The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest - AVAILABLE NOW!

The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest is now available for purchase! Jennifer Frick-Ruppert has brought the historical context of the North Carolina's to life in this book that teaches about nature, biology, and history. This is an important book for readers young and old. What's left of the Algonquin culture and history is being preserved by the Chowanoke Indian Nation in North Carolina, who are currently seeking federal recognition. Be sure to check out their website to learn more about who they are!




Skyco, an Algonquin boy, is heir to the great chief Menatonon, but he has much to learn before he can take his place within the tribe. He studies with the shaman Roncommock, who teaches him how to enter the spirit world and communicate with spirits and other animals, while he also learns practical skills of hunting, fishing, and starting a fire from other men in his village. But learning to throw a spear with an atlatl and shoot arrows with a bow are just precursors to the ultimate test, the husquenaugh, when he is challenged to use his hard-earned skills to survive the harrowing life-or-death ritual.




Praise for The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest!


“I am a descendant of a fairly well-known Chowanoke or Chowanooke family and have written about them. I grew up near the Chowan River and have fished, canoed and hunted in and around its waters. Before The Legend of Skyco, the only book that best illuminated the world of Carolina Algonkians was Dr. Micheal Leroy Oberg’s The Head in Edward Nugent’s Hand. I am grateful for Oberg’s book that tells of that world’s destruction from the view of the Chowanoke and related groups. My thankfulness extends to Frick-Ruppert’s The Legend of Skyco for giving great value to Chowanoke life before the coming of the English.”

-Martin T. Jones, the founder of the Chowan Discovery Group


"The Legend of Skyco is an important book for our mainstream urban-industrial culture that in general has little knowledge of the natural world and essentially no initiation rites, ceremonies, nor celebrations for young men or women coming of age. Nothing that deliberately defines those transitions from one stage of life to another. But this book is just as entertaining as it is informative. In essence, it’s a great ride in a literary time machine that takes us back to what some might say was “a better time.” When things were just as God or The Great Spirit made them and when we humans were more at home and at one with it all. Lucky are we to be travelers on this great ride with Jennifer Frick-Ruppert and the historical characters she has brought back to life through her fiction."

-Thomas Crowe is a regular writer for the Smoky Mountain News. He was Director for the Project to Identify and Protect Native American Sacred Sites in the Southern Appalachians (PIPNASS) during the 1980s and 1990s. The project’s archives are now housed in the Special Collections Library at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. He can be reached at


"Yay for more indigenous voices in YA literature! ...Heavily researched, imagine my surprise when I completed the book and discovered that Skyco was a real person. It certainly adds an extra dimension to the story. The author's note was quite fascinating and is accompanied with an appendix of Algonquin vocabulary. Due to the latter, I would suggest that readers find a bound copy rather than an ebook so that you can flip back and forth. "Spirit Quest" transported me to the right time and place and rang true about Native American life before interactions with the Europeans. The story affirms the customs and teachings of the people with a great deal of respect and the illustrations created by Lorna Murphy are carefully placed within the text."

-Erin (Goodreads)


"Jennifer Frick-Rupert's novel is very informative and at times, it's even instructional. I enjoyed learning about Native American, or more specifically, Algonquin history and culture. You can tell that a lot of research was put into this book, and it was put together pretty well for how little information there is of these Native Americans of this time period."

-Courtney (Goodreads)


"I learned a great deal of information from this book. The author has done a great job of portraying Native Indian culture with detailed and accurate usage of terms from the Algonquin language, for example. However, I think it's easier to read it as a historical book than a novel."

-Nandini (Goodreads)



For more read our exclusive excerpt from The Legend of Skyco: Spirit Quest, check out our interview with Jennifer Frick-Ruppert on the inspiration and environmental history behind the book and read her guest blog about getting into the mindset of an ant!

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