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"...a beautiful and heart-warming story. The paragraphs flow smoothly fromone to the next and the words chosen are imaginative and colourful. The readerwill be gripped by the warmth of the relationships between the characters andthe colourful imagery of the landscape that the author creates...Strong Heartis a well-thought-out story and contains a lot of important details relating tothe story. If you love archaeology and sociology, then this book is definitelyfor you. I, personally, am not all that interested in archaeology or sociology,and yet this book gripped me and would not let go. This is a must read foreverybody." BronsWorld, OnLineBookClub
"This book was fabulously plotted... Those who enjoy fiction about nativelegends and myths will find themselves engrossed in this book. This book isalso available in audioformat. I look forward to reading more books by Charlie Sheldon." - Ssinghai, OnLineBookClub
From the Author
- File Size : 2464 KB
- Publication Date : February 5, 2017
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print Length : 246 pages
- Publisher : Iron Twine Press (February 5, 2017)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01MUOTANS
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #723,303 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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The hike is to honor Tom's grandfather, Bob-Bob, who is buried within the forest. With prospect of mining coming into the town he knows that this will be the last time to go see his grandfather’s grave. During the hike, Tom tells the story of Bob-Bob and how he found an old artifact, an atlalt, that his grandfather was carrying. Tom wants to return to atlalt back into the wilderness and say goodbye to his grandfather. After an argument between Sarah and Tom she runs off and they cannot find her. They search for 8 days in the wilderness until she appears, bruised and battered with part of her finger missing. The story she tells them is something they cannot believe.
Overall, Strong Heart was a good story. Definitely something I have never read before and was an interesting concept. Sarah’s self discovery in the past was interesting to read along with the struggles of trying to protect their land from miners. However, I found the parts of the book to be a little too drug out and not really fitting well together. When hearing Sarah's story of where she was when she went missing was an interesting way to bring history to the town in a different way than 'Eye and Myra have not heard before. I feel like the only interesting parts of the book where the very beginning and Sarah's travel stories. Everything else seemed repeatable.
The characters were my next issue. Everyone in the beginning had their own voice which was made clear. Tom, someone who just wanted to honor his grandfather and return what was taken; William, an old Native American who believed everything happens for a reason; Myra, who believed in her heritage and was compassionate; and Sarah, who was rough around the edges but in the end still just a teenager.
For the most part William and Tom's personalities don't change. Sarah's voice changes a lot. She starts off as a smart mouthed teenager but when you hear her it feels like someone else is telling it entirely. I had a hard time following that it was her. Then when she comes back she's still this smart mouthed teenager (not to the same extreme) but then continues her story is such a different tone. Myra in the beginning is very believable of Sarah and kind, compassionate. During the second half it seems like she develops this temper that she's always had. I did not enjoy the change in Myra from the beginning of the book to the end.
I give Strong Heart by Charles Sheldon 3 out of 5 stars. While the story itself was strong and interesting I found myself not really connecting with the characters as much as I should. William was the only one I felt some sort of connection with in the end. The difference of voices throughout the book made the connection hard to establish. I also felt that too many parts of the book was repetitive and a little boring.
The main character is Sarah, a 12-year-old girl whose parents had died, and who finds it hard to trust or accept any form of authority. She is dropped at Tom, her grandfather’s place where she does what she knows best: protest, insult, in one word, be obnoxious. A solution seems to be for her to join the trip that Tom was about to do with friends William and his daughter Mira, to check the grave of Tom’s grandfather, up in the Olympic Mountains national park. Adventures follow, first in the real world, as the trip is hard, the men are not young or fit, and they are looked at with suspicion by a prospecting party who is on a mission to decide where to start exploitation of a precious mineral, erbium, for the owners of the land where Tom had buried his grandfather 45 years before.
Reality gets mixed with magic, Sarah sees and draws a bear of a kind that has been extinct for tens of thousands of years and then she disappears for eight days to the despair of her companions. Her trip is magical, back to the times when the first settlers lived and struggled to survive, at the time when such ancestral bears and wolves and other wild animals lived in the area. Proof that the world Sarah visited existed comes on the one hand in the form of an atlatl or spear thrower that Tom had from his grandfather and that is carbon dated with uncertain results, but especially from the fact that, while on her magic trip, Sarah has learned how to handle such a weapon and how to make one, and darts too, which she uses to defend herself and the others in the ”real” world.
Strong Heart is the name Sarah is called by her companions in the ancient world during the sea voyage they make, due to her bold and brave behavior. Her temper and strong will and perseverance make her prevail in adverse situations. Also, places and weather receive the attention of some true characters and have their say in the developments of the story.
Charlie Sheldon’s background in Wildlife Biology and Resource Management, his working as a fisherman and on ships bring the facts and places he describes the imprint of authenticity.
The book has two different points of view. There is a present-day story written in the third person omniscient point of view, the reader receiving objective information about the characters. The second, Sarah’s story, is in the first person: Sarah describes what has happened to her while on her magic trip. This intruding story follows the convention of the Arabian Nights.
Strong Heart will be appreciated by readers who like to find out about faraway places and times, either interested in the history of ancient times or open to be attracted to a scientists’ dispute as to who was the first in the territory, with all the arguments that could be used in support of either theory.
The proofreading of the book is almost perfect (just two mistakes throughout). Therefore, Strong Heart fully deserves five out of five stars. Whoever reads it will be charmed by its marvelous adventures.
13-year-old Sarah has just been dropped off with her unsuspecting grandfather on the eve of an important backpacking trip. Tom contemplated postponing this trip to his grandfather Bob-Bob’s grave, but his friends, William and Myra, think Sarah should just go with them. After begrudgingly agreeing to bring Sarah along for this backpacking trip, Tom sets out with the group for what becomes a life changing adventure.
This story within a story discusses interesting cultural legends and the contrasting scientific data. The characters are fleshed out, and the reader can enjoy watching each one grow in his or her own way.
The transition between stories starts out a bit vague, but I got back on track soon enough. Errors are minor, and didn’t really effect my enjoyment of the book.
I recommend this book to fans of outdoor adventure, native legends, and coming of age stories.
Top reviews from other countries
I found this book entertaining, enjoyable and error-free. The author has gone to great lengths to research the history of the places that are used in this book and that effort is noticeable.
I would recommend this book to anybody who enjoys historical fiction with a hint of mysticism.