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

Rose Christo , indelibleCHAOS
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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(This title is discontinued, but will remain free on Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/247875)

"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: 293 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1480175811
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009VTI9HM
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellnt series. December 10, 2012
By PTR
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series! June 4, 2013
By 1313
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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. I really loved the history that was woven into the story. I have always loved Native American culture, so naturally I just soaked up the stories, legends, and history told. Then there's Skylar and Rafael, oh lord, they have made themselves right at home at the top of my favorite list! Their relationship and how it evolves is so precious. I loved how Skylar would catch Rafael staring at him, and through the writing, you just knew how Rafael felt about him. Not to mention his love for books, and his drawing... loved when Skylar would look over at him, and his nose would be in a book, or he would be drawing... obvious to the world, around him. But always knew what Skylar was doing, or thinking. Skylar is just adorable, there is no other word I can describe him as. Having no voice, he is always smiling, always concerned about everyone else. So sweet, and innocent. Their relationship is a slow process, but so enjoyable to read. The story involves everyone on the Reservation, and you can't help but love everyone.

This series is really a amazing read, the writing is fabulous, Rose Christo is an amazing story teller, and advocate. She really sheds light on the many issues plaguing her people, and after learning about these (more then horrifying) issues, I was very eager to go off and read more, and sign the petitions she offered.

Highly recommend this series, and anything by Rose Christo! And $0.99 for over 5,000 locations is ridiculously awesome!
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DON'T buy Star Stands Still on Amazon! It's free on Smashwords!!

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/247875

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 lakotalaw.org! 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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