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The Rise and Fall of Ben Gizzard

Story Stats

Rating: 4
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5
Page count: 14



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Story Summary

When Ben Gizzard hoodwinks an old Indian, the Indian prophesizes that Ben Gizzard will die when he sees a white mountain upside down and a black bird speaks to him. Hoping to outwit the prophesy, Ben moves to a desert town with no mountains but the prophesy worries Ben when a young artist and his talking crow move into town.