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  • File Size: 578 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: OakTara (March 22, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 22, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TH2CYC
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K.B. Schaller, M.Ed., began her writing career in grade school when she wrote and illustrated stories and sold her one-page "best sellers" to classmates for ten cents apiece.

Years later, her debut novel, Gray Rainbow Journey, won a National Best Books Award and a Florida Authors and Publishers Association President's Best Books Award for YA fiction.

Both Gray Rainbow Journey and the sequel, Journey by the Sackcloth Moon, focus on angst-ridden Native American beauty, Dina Youngblood, who is torn between cultural traditions and mainstream worlds and faiths. Both novels were published by OakTara Publishers.

100+ Native American Women Who Changed the World, a biographical collection that spotlights over 100 outstanding women of Indigenous heritage, is Schaller's first nonfiction title on Native American subjects.

It is winner of a 2014 International Book Award, Women's Issues category.

It is a Gold Medal winner in the 2014 Florida Publishers Association President's Book Awards, Biography category.

In the same competition, 100+ also won Silver medals in both the Young Adult Nonfiction and Reference categories. It is published by the Peppertree Press.

Schaller has taught in a Reservation Christian academy and in public school systems. She blogs on mainly Native American issues, is an artist and poet, and also a historical researcher, columnist and illustrator for Indian Life newspaper.

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Having been familiar with K.B. Schaller's splendid writing for many years, I expected to discover a good tale told well. (K.B. is a multi-time award-winning writer in the Writers-Editors Network International Writing Competition.) "Journey by the Sackcloth Moon" does not disappoint. The author weaves dreams, romance, tradition and conflict into a story tapestry that keeps the pages turning -- with the added spice of a bit of mystery in each chapter. Who doesn't love a story that is both entertaining and worth reading for its insights! Reading "Journey by the Sackcloth Moon" by K.B. Schaller is definitely worth your time. You will be rewarded.
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A caveat: I am not the target demographic for this book. I am a middle-aged male who happened upon it via recommendation, and am I glad I did. What could at first blush (if one is inattentive; I've been accused of that) be a simple romance novel is in fact a complex, deeply layered and intensely felt dramatic story. The protagonist, a young Native American woman, lives in a place between two worlds. While a devout Christian, she comes from a cultural background rich with metaphysical manifestations and rituals. Add to this that prior to her complete conversion she lived with the equivalent of a playboy shaman and you have one complex girl. She is now heading to her home territories (it not her literal home) to pursue a ministry within the tribe. But the pastor is an old flame, and one which will kindle anew. Throughout she is metaphorically haunted by her past, and quite literally haunted by the forces of her tribal past.

This is a story that could quickly sink into fantasy or gimmickry. The author allows neither. She quite skillfully blends the supernatural events with real life situations until we do not know where reality ends and magic begins. This is consistent through the book. These potentially sticky themes are handled with a delicacy and grace rarely found. Even at the end, we are not quite sure where this line is drawn, and that is a good thing. A bit of creative ambiguity nourishes the mind and primes us for the next installment... something I look forward to. I just have to make sure to keep this book tucked under a copy of Popular Mechanics to keep my (probably imagined) macho image alive.

A tip of the hat to KB Schaller!
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Journey by the Sackcloth Moon introduced me to a new world, the world of Native American culture and spirituality. Young Christian Cherokee/Seminole Dina Youngblood, Pastor Aaron Burning Rain and Marty Osceola are a romantic triangle caught in a web of deceit and deep spiritual conflict. The verse that kept coming to me over and over again was Ephesians 6:11-12 "Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms." This battle is portrayed in a way I have personally not read or experienced. K. B. Shaller knows the culture and the struggles of being a follower of "The Jesus Way" in Native American culture. Her book is filled with very real characters, some very manipulative and troubling,others rich and uplifting. Mama Hat is one of my favorites. Her warning to Dina, "Don't dance too close to the fire," hit home in my spirit.
The Christian characters in this book are very real and imperfect, sometimes making choices that lead to more difficulties, like the people I know and love, like the person I am, imperfect, fallen, forgiven and seeking to grow.

Journey by the Sackcloth Moon is an intriguing, sometimes troubling, and ultimately rewarding novel. You will not be disappointed.
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Conflict and struggle form the literary mortar that keeps readers of modern fiction entranced. Inner turmoil is common enough fodder for conflict, but rarely does an author examine the mystery and mysticism of the endless psychic battles of being one's self from a Native American and Christian perspective.
In Gray Rainbow Journey, author KB Schaller introduced the mesmerizing plight of Dina Youngblood, a young Seminole/Cherokee woman who struggles at once with dreams and demons, romance and religion, tradition and transition. Dina and her adventures blossom in Schaller's sequel, Journey by the Sackcloth Moon.
Continuing where Gray Rainbow ended, Sackcloth Moon plunges the reader deeper into Dina's dreams and spiritual conflicts as the very human and down-to-earth Dina finds new ways to delight with wit and sass. Schaller deftly hooks the mysterious and mystical to the message of Christianity. She uses the same agility in showing the yanking pressures Christianity puts on Indian tradition and culture.
Message aside, the story is fun to read--it intrigues and holds the reader's attention. The characters are vivid; they show whimsy and depth. Journey by the Sackcloth Moon firmly roots Dina Youngblood as a memorable literary character with, one can only hope, more adventures to share.
--Carolyn G. Kingcade, Journalism Lecturer, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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