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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Piñata Publishing; 1st edition (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0968509770
  • ISBN-13: 978-0968509777
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,506,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An Angry Drum Echoed" is a recipient of the prestigious gold Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, Ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times Best-Selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, Motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach, and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families. This book/product has been honored by this distinguished gold award. --Mom's Choice Awards<br /><br />"Georgia's own Pocahontas" helped settlers and Native Americans get along in peace. Especially good for middle and older readers. --Atlanta Journal Constitution<br /><br />Readers may have little background knowledge of this woman and the times in which she lived, but the careful description of the Creek culture and the accounts of the difficulties of the early settlements provide a wealth of information about the life of a remarkable woman and the beginning of a new nation. Recommended for junior/senior high school students. --Janis Flint-Ferguson, Assoc. Prof., English, Gordon College, Wenham, MA/KLIATT, January 1, 2007

Readers may have little background knowledge of this woman and the times in which she lived, but the careful description of the Creek culture and the accounts of the difficulties of the early settlements provide a wealth of information about the life of a remarkable woman and the beginning of a new nation. Recommended for junior/senior high school students. --Janis Flint-Ferguson, Assoc. Prof., English, Gordon College, Wenham, MA/KLIATT, January 1, 2007

"Georgia's own Pocahontas" helped settlers and Native Americans get along in peace. Especially good for middle and older readers. --Atlanta Journal Constitution

From the Author

Mary Musgrove's life was as dramatic and colorful as any fictional character, yet she was a real flesh-and-blood woman. I couldn't have invented for her a life this dynamic and unforeseen. Yet these qualities are only part of what makes her the most interesting and courageous woman in early Georgia history.

Despite her important historical status and larger-than-life accomplishments, she remains virtually unknown to most Georgians outside a small group of scholars. Her life was filled with contradictions: born into a Creek society built on pagan customs, she later associated with British luminaries and Oxford graduates, including the famous Christian missionaries Charles and John Wesley. Mary Musgrove's story is scattered through voluminous letters, diaries and journals: official documents of the Colonial period. But very little is known about her childhood and parentage. Searching deeper for her story, I was pleasantly surprised to find pieces of her inside my own heart. Mary's story became so intriguing that I decided to write it in the first person.

All the central characters in this story are real; most events in the book are factual, including the births, deaths, battles and journeys. Most research information came from university dissertations, historical documents, and fellow authors who held Mary in high esteem and recognized her importance. Stepping out of the crowd gathered on Yamacraw Bluff to meet General Oglethorpe, she grasped her strange destiny's star. I felt privileged to ride with her as that star illuminated her two worlds, touching so many with its splendor. When the star exploded I crashed along with Mary, mourning her tremendous losses and grieving at the injustices she was forced to endure. Her story is a legend that has left a vivid imprint on colonial Georgia history. May you appreciate her as much as I do.

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Great story if you like noels based on history of southeast Georgia! All very interesting with great story! Highly recommend!
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America may never fully comprehend the societies of Native Americans, their ways of life and societal structure. This story sheds light on the evolving saga of the American Indians, who are to this very day engaged in a struggle to preserve their ways even as they merge with the European way of life. Mary is married to a white man, but she is also Queen of the Creeks, and her tribe depends upon her for guidance in this chaotic time. Mary struggles to maintain their lands and their way of life as the settlers encroach, treaties are broken, and the Native Americans slowly find themselves losing their very identities. This was a good read.
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VERY good book,if you enjoy reading about the Indian way of life,in S.C. and Ge. you will enjoy this book,based doing the 1700's.The writer makes you feel as if you are living her life ,and maybe how this Indian girl maybe help make the USA what it is today.
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I highly recommend this book for all ages. The author has a unique gift for placing the reader in the actual setting as she describes the daily life of Mary Musgrove including the good times as well as the dark days. At times I felt I was actually eavesdropping on Mary's most private conversations and her struggles. Excellent book!
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More About the Author

I was raised in North Bend, Oregon, a peaceful town close to the sea. As the oldest of five children, I often entertained my siblings with fabricated stories about witches and magical creatures. My parents passed on to us their love of the written word and we became avid readers. Dad, a radiologist who had several medical books and a few short stories published, told us we could do anything if we really believed in ourselves.

In the middle of my high school freshman year our family moved to Klamath Falls in southern Oregon, with a lake for water-skiing and exciting new educational and social challenges. Reading and writing were my favorite school subjects. Through them I began a life-long quest for travel and new adventures.

During my second year at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, I traveled to Mexico with twenty-two students and two professors to study for six months with the Experiment in International Living. For two months we lived with families in Merida, Yucatan, before moving to Mexico City to study with local University professors. While living in a pension in Mexico City, I met a young architect who would eventually become my husband. But first I had to convince my parents to let me return to Mexico to study for a year at the University of the Americas. I finished my final year at Lewis and Clark College with a B.A. in Spanish.

Now I could follow my travel dreams! For two years I flew as a flight attendant for Pan American Airlines, flying to every continent except Africa. In those days we had 3-4 day layovers in amazing places like Argentina, Aruba, Tahiti, and Thailand; my hungry mind was already storing information for book material.

I married Eduardo Gual in 1969 and lived happily in Mexico City for eighteen years. We raised our two daughters to be bi-lingual and bi-cultural. In my free time, I entertained myself by working as an actress in Mexican television programs, American movies filmed in Mexico (Caveman, Under Fire, Volunteers, etc.) modeling, and filming commercials. I also taught Spanish to American executives and English to Mexican businessmen and children.

In 1986, after my divorce, I brought my daughters to San Diego to start over. I became a U.S. Customs Inspector and was sent to Brunswick, GA to the Federal Law Enforcement Academy for training. As fate would have it, I met my future husband Michael in my basic training class! After a seven-year relationship, (three of them long distance), we married and have just celebrated our thirteenth anniversary!

While working as a Customs Inspector, I wrote my first book "The Bumpedy Road" as a tribute to my daughters to thank them for their courage in following and supporting me and the life changes my divorce had inflicted on them. I decided to write it with our Mexican cat Kiska as narrator. We thought it would be a "stand-alone" book, but school children wrote to me, again and again, asking for a sequel. "Rain City Cats" was written next, also during my six-year tour of duty in Vancouver, B.C. Canada, and "Eight Paws to Georgia" was completed after our move to St. Simons Island, GA. Now we had a "Kiska Trilogy" -- I was really an author! I had worked for twelve years as a Customs Inspector and now my husband encouraged me leave the government and work full-time as an author.

About this time, my younger daughter was raising a guide puppy for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Soon we met Aloha and learned all about the "Puppy-Raising Program." When the time came for her to return Aloha to the school for formal training, she phoned us in tears. I asked her what I could do to make it easier and she answered: "Write a book about Aloha's story." "Hello, Goodbye, I Love You is that story."

Since moving to coastal Georgia, I've been intrigued with local history. Neptune Small lived as a slave on one of the fourteen island plantations during the antebellum period, and he performed an incredibly loving and heroic deed for his master's son. This local legend had never been written in book form, so I sought out Neptune's descendants and asked their permission to write it. "Neptune's Honor" has been well received and has given them their great-grandfather's legacy in written form.

My second historical fiction was released in early 2007. Entitled "An Angry Drum Echoed: Mary Musgrove, Queen of the Creeks," it tells the story of a Creek woman who met General Oglethorpe's ship when he landed to colonize Georgia. She became his interpreter and emissary and smoothed the path to cooperation between the Creeks and the colonists.

This keen interest in southern historical characters takes me back to my youth, when reading biographies and historical fiction captured my imagination and took me to other places. My books are written for children and young adults, to educate yet entertain. Michael and I enjoy traveling and sharing our favorite books. Sometimes we'll even read them to Jasper and Sukey Spice, our cats! We are members of Lions Club International, and I was the local chapter's president in 2006-2007. Our grandbabies bring us great joy and we visit them in Australia and San Diego whenever we can.

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