Legend Keepers: The Promise

By Bruce Smith

Release Date: August 13, 2024

Garson and Buddy are bound by the prophecy of looming peril foretold in an ancient legend. But a boy and a mountain goat’s unlikely friendship and determination are not enough to halt the return of the Great Warming. In this fast-paced and inspiring final book of the Legend Keepers eco-adventure, each must overcome personal challenges and enlist the help of others to safeguard Buddy’s home on Shining Mountain. Despite the odds, Garson and Buddy prove that no one is too small or ordinary to make a difference.

A blend of fact and fiction, Legend Keepers addresses the climate crisis in an extraordinary adventure at the roof of the world

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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.

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.


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