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Product Details

  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: King's Quandary (August 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979017254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979017254
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,284,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


Calico by Allison Bruning is the best Native American fiction I have read in a long time. She beautifully takes the reader into the Shawnee world. The story moves quickly and reads like a movie. Her secondary characters helped move the story. The story accurately portrays the Shawnee's version of history. The main characters are strong. I can't wait to read the sequel. The author left me wanting more. She has little gems in her book that could be further explained in her sequels. I could also tell she had a few characters that would be great for a spin off. Wonderfully compelling! 

This book was very accurate in the portrayal of The Shawnee Indians. 
Calico is having a hard time adjusting to her adoptive parents. What is a girl to do when she feels like she should be one way but is expected to be a different? Will she ever forgive the person who betrayed her? Will she ever have a truce between herself and a boy she hates? Read on to find out! This book is so capturing that once you read it you will not be able to put it down! If you are a real history buff then you will def love love this book. -----Teelovesgio

Calico has a strong cast of characters that Mrs. Bruning manages quite well. Calico's story simmers along, gradually picking up speed and drawing you into her world just a little bit more with each event that takes place. Allison represents the Native Americans in a genuinely respectful, entertaining way that I found most humbling. ------ Jennifer Starks
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Author

Calico was a very interesting book for me. The series, Children of the Shawnee, began in the summer of 2008 when I wrote 700 pages in two months. I have always been interested in Native American cultures, especially the Shawnee people. I studied anthropology with an emphasis in Native American cultures in college. As an avid reader, I was always looking for a good Native American book from the point of view of the tribes. Yet those books are far and few between. Whenever the Shawnee people are in the media they are depicted as blood thirsty killers. I decided to create an authentic series with the story told from the Shawnee's point of view. 
I never wrote this book to tell the white man's history but to shine a light of the Shawnee people in a positive way. Calico is very different from my other books because I had to tap into a culture that is not my own. The experience was challenging and very enlightening. I learned to see past the bias accounts of the Shawnee in historical records and view life from a completely different angle. 
--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Bestselling author Allison Bruning has always had a passion for the literary arts. She originally hails from Marion, Ohio but lives in Indianapolis, Indiana with her husband and their Australian Cattle Dog, Lakota Sioux. Allison is the author of four historical fiction series: Children of the Shawnee, The Secret Heritage, IrishTwist of Fate, and Cherokee Tears.
Allison's educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology from Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. Allison received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. She was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007, Allison was named Who's Who Among America's Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards. Allison received her Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Full Sail University on June 28, 2013. She is an educator, writer, speaker, screenwriter, film director, and publisher. Allison's interests include Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, spending time with her family, and genealogy. She can be found on Facebook at She is also on twitter @emeraldkell. Her blog can be found at

Customer Reviews

The summary draws you to a story that is well written and rich in history and detail.
M. Beasley
Luckily, by the ending, I found a bit of relevance for this plotline, but I believe too much time was spent making this plot work into an already complicated story.
Calico is a wonderfully written historical romance filled with colorful characters and an amazing story.
These Curves Talk

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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Rich Meyer on May 25, 2012
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I know the author via Facebook, and was given a copy of the book to read and review from her publisher, the second one to try and handle this car wreck. This book tries to do way too much, and does none of it with any elan or even accuracy. It reads like a Native American-themed Game of Thrones. There are too many subplots and too many characters, with all sorts of dark and secretive pasts. And everyone's got two or three names, and several apparent loyalties to boot. It was virtually impossible to follow, at least for me, anyway. Apparently other reviewers had no worries on that matter, so I guess that one's on me, but it almost had me wishing for the naive simplicity of a Twilight novel.

This book tried to have it all in a grand fashion. There are what appear to be the equivalent of a family of French ninjas, very confusing lineages, incest, rape and some paranormal stuff tossed in like a cup of salt in a cake batter. I really think this book could've used one or two more passes from some qualified editors before it went to press. There is a lot of exposition. And I mean, a LOT of it. But it doesn't always help the story. I know this period fairly well, being a fan of Kenneth Roberts' novels and James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. I think most people in the US do vaguely remember the frontier and colonial life from our basic grade school classes. These character bemoan their plights way too much and far too unabandonedly for any of them to be sympathetic to me.

If you are going to write about the tempestuous era of Colonial America, you better get the names right. As far as I know, there was no "Colonel Jeffry Amhearst".
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Gryphonesse on May 31, 2012
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I really, really tried to like this book. The premise is promising, but it's just written so badly that it was next to impossible to understand. Half the time I had to go back two pages to figure out who was talking - the characters aren't outlined or explained well and there are some really stereotypical archetypes. That, and I can only read about rape and molestation for so long.(Ideally, never) Once would have been enough - this story went way beyond what was necessary. The author seemed to be glorying in the abuse and I found that sickening. I referred to this story as the Car Wreck to my friends - it was terrible, but I had to see how it ended. And I wanted to read it all the way through so I could justify posting a bad review. My apologies to the author, I just cannot recommend this, even as a free download.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By SSB on May 28, 2012
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I really detest books that start with so much material to digest that the reader must spend considerable time trying to make sense of it. That is the case with this book. I grew weary of trying to decipher what the author meant to say and quit reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cyber Stalker Buster on July 13, 2013
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I read many books over the course of a year and rarely care to write a review. After trying to read Calico by Allison Bruning, I had to write one. First of all, there's no clear plot. The story jumps from one chapter to another rambling on and on about meaningless things so much, I had to wonder what the focal point of the story was? As I continued it didn't seem to get any better and was all over the place. Confusing and poorly written. Maybe another edit would help, I don't know. Just not a good read! Sorry.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cate's Book Nut Hut on November 4, 2013
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I was intrigued by the premise of this book, and was looking forward to reading a gripping account of a white woman surviving and navigating life with the Native American Indian Shawnee; and I tried, I mean really tried to like this book as much as I’d hoped I would, but it just didn’t hit the spot for me. Also if you do not want to read about rape and molestation, you definitely want to give this book a wide berth.
There is very little development of any of the characters we find packed in this novels pages, and at times the dialogue can become very confusing because of them speaking in a difficult to follow, for me anyway, mix of French, Shawnee and English. Add to this the fact that the majority of the characters have more than one name, do not seem to understand the true meaning of loyalty, and you have characters that you will spend so much time trying to understand and connect with, it detracts from any enjoyment that could be found in the book.
With a little less dialect and complexity and a lot more editing and proofreading, this could have the potential to become a good start to an interesting series of books; unfortunately, as it is it falls far short of any expectations I had. It is packed full of events and scenarios that would have been easier to navigate if it had been spaced over either two books, or the novel had been longer to accommodate everything; in its current form it was just too much.
I did persevere to end, and it is with many apologies to the Author, but I just cannot recommend this book to anyone. There may be some readers out there that would thoroughly enjoy this novel, and the way in which it was written, and this one instance where I am glad that not everyone has same the same taste or expectations in their reading material.

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