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Yakimali's Gift by [Linda Covella]

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Yakimali's Gift Kindle Edition

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Length: 230 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 13 - 18
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Editorial Reviews


"Linda Covella brings the early settlement of California tolife in this tale of adventure, drama, romance, and mystery...The novel is fullof imagination and wisdom and speaks to the universal need of young people torebel and to find the courage to invent their own lives."
- Dr. Virginia M. Bouvier, author of Women and the Conquest of California

"Historical fiction buffs will delight in Linda Covella's depiction of Yakimali and the eclectic group of travelers who join her on her journey. Rich in culture, and resplendent with vivid depictions of the arduous trek, Yakimali's Gift is sure to be loved by readers young and old.Yakamali's Gift is recommended for home and school libraries."
-Literary Classics

"Covella's lean, engaging narrative [and] extensive research into the culture and society of the Spanish-settled New World is worked seamlessly into a very human story in which Fernanda's quest to understand her mother's Pima ancestry gradually takes center stage."
~ Historical Novel Society

"What a delight! Set in 1775, "Yakimali's Gift" shines light on a little-known part of history and invites the reader to experience it first hand. Ms. Covella does a beautiful job crafting a three-dimensional story that brings the reader on a colorful cultural adventure. The feel of the material, the smell of the fires, the anticipation of the unknown, the sorrow of loss, the sensations of first love--all await the reader of "Yakimali's Gift." Armed with her engaging story, Covella invites the reader to step into a time gone by and live it."
~InD'Tale Magazine, Sponsor of RONE Awards
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From the Author

I want to thank my readers. You're the reason I spin mystories. I hope with Yakimali's Gift you're transported to another time andplace while finding something of yourself in Fernanda's story.
I learned about the Anza expedition when I was researching astory about children telling how and why their ancestors settled in the UnitedStates. When I decided to write Yakimali's Gift and delved into the research, Iwas fascinated to learn that the colonization occurred during the time of theAmerican Revolution and some seventy years before the often-told story of theeast-to-west migration of pioneers. This further inspired me to write aboutthis little known, but important, part of California and U.S. history.
I was shocked to learn that several women chose to take thejourney even though they were in advanced stages of pregnancy. I wanted to knowmore about the women and their children, who made up more than half the numberof colonists. Why had they left their homes to emigrate to California? I beganto imagine--and research--what life was like on that first march along the Anzatrail, and the story of Fernanda and her journey was born.
Just as we see today, there were race issues in 18th centuryMexico, New Spain, and that interested me as well in writing my story. Mostpeople of mixed heritage (typically Spanish and Indian) wished to be namedSpaniard. Those with the "purest" Spanish blood enjoyed many societalprivileges, thus people often claimed to have more Spanish ancestry than theyactually did.

Fernanda's story is one of discovery: her place in theSpanish world and in the Pima Indian world, her views on race and religion, herconnection to family. And as a teenage girl curious about love and romanticrelationships, she discovers that on her journey as well. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

Product details

  • Print Length : 230 pages
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B01B28LNCW
  • Publication Date : November 19, 2015
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • File Size : 1107 KB
  • Publisher : Linda Covella (November 19, 2015)
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Lending : Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 20 ratings