- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 489 KB
- Print Length: 226 pages
- Publisher: Inknbeans Press (13 Sept. 2011)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005N0PTT4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,870,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What an excellent tale from Kitty Sutton. One of fact and fiction, married perfectly to create a story set around the appalling eviction of the Cherokee to new territories, in the nineteenth century.
Vital supplies from government are not reaching these destitute people. Though many--old and young--are dying from the hardship, the death of a little boy is incomprehensible to his older sister, Sasa, who is confused by his dying words. And so, she has a puzzle to solve. Alone--but determined--companionship, protection, and help, arrive in the form of a four-legged assistant: Wheezer, no less. A very smart Jack Russell terrier, who has fled his beloved master in terror when an explosion frightens his whiskers off. When his owner finally catches up with him, Sasa finds another unexpected ally in solving her puzzle and the mystery surrounding a carved painted frog, and together they uncover betrayal, greed, and the reasons why their lifeline is being cut off from them.
The title--and indeed the cover--belies the content of this book. I confess I was expecting a children's story. How wrong was I! There was murder, crime, fraud, mystery, deception, a teensy weensy bit of romance, and adventures aplenty for one very smart little dog. The story is fictional, yes, but the historic Cherokee `Trail of Tears' is not, nor is the intelligence and lovability of Jack Russells. The factual perimeters envelop a compelling story with wonderfully conceived and portrayed characters (how about Mary Walkingstick? Fabulous!). Kitty's research has left no stone unturned and has created a vivid and detailed setting for this easy-to-read and enjoyable novel.
This was a story steeped in history. Based on the Cherokee 'Trail of Tears', where they were moved from their land and made to settle elsewhere, with many Cherokees dying along the way. While this was at it's heart a murder mystery, you could feel the history seeping out of every word. Having 5 principal characters, Wheezer/Jack the Jack Russell, Sasa, Jackson, Arch and Anna - the story focussed on the dwindling supplies for the Cherokee settlers and the murder of Sasa's brother Usti Yansa. The story went along at a fair clip and the descriptions were so vivid, I felt I was there walking in their shoes. I loved the inclusion of Wheezer as a main character. Who couldn't fail to be drawn to a book with a dog as one of the principal players? I understand this is Kitty's debut novel-well it had me gripped to the end and I even shed a tear at the conclusion. Well done Kitty, I am anxiously waiting for the follow up!
I was caught up in the story right from the start, as Wheezer, the dog, is running, terrified, in the wrong direction, away from his owner, but towards a whole new adventure with Sasa, the sad little girl. She is mourning the unexplained death of her only relative, her little brother, and needs someone to be on her side, to help her find out what happens. To find out why the painted frog in the title is important enough for people to die while trying to find it and to find out what it means.
The many different threads in this book are carefully crafted and eventually woven beautifully together to make a story that is exciting, moving and ultimately very satisfying.
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