The Dark Pond is one of Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac's contemporary novels based on a traditional scary story from a Native American legend. In this story we meet Arnie, half Armenian and half Shawnee, who attends a private school that values environmental education. But there is a mysterious pond on the school property and Arnie is being drawn toward it. By making friends with another school student and the Abenaki grounds keeper, Arnie works to find out why this pond seems to be calling to him. Lexile Level: 820; Guided Reading Level: U; DRA Level: 44-50.