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Summer of the Ancient: Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves, Book One Paperback – December 5, 2011

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About the Author

Jodi Lea Stewart grew up smelling cedar berries and cattle pens on a mega-acre ranch wedged between the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe Reservation. Her friends were Native American and Hispanic, with a few Anglos thrown in for good measure. A little wild, and definitely crazy, Jodi climbed giant petroglyph-etched boulders, sang to chickens, and galloped the winds of her imagination through the arroyos and mountains of the Arizona high country.
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Product Details

  • Series: Girl of Many Scarves (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group; 1 edition (December 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935098888
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935098881
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,501,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stewart, Jodi Lea (2011-11-29). Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT (Kindle Locations 1531-1534). Bascom Hill Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

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.
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I live in Arizona and Native American history is prevalent everywhere; but It has always been an interest that I have not pursued. Jodi has done a wonderful job of bringing us into their way of life and customs. She has also made us aware that the thoughts and interests of young girl are similar no matter what their race or background. Silki's mind is full of the same fears and her heart feels the same hurts.

I know I will read the sequel and thanks Jodi.

Don Bueltmann
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I borrowed this book from my Public Library. The nice bright cover intrigued me. A girl and her horse get me every time :-).

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!

Recommended.
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Silki, Girl of Many Scarves: Summer of the Ancient is the kind of book I wouldn't ordinarly read. I haven't been a "young adult" for a long time, and I don't read "girlie" books. I was curious to see how Jodi Stewart handled a somewhat complex premise, told it from the perspective of a young girl, and managed to raise it above a market crowded with books that all sound similar.

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.
D.B. Jackson
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I just LOVED Silki, the Girl of Many Scarves: Summer of the Ancient. It is so full of meaning and lessons for youngsters. I think a major problem with todays youth is they have no one to model. This book affirms and reaffirms respect for elders, not to interrupt conversations, know what is right from wrong, and so much more.
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.
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I'm so thankful I picked-up this book to fill a reading blank in-between some heavy duty tomes on my reading pile. This is such a delightful story and Silki is unique and charming. I haven't read a great deal of YA, but Silki the Girl of Many Scarves is a good reminder of what I've been missing. Quick reading (which I really appreciated since my reading time is so limited) thoroughly likable characters, captivating setting, and a grand adventure holding it all together. I especially loved learning tidbits about Navajo traditions and culture that are skillfully interspersed throughout. And Silki herself; unique, funny, and genuine, is just the variety of intriguing character this reader is more than prepared to follow off into her next adventure.
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