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New Yesterdays Paperback – May 18, 2012
"A Criminal Magic" by Lee Kelly
THE NIGHT CIRCUS meets THE PEAKY BLINDERS in Lee Kelly's new magical realism, crossover novel and casts a spell of magic, high stakes and intrigue against the backdrop of a very different Roaring Twenties. Learn more
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This story is written beautifully with lots of facts that I found absolutely fascinating. I always used to read biographical works, always felt I should be learning something new from each new reading experience. One of the many great things about New Yesterdays is that I came away feeling like I'd gained an insight into the way of the Cherokee Indians, and what a beautiful, respectful and fascinating picture the story illustrates. The main characters were left for a while as the plot gained momentum and I missed their company but, what was fantastic, was that I easily recognised each one again when they returned and it was like they'd never been away! I do believe this is a shiny example of great characters.
I found New Yesterdays to be warming, entertaining and gripping and it even made me cry at one point! A very lovely read and I'm so glad I picked it up!
But what if the Cherokee and Seminole Indians had forewarning of the white man's plans for their future? How would they have reacted? What would have been the effect on the development of The United States?
Any rewrite of history is inevitably written in someone else's blood. However, Jim Wright has provided a fascinating retelling of one of the most shameful episodes in America's history.
This is a courageous, moral, controversial novel which should be read by anyone who has ever felt a twinge of discomfort over the white man's treatment of the native peoples of North America. Certainly it is a book that I will not easily forget.
What an adventure. While this is a book for older children and young adults I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. Moving from an adventure in a spooky house back in time to the 1820's when Jim is at first surprised to meet Dustu who becomes his friend and then Chief Tooantuh who are both Cherokee's. Would the information Jim takes back with him about the Cherokee nation and their demise possibly change history? With a flavour of Cherokee history, a struggle with settlers I must leave you wondering what the future holds for Jim and his new friends. I could say so much more but really think you should read the book and enjoy!
This novel is a powerful depiction of the ongoing struggle in the New World between the Natives and the Colonists at that time. It managed to show acceptance from both parties but never shied away from the harsh reality of war and man's lust for power and dominance. New Yesterdays is a breath of fresh air and brought us back to a time when children didn't rely on television or video games for entertainment. They made their own adventures courtesy of a vivid imagination & a will to dream. It showed a world of naivety and wonder perfectly juxtaposed with hatred and fear. Since arriving in the Indie publishing world, we've given dozens of reviews and have had the pleasure of reading hundreds of great books. But we had yet to find that gem which caused us to STOP! & reflect on the writers gift which made him or her stand out from the rest. Enters our first...Mr. Jim Wright!
From the moment we picked up this book until the last line & final word we knew we had just that; a rare gem. New Yesterdays is a brilliantly written story & as fans now, we will be yearning for the next book Jim publishes and the first in line to snatch it up. Not only do we highly recommend this book. We challenge those of you readers out there, who are hungry for a great read to pick up your copy & treat yourself to this book as you open the adventure & fall in love with the story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Delightfully funny and full of adventure with a keen view of how a young person would view a new world. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sylvia A. Shipman
Nicely done tale of an alternate history for the Cherokee people, brought about by a boy who accidently steps through a doorway in time.Published 14 months ago by T. W. Dittmer
I have rewrote my original review as not to be too much of a spoiler.
I truly love the imagination of the writer, Jim Wright! Read more
This is an awesome read! He details everything so great you feel like you are there. It is hard to put it down. Makes you want to read it cover to cover all at once... GREAT BOOK!Published on December 17, 2013 by mikebecca
Jim Wright's 'New Yesterdays' is a great read for YAs or for anyone that would like to be a YA again. Read morePublished on December 1, 2013 by Diogenes
I LOVED this book! It kept my interest from the very first page. I really like his writing style and the way he described every detail. He made it very easy to visualize. Read morePublished on November 14, 2013 by mikebecca
...but at over $5 dollars against the short length of the book its not worth the price.
I enjoyed the premise of what would have happened if someone had been able to... Read more