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Legend Keepers – The Chosen One

By award-winning science writer and wildlife biologist, Bruce Smith.

Legend Keepers: The Chosen One has been awarded Silver/2nd place award in the2022 Feathered Quill Book Awards Program for both Young Readers and Animal-Children’s/YA categories. Congratulations, Bruce Smith!

Category: Juvenile Fiction, Science & Nature


“In a time in which 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, NYT bestselling author of Newbery Honor and National Book Finalist, The Underneath

Legend Keepers is a charming animal centric adventure sure to delight readers with a heart for the wilderness.”
––Rosanne Parry, 
NYT bestselling author of A Wulf Called Wander

A debut middle grade novel by wildlife biologist and award-winning science writer, Bruce L. Smith In a perilous place at the roof of the world, an orphaned mountain goat is rescued from certain death by a mysterious raven. Communication between a mountain goat and raven might seem strange. But what becomes more unreachable is Buddy’s realization that she alone can save a band of goats from the great danger foretold in an ancient legend. This brilliant tale with a clever mix of discovery will spark the intellectual curiosity of every reader.


Publication Date: 8/30/22

Names: Smith, Bruce L., author

Title: Legend Keepers: the partnership / Bruce Smith. 

Series: Legend Keepers

Description: McCall, ID: Hidden Shelf Publishing House, 2022. 


LCCN: 2022909679 | 978-1-955893-08-4 (hardcover)

978-1-955893-07-7 (paperback)

978-1-955893-09-1 (Kindle)

978-1-955893-10-7 (ebook)


Subjects: LCSH Mountain goats–Juvenile fiction. 

Climactic changes–Juvenile fiction. 

Glaciers–Juvenile fiction. 

Friendship–Juvenile fiction. 

Human-animal relationships–Juvenile fiction. 

Montana–Juvenile fiction. 


JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Environment

Classification: LCC PZ7.1 .S65 Le 2022 | DDC [Fic] — dc23

Meet The Author

Bruce Smith

Bruce Smith is a wildlife biologist who holds a PhD in Zoology. During his career with the federal government, he studied and managed most large mammal species that roam the western United States.  He’s authored five nonfiction books of natural history, conservation, and outdoor adventure. 

He spent three years studying mountain goats in Montana’s Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness Area — and many days afield with binoculars and camera since — which provided an enduring affection for the subject of Life on the Rocks: A Portrait of the Mountain Goat, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award. 

In his award-winning debut middle-grade novel, Legend Keepers: The Chosen One, he draws upon his experiences and fascination with wild animals to stir the imaginations of young readers and immerse them in the natural world. 

Bruce and his wife, Diana, live in southwest Montana not far from mountain goats.


Hidden Shelf Publishing House - P.O. Box 4168 - McCall, ID 83638