the Sun God to return.
But the world remained dark.
At the moment of deepest gloom, a cry pierced the darkness.
Ahni was born!
"Born bad!" cursed Pap. "Best we leave her for the wolves."
Mam and Grammy refuse to give up the baby girl.
Ahni shows no sign of being cursed until the horse Pap depends for his work dies. Distraught that he cannot feed his family, he turns to drink and brings Mam and Ahni to work at an isolated logging camp deep in a northern forest.
Even though scrubbing and cleaning the cook shack is hard, Ahni becomes a favorite among some of the loggers. Unfortunately, it isn't long before several misfortunes befall the camp. After a team of horses drowns, loggers are afraid what will happen next if Ahni-cursed by an eclipse-stays in the camp. She is forsaken by those she trusted, even her mother. Her lone journey to find home leads to an unexpected encounter.
Born of an Eclipse blends the folktales of loggers and their dark superstitions-which victimize Ahni. Despite her unfair circumstances and the harsh conditions of the logging camp, Ahni remains plucky and endearing. Determined to find her place in the world, she will surely find her place in your heart. Linda Glaser (Author of over 30 books)
An imaginative tale.... Johnson's musical prose captures the folktale quality of [Born of an Eclipse]. Kirkus Review