Shadow Falls


In her grandfather's bright Wyoming valley surrounded by the mighty Tetons, 15-year-old Annie McGraw wanders a forest of shadows. She and her older brother, Cody, always spent the summers here—Cody scaling the cliff walls with Grandpa, Annie tracking Yellowstone moose with her camera. But after the phone call, the valley, like the rest of Annie's world, feels drained of color.

Annie wishes the summer could pass like a night of dreamless sleep—until a grizzly bear finds her on the riverbank. The bear spares her life, but it has a message for her. Suddenly Annie isn't sure how she feels about anything. Like signs in a dark forest, strangers emerge along her path—a handsome guy with a dangerous smile, a little boy wise beyond his years, the man in the Teepee Tree. Even Grandpa, always so solid and distant, seems to hold secrets behind his icy blue eyes. Struggling under the weight of her grief, Annie begins to follow the signs, and to hear the grizzly's message.

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Delacorte Books Hardcover, June 2005, ISBN: 978-0385731324


"Ryan describes the wilderness surrounding Jackson in loving detail, grounding this rich and rewarding narrative in a spectacular place."
   —Kirkus Reviews

*Starred Review: "A varied cast of memorable characters... reinforces the themes of grief, love, loss, and healing. Exceptional book."

"[A] moving story of loss and redemption by first-time author Amy Kathleen Ryan."
   —Midwest Book Review Bookwatch

"The characters are believable and honest, and the challenges they face... will keep readers engaged. Recommended."
   —Library Media Connection

"The novel successfully melds... into a vigorous story of grief and restoration."
   —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books