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Why the Star Stands Still (Gives Light Series Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Rose Christo , indelibleCHAOS
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Length: 292 pages
  • Series: Gives Light Series (Book 4)
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(This title is discontinued, but will remain free on Smashwords:

"Your dad's Indian. Your mom's black. Why are you white?"

Skylar St. Clair's been getting questions like these all his life. Skylar's home is the Nettlebush Indian Reserve; his family, the hundreds of Plains Shoshone living there. Skylar can't help it if he better resembles his biological mother, a woman whose untimely death left him with more secrets than memories.

Skylar's father has been in federal prison for the past fifteen years. The summer of his release coincides with familial matters of a different nature: Skylar and his husband are trying to adopt a daughter.

Piecing together a fragmented family is no small task. All the patience in the world cannot contend with thirty-three years of reticence.

But love can.

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  • File Size: 841 KB
  • Print Length: 292 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VTI9HM
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Entire Series is Amazing November 13, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been meaning to review the entire Gives Light series: Gives Light, Looks Over, St. Clair and, now, Why the Star Stands Still. The first three books in the series -- the "trilogy" -- are merely amazing.

While the stories are all fiction, they are based around the real-life practice of state run agencies taking Native American children from reservations and giving them to other families -- all for money. I had absolutely no idea things like this were still taking place in the United States of America. I'm not a Native American but am immediately going to the website Rose mentions above and signing the petition. It will take the efforts of many -- not just those immediately affected -- to end practices such as this.

The books, unlike many e-books from independent authors, are well written. Characters are likable. The plots are involved. I had a hard time putting each one down and while I just started this one, am pretty sure I'll be up late tonight reading it.

I _did_ choose to spend the 99 cents on Amazon (I'd have _gladly_ paid more) as I hope any money made by the author help in the fight against the kidnapping (because that's what it is) of Native American children. (Kind of makes you want to punch somebody, doesn't it? Even though violence never really solves anything.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellnt series. December 10, 2012
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This series is excellent reading material. You will get to follow the lives of Skylar and Rafael on a Reservation for Native Americans. The story is a coming of age story for two young men and how they successfully meet the added challenges of reservation life. The author has a style that make you feel as if you are one of the characters observing this story as it unfolds over the years. Read all the books in the series to get the complete story. It is well worth the effort and I highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sutummu tukummuinna October 28, 2012
By Camila
Format:Kindle Edition
Well after the 3 previous book of the serie I was VERY interested in a sequel! Originally it was a trilogy so what a joy when the writer announce it would be one more... a FREEBIE.
Why the star stands still is perfect... 17 years after the last book and answering all the questions you may have after the third book.
Sky and Rafael are adults now. What can I say??? I love them again!!!! Adults or teenagers, they are amazing characters and perfect to a reader searching a romantic but not sappy couple.  It's a book for everyone (absolutely no sex scenes, so yeah EVERYONE, also young adults SHOULD read it... Yeah, not could but should!). 
Again there is some native American activism but it's much less than the third book, and it's again in the background of the story, not taking control of it (the reason I gave 3 stars to the previous book). 

Dear reader of this review, if you are thinking if you must of not buy the books I can just say one thing to convince you, a Shoshone saying: Sutummu tukummuinna*

*“I don't speak your language, and you don't speak mine. But I still understand you. I don't need to walk in your footsteps if I can see the footprints you left behind.”
Christo, Rose. “Why the Star Stands Still (Gives Light #4).”

Read it folks... See through Sky eyes, from an innocent teenager to an adult, his family, his tribe, his... Life.

5 stars to this book, and 5 stars to this serie
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I am forever fascinated by the Native American Community. They were and still are my SPIRITUAL GUIDES. Rose Christo writes very well and she is able to express in detail so many secret emotions, feelings and frustrations. In America we are very much estranged from the people that inhabited the land of America centuries before the WHITE MAN shot a gun and brought Jesus to a race that survived very well without the influence of the disease of religion, physical and mental health as well as a connection the Indian had with the land, sky and being intune with the planet.

I have read all of Rose Christo's series and loved them. I live in the great state of WYOMING. We have one of the most controversial Indian Reservations in America... I grew up in Utah knowing the UTE Indians were a dying tribe... not so anymore. I have camped out in the deserts of New Mexico and met many Native American Indians. They were always kind and generous to me. I hope I give the same back to a race that is sacred and needed... read the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant July 28, 2014
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I love this series and have found it not only entertaining but very informative about Native American culture and some of the hardships they still suffer. The characters were fascinating and endearing, making you feel like part of their story. I felt the anger and indignation at their unfair treatment just as they felt it. I will miss them now that their story is over, but I hope Ms. Christo has more stories to share. I recommend this series for anyone looking for a a compelling story about forgiveness, acceptance and love
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great twists July 12, 2014
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I liked it. There are unexpected twists. I loved the character development. You feel like you really get to them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful conclusion to the series September 5, 2013
By Jen
Format:Kindle Edition
A wonderful conclusion to a beautiful series of books. For anyone who thought the third book in the series was on the dark side, read this one. It jumps forward quite a few years in time and ties up many of the loose ends (and clears up the rather mysterious ending) from the third book. Not everything is rosy, but I finished the book with really good feelings (except for being sad the series is over).

Rose Christo's writing style maintained its, in my opinion, high level of excellence while the voice of the narrator has appropriately matured. The characters continue to be a joy to learn more about and an interesting new character is introduced.

There are a couple inconsistencies and an event (that occurs during the time between the third and fourth books) that seems improbable (although I am not a doctor or scientist so may be wrong), but that did not really detract from the story for me.

I am so glad I read this series and will be thinking about it for a while to come. Hard to believe this last book was free! I guess that goes along with the philosophy of the Shoshone people in the book. :-)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as the first book
This series is ok! The first book was great, it's been going down hill. But it's ok for young adult. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Takomacarpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Their connection is so true and perfect. I love that not only do we...
These two guys! Just gah. Their connection is so true and perfect. I love that not only do we get to see it, but others in the story see it too. Read more
Published 2 months ago by GEG
5.0 out of 5 stars this one was good
This one was definitely a little harder to read and think it's because of the 15 year fast forward. There are characters and changes that made me both happy and sad to see and not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series!
Wow, how did I not find this series sooner! These books are amazing! The story is so well thought out, and really grips you from the beginning. Read more
Published 24 months ago by 1313
5.0 out of 5 stars Why the star stands still by rose christo
5stars to rose cristo
y for a beautifully written look into the family dynamics of the Shoshone and native legal issues in general. Read more
Published 24 months ago by B. Lamping
5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous ending to a wonderful series
I can't express how much I love this series. So much happens that makes it heart-breaking but it is so beautiful that Skylar and Rafael's story is nothing short of fantastic. Read more
Published on April 10, 2013 by Nikyta
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read
The entire GIVES light series are well written and must reads. The story is a little quirky but draws you in and makes you root for the characters to conquer life and their... Read more
Published on February 4, 2013 by RJL19930
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw and Edgy
I have read all the books in this series. You could read one with out the others but I enjoyed seeing them grow up in to adulthood. Read more
Published on January 21, 2013 by Terry L. Ferko
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened?
Loved the first two novels of the series, but this one seems to have been written in a day. An easy read, but ultimately disappointing.
Published on December 27, 2012 by Noprofit
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DON'T buy Star Stands Still on Amazon! It's free on Smashwords!!

I only listed it on Amazon so you guys would know it's finished already. Amazon forced me to tack on a price.

If you bought it on Amazon, refund it quickly and go download it for free on Smashwords! I promised that the title would be free. I didn't say that just to trick you guys!

And please, don't forget to sign the petition at! State-run foster care/adoption agencies kidnap 700+ Native American children from their families every year and let strangers adopt them--all for the money. Almost none of these children are being taken out of legitimately harmful homes. (Read: Removal was warranted in less than 3% of the cases.) Trust me, I only wish I were making this up. Native families have been fighting for the return of their children for years now, but if you add your voice to the outcry, the government can't ignore us forever.

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