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Stop at the title
on March 4, 2003
Apart from having a terrific title, this book is not very good. Teri Hein clearly loves the land on which she was raised. The personal stories she tells, as well as the extensive research she seems to have conducted into the region's history, do show as much.
But the information is jumbled and formless. The book has no shape; the chapters tumble along, one after the other, with no apparent thought to how they're ordered.
We're subjected to pages and pages of the Chief Qualchan story and other historical information, and then even more pages and pages of mildly cute stories about Hein's childhood, and there's not enough language or skill present here to tie it all together to make an interesting whole.
A really good editor and a lot of rewriting might have made this an actual book. As the volume stands now, it reads like a history report by an extremely bright eighth grader.