Amanda in New Mexico: Ghosts in the Wind (Amanda Travels) Kindle Edition
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Amanda's character seems likable to me, smart, but not off-putting. She is also friendly and able and willing to be friends with an outsider. She is adventuresome but also loves learning. I enjoyed the way the author sprinkled the elements of education carefully throughout this novel, providing information on Taos Pueblo and the people who live there. There are also tidbits on cowboys who populated the Southwest and their culture as well as elements of the lives of the many current residents.
Were there ghosts in the Taos area? Did Amanda or her friend Cleo actually see or experience one or more? Well that's a difficult question to answer. This story combines a good young adult adventure story with hints of the paranormal while also providing some well placed educational material lightly in the text and great ideas for other young people to aspire to.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Amanda is a 6th grader in Guy Weadick Elementary School in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She and her friend Cleo are on a school field trip in Taos, New Mexico, USA in this excellent travel tale. The northern parts of New Mexico that we natives know and love shine bright in this travelog, And Cleo and Amanda are sweet girls who also shine. You will visit the Mable Dodge Luhan house, the Governor Bent Museum, The Taos Pueblo, the Rio Grande Gorge and bridge, Ojo Caliente hot springs, and see the Palisade Sills, the St. James Hotel, and take a tour of Enchanted Circle Pottery. Peek into Day of the Dead celebrations.
And then if you have time, you should choose to head south and west! New Mexico is a varied and colorful mosaic of life and life styles. We can keep you busy for a long time.
I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.
Thank you to the author, Central Avenue Publishing, and NetGalley for the review copy. Opinions are mine.
Amanda in New Mexico is the perfect read for teenagers interested in any of the following: ghost stories, adventure, southwestern history and geography. Author Darlene Foster portrays past and present life in New Mexico with great vibrancy and accuracy, even using Spanish terms to draw the reader into Amanda’s charming and elaborate surroundings. Overall, I like Amanda in New Mexico and give it an 85/100 on the Quiet Scale.