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My Sister the Moon Mass Market Paperback – September 3, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

While it successfully recreates the culture of the whale-hunting Aleuts of 9000 years ago, Harrison's sequel to Mother Earth, Father Sky (600,000 paperback copies in print) lacks the tense grittiness of its predecessor.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-- Set in the prehistoric Aleutian Islands, this is a sequel to Mother Earth, Father Sky (Doubleday, 1990). At her birth, Kiin's father had planned on killing her so that his wife might immediately produce a son. She is saved, however, when the chief claims her as the wife for his infant son. Her life is one of difficulty and abuse--her father beats her regularly and gives her to traders for the night to improve his exchanges--but her inner strength enables her to survive through the turbulent, stormy times. This moving story keeps readers in its grip because every hint of peacefulness is upended by another difficulty. Although YAs will enjoy this novel as much as its predecessor, it is more disturbing as the excellent characterizations involve readers significantly, causing them to share the tense emotional drama with Kiin.
- Jacque line Craig, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (September 3, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380718367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380718368
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #801,009 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Enola on November 8, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a book i will probably never get rid of. it's one of those books that leave you so excited, you don't really want the story to end, but you're glad it ends for the characters' sakes.

kiin is a beautiful young woman in prehistoric alaska who is hated by her father so much he beats her constantly and gives her a name that means "no one" or "nothing" i forgot which.

when kiin is old enough, she prepares to be married to the brother of the young man she really loves. while she aches for her heart's desire, the man she loves is soon to be sent away after her marriage.

after she has moved in with her lover's brother and his family and is already a few months pregnant, kiin is kidnapped by her brother, raped by him, and taken to a distant village where she is sold to a man in trade who already has two wives -- all by her own brother.

kiin's courage and perseverance is what gets her home again. but her second husband persues her once she has run away and proceeds to fight with her first.

this is where the novel ends. the real ending is revealed in the next novel: My Brother the Wind.

who lives and who dies? who does kiin go home with? find out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor Shumaker on April 17, 2003
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This trilogy by Sue Harrison kept me glued in my chair for days! Her books move more quickly than Jean Auel's, and each book has a plot. They are more than sagas. What a wonderful way to learn about prehistoric peoples and their culture! I'm so glad to have found this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Claire on December 16, 2005
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My mother's now-deceased school librarian friend recommended this book to my mother, as something she thought I would enjoy. I was 11 or 12 at the time. I loved it, and read it over and over. Until it fell to pieces, and I got a new copy, which also fell to pieces.

Knowing my mom and her friends, they probably figured I'd adore Kiin, and were probably trying to inspire some tough/strong/independent female feelings in me. At the time, though, I only knew that this was a fabulous book. I loved the historical detail, the complicated relationships between characters, and how Sue Harrison made the characters and their culture seem close and accessible.

The summarized plot can read like a string of deeply depressing traumas -- Kiin is abused since birth, remainds unnamed until she is about 15 or 16, is given a degrading name when she finally is named, is raped, is kidnapped, and so forth. But I was never depressed. I wouldn't say I was uplifted, either, but the book gave me a lot to think about. It's a genuine prize in a genre with so much junk.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea G. Humphrey on March 25, 2004
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I actually read Auel's Earth Children's Series before reading anything from Harrison. I didn't expect to find an arthur to capture a story like Auel did, but i was wrong. At first being introduced to Kiin I wasn't impressed. I actually read this one first before reading Mother Earth Father Sky so in the beginning I was lost. Now that I've read the first one everything makes sense. Still I wasn't impressed with the amount of details and not until later did I realize but I was comparing her to Auel, which isn't right. Every writer has their own unique style, and just because Harrison's was different from what i was used to didn't make it bad. I was curious still of what was to come so I continued to read the story. Samiq and Kiin's forbidden love intrigued me and once her brother kidnapped her, i was hooked. The story captured me and brought me along to join the characters on their journey. The more the story flowed the more details were introduced (it just wasn't played out like Auel did), the characters came alive and in simple terms -- i loved it. Then at the end i felt like i was left hanging like the book wasn't finished. Then i found out a third had been published and immediatly i went to the bookstore to find it. I was compelled to have some kind of resolution. That couldn't have been the way it ended, and i was so impatient to read the next in the series, Brother Wind. All around great book. Harrison impressed me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 12, 1998
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I just finished reading the trilogy of Sue Harrison. I've never read anything better than what I read here. She is a great writer, she knows how to pull the reader into the story and feel the hurt,sorrow and happiness. The story of the young Kiin and trying to cope and survive in a world of hardship really made it so outstanding. You begin to feel for her and her twin children and her husband and love. Although she was in love with Samiq, she was wed to Samiq's brother, Amgigh. She loses Amgigh to The Raven her husband to which her evil brother traded her to. But she is strong and her spirit is strong too, so she makes it through the tough times and pulls through like a true, live human-being.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By riwaprincess on August 20, 2004
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I came across Sue Harrisons My Sister the Moon by accident, a friend had left it behind in my home. From the first page to the frantic search for the sequel I absolutely love this book. I felt such a connection with Kiin, because their customs and life are so similar to my own Heritage of being maori. It shows Mana Wahine (Womens Prestige,Power and independence) It is a book that i recommend to my friends and family. I read this book when i seek comfort, solace and relief. It is like an oasis that restores my energy and empowers me to keep doing what i do. Thankyou so much Sue Harrison
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