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Soldier Sister, Fly Home (Hardcover)
Like horseback riding down a steep red canyon, the pace of this book is both beautiful and gripping as it immerses the reader in Navajo culture. It tells the story of Tess, a 13 year-old Navajo girl, and her relationship with her older sister who was just deployed to Iraq, her Native American grandmother, and herself, as well as her adventure with a special horse named Blue. Filled with searing descriptions of nature, horses and her Navajo family, Tess seeks answers to hard questions, including her identity with one white and one Native American parent. At a time when bridges to Native American culture for all children are so important, Solder Sister, Fly Home provides a poignant story of family, abandonment, horses, identity and self-confidence. I bought this unforgettable book not just for myself, but also for my animal-loving nephew and powerful young niece.— From Batya's Picks
A tender and gripping novel about family, identity, and loss. Thirteen-year-old Tess is having a hard enough time understanding what it means to be part white and part Navajo, but now she's coping with her sister Gaby's announcement that she's going to enlist and fight in the Iraq war. Gaby's decision comes just weeks after the news that Lori Piestewa, a member of their community, is the first Native American woman in US history to die in combat, adding to Tess's stress and emotions. While Gaby is away, Tess reluctantly cares for her sister's semi-wild stallion, Blue, who will teach Tess how to deal with tragic loss and guide her own journey of self-discovery. Lori Piestewa was a real-life soldier who was killed in Iraq and was a member of the Hopi tribe. Back matter includes further information about Piestewa as well as a note by author Nancy Bo Flood detailing her experiences living on the Navajo reservation. A pronunciation guide to all Navajo vocabulary used within the text is also included.
About the Author
Nancy Bo Flood was a research psychologist and studied brain development at the University of Minnesota and the University of London before writing books for children. She has a special interest in legends and folklore. Her titles include Warriors in the Crossfire (Boyds Mills) and Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo (WordSong). Nancy lives in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.