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Summer of the Ancient: Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves, Book One Paperback – December 5, 2011
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Magic, Menace, Mystery
I am impressed with Ms Stewart's control of the landscape in Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves. I'm equally impressed with her command of character description. Set in the Southwest, this YA novel is rich with detail about an area full of magic and mystery. As Silki, the protagonist explores her world, we see it with clear eyes--Concho Mountain was a small mountain just a fourth of a mile from my house. It had two separate humps called Twin I and Twin II. Birdie and I had permission to explore the north side of Twin I if we didn't go near the steep cliffs marching across the top. We weren't supposed to go on the other side of Twin I, or anywhere on Twin II, until we were older--which continually made me curious. The midway marker of our lawful territory was Weaver Rock, a handsome blue-green boulder covered in lichen on one side. Only Birdie and I knew it was where the rock fairies danced when the moon was full of orange fire.
Those readers familiar with the work of Mary Roberts Rinehart, will see here the Forbidden Room that Rinehart made famous is a dozen novels--the one place the protagonist must never visit--and of course, Silki goes there. I won't spoil the story for you, but be prepared for a little more mystery.
When the landscape comes alive, you're on the cusp of a horror story at worst, a paranormal at best. Here, Ms Stewart leads us into a menacing landscape--Droopy cottonwood trees stooped like old guards over the structure. The roof slumped. A gap by the hinges of the boarded-up door facing east looked like a silent scream. That was scary.Read more ›
I know I will read the sequel and thanks Jodi.
Many book and news reports are saying more adults are now reading YA books. I'm not inclined toward YA, but I'm always interested in a story involving American Indians. Silki the Girl of Many Scarves is a fun story, and the action at the end was really intense. The protagonist, Silki, has a unique and well-written voice; descriptions made each scene visual.
This is a fine story about friendship and family--with a lot of mystery and some Navajo culture included. The lovely illustrations are a plus. If I had YA people in my life, I'd definitely buy this for them!
What a great surprise was in store for me. I loved this book, it's characters, and the authentic voices Jodi Stewart gave to each one. It's a great story, well-written and absolutely engaging from beginning to end...the girls, their horses, the mystery, the intricate plot, and most of all, just the pure pleasure of being able to escape with a book that's fun to read and impossible to put down.
I predict we will see a lot more Jodi Stewart books in the future and her audience will include many many "used-to-be young adults" as well as those who actually are young! Give this one a try. It's a great book by a great author.
Jodi addresses some of the "growing pains" that young adults encounter. It's hard growing up and kids now days do not have the role models they need to learn that the feelings they have are a part of the growing up process. I wish more writers would be role models for our children.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jodi Lea Stewart's Silki - Girl of Many Scarves: Summer of the Ancient was a delightful read through every single page. Read morePublished on March 17, 2012 by Sue Cauhape
Per a recommendation, I bought this book for my teenage daughter and she just loved it. It's compelling, interesting and moves quickly. Read morePublished on January 5, 2012 by Tom Nelson
Silki is a perfect middle grade character -- unusual, believable and likable. The action-filled plot centers around dramatic adventures in the wilderness. Read morePublished on January 4, 2012 by Kindle Customer
This book is great for ALL ages. My 9-year old daughter loves it; I love it. It has a clear, positive message which is unique in today's standard of YA literature. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Sunny Castaneda