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Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story Paperback – October 1, 2007
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The use of found documents, fantastical elements, and the seldom-covered topic of baseball in Indian Country really make this a special book. I didn't grow completely attached to all the characters in the small space of the book, which was its only drawback, but otherwise, this is an impressive achievement and I look forward to unpacking it once again when I re-read it. This book is much like the bag full of documents that Lena discovers at the book's beginning: so rich with information to decode.
Author LeAnne Howe is an American Indian, half Choctaw and half Sac and Fox. As a young woman she left the reservation in Oklahoma, with no intention of ever returning. After a career as a freelance journalist and a horrific experience in the Middle East, she returned to live in her grandmother's house.
In MIKO KINGS Howe mixes together elements of her own life and elements from the history of the Indian Territory along with generous doses of imagination, some akin to magical realism, to create this novel about an Indian baseball team from Ada, Oklahoma, the Miko Kings. The central event of the novel is the ninth and final game of the championship series in 1907 between the Miko Kings, champs of the Indian Territory League, and the Fort Sill Seventh Cavalrymen, winners of the Oklahoma Territory League. Will the Indians repeat their Little Bighorn vanquishment of the U.S. Seventh Cavalry? If so, they will have to do so on the arm of Hope Little Leader, their star pitcher who, legend tells us, was able to reverse the flight of the ball.Read more ›
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Love this story, but the end was confusing. I had to do it for a class project but was really happy to read this story. Great book!Published 6 months ago by Carol
The only reason this isn't a 5-star review is because I acknowledge that this book is seriously hard to read for most people. Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by K.J.
Miko Kings is a unique book in literary history. The author's seamless blending of history, spirituality, linguistics, colloquialism, personal memoir and so much more provides a... Read morePublished on February 4, 2010 by Ken Hada
I don't care for baseball, so at first I was unsure if I would enjoy Miko Kings, but my curiosity got the best of me and I had to read it just to see what LeAnne Howe had created. Read morePublished on September 23, 2008 by Jessica Conley