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Product Details

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1463581424
  • ISBN-13: 978-1463581428
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,615,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Melissa Luznicky Garrett is an author of adult and young adult novels. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, three children, and numerous animals. Melissa is currently hard at work on her next project.

Customer Reviews

A very interesting story.
David
You felt for the characters thought the book.
tkincaid
Her emotions are well voiced by the author.
Nicole

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Karen Toz on March 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Sarah's aunt and uncle have a secret about Sarah's Native American past they've been keeping for many years. When a new family moves across the street, Sarah's family must reveal the secret in order to protect her from possible danger. At sixteen, Sarah does not know who to trust - she knows her aunt and uncle have her best interests at heart, but surely they are wrong about her new neighbor, Adrian - the first boy who has ever shown any interest in her. As the story unravels, we learn more about Sarah's past, the mysterious family across the street, and the powers of the Spirit Keeper.

Melissa Luznicky Garrett, has another winner on her hands with The Spirit Keeper! Tying in mystical themes with the battle between good and evil, the author manages to create a captivating tale, keeping me interested and engaged right from the first chapter. As the story progressed, I found myself unable to put the book down, needing to learn more about Sarah's secrets and what would become of her. I cannot wait for the next book in the series!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By M. Stefanides on April 18, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Although The Spirit Keeper is a new genre for Garrett, the quality of the writing is classic Garrett. With the explosion of self-publishing over the past several years, much is made of the quality, or lack thereof, of self-published books. Garrett is one of the many authors who can be held up as an example of the high quality available in indie books.

As I've come to expect from Garrett's earlier books, Precipice and Turning Point, Spirit Keeper's story is told in clean, crisp prose. In some indie-published books, and sometimes even in traditionally published books, I've had to train myself to push past awkward writing to get to the good story behind it. But Garrett's writing is like makeup--the best made-up face is one that looks like there is no makeup at all. Garrett's writing is so good, it seems as though the story is floating along on its own.

The Spirit Keeper tells the story of a teenage girl, Sarah, as she learns the secrets of her heritage as a Native American. After a tragic house fire that kills her mother and grandparents eleven years earlier, Sarah is taken in by her mother's younger sister and brother, not all that much older than Sarah herself. Trying to shield her from the tragedy, Sarah's aunt and uncle keep her past from her, but recent events and new neighbors make that impossible to maintain.

Garrett nicely captures the emotions and thought process of a teenage girl, who is, at turns, resolute in the face of bullying by classmates, grateful to her aunt and uncle for their care, and both impulsive and careful as she falls in love for the first time.

The Spirit Keeper ends with too much of a cliffhanger for my taste.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2012
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Meet Sarah Redbird, a seventeen-year-old who has lived with her aunt and uncle since losing her mother and grandparents in a fire several years earlier. She loves her best friend Priscilla almost as much as she despises Katie, the "mean girl" at school who leads the bullying of Sarah without ever getting caught.

Sarah's life changes when another Native American family - a father and son - move in across the street. Although Adrian, the son, is both good-looking and charming, she is warned by her guardians to stay away from their new neighbors. Of course, this only makes Sarah even more determined to find out what all the mystery is about, and the resulting events form an interwoven tale of young love and Native American mysticism.

With The Spirit Keeper, Melissa Luznicky Garrett accurately depicts the emotional ups and downs of being a teenager while also introducing us to the fictional Katori tribe, with its tradition of the spirit keeper. The tribal heritage was so well done that I was surprised to learn that Melissa had created it herself based on her research into the tribes that have called that area of upstate New York home.

And although I am farther removed from young adulthood than I would like to admit, I was thoroughly engrossed in this story from beginning to end, and could easily relate to Sarah's feelings throughout the book. This is a book that will appeal to adults and teenagers alike.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Nicole on February 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read almost everything I can put my hands on, therefore, I enjoy free selections from Amazon, it allows me to discover good books written by great authors such as Melissa Luzincky-Garrett that I discovered thanks to her free copy of The Spirit Keeper. I usually choose my free selections by titles and covers that first catch my interest and then, I read the synopsis. And this is how I selected the Spirit Keeper and boy was that a good selection or what.

I was in this story from beginning to end. The plot is very well developed and the characters are likeable and engaging. I love the way Sarah is thinking, her opinions and her life values. Her emotions are well voiced by the author. This book is captivating, beautifully written, professionally presented and very, very well edited. The professionalism and pride of this author is reflected all through her book and it show. This is a book that will appeal to adults and teenagers alike. I can't wait to find out what happens next. Hopefully, it will not be more than a trilogy. I hate when an author go on and on stretching up the story so much that you lose interest.

I really enjoyed readings Ms. Garrett, and I truly appreciated her generosity in granting the readers with two free selections. Her other books are also very affordable. (I don't like to pay the price of a paperback or a hardcover for a Kindle format.) So in support to her great talent, I bought her other two books, Turning Point and Precipice and can't wait to buy the sequel to the Spirit Keeper. I am positive that I will not be disappointed.
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More About the Author

Melissa Luznicky Garrett began "writing" books at the tender age of five, before she was even old enough to do much more than print her name. When she wasn't watching Sesame Street or Mister Roger's Neighborhood, she could be found sitting in front of her parents' typewriter, transcribing the conversations inside her head one keystroke at a time. Now all grown up, Melissa currently has several published novels. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, three children, and numerous animals.

Progress updates about upcoming books can be found on Melissa's Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/groups/booksbymelissa/ OR on her blog at http://www.mlgarrett.blogspot.com/

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