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Hidden Shelf Publishing House
Published 2016 in hardcover and paperback, 200 pages
ISBN: 978-1-7354145-5-3

     On a cliff at the roof of the world, a wizardly raven named Roark rescues Buddy, an orphaned mountain goat, from death’s doorstep. She discovers her astonishing power to talk not only with the raven, but with other animals she meets while searching for her mom. Her search soon becomes a journey—her very destiny—to save her mom’s band of goats from a great peril foretold in an ancient legend.

     This story of hope, perseverance, friendships, and finding one’s purpose—with a subtext of climate change’s effects on the alpine environment—will leave a lasting impression on every reader.


    “Now listen carefully to me,” Roark said. “Long ago a great peril descended on our home. It brought hardship to the land, for goats and ravens and other living things. That’s when the Legend of Shining Mountain was born.”

What others are saying about Legend Keepers:

“In a time when heroes are needed more than ever, Bruce Smith has now given us Buddy. Though she is small, Buddy shows us what it means to have a big heart, even in the face of daunting obstacles.”  —Kathi Appelt, author of the Newberry Honor book, The Underneath

“Legend Keepers is a charming animal centric adventure sure to delight readers with a heart for the wilderness.”  —Rosanne Parry, author of the New York Times bestseller A Wolf Called Wander

Awards Received for Legend Keepers

  • The Chosen One is winner of two silver medals in the Feathered Quill Book Awards competition in the Young Readers and in the Animal Stories--Children’s and Young Adult categories.
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Legend Keepers:
The Chosen One

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     Combining his writing talents with a knowledge of animal biology, behavior, and conservation, Bruce’s debut novel immerses middle-grade readers (and older readers too!) in a captivating adventure among the peaks of western North America. The Chosen One is the first book in the Legend Keepers series.
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