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Wheezer And the Painted Frog (Mysteries From the Trail of Tears Book 1) by [Sutton, Kitty ]
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  • 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
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,870,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When a dog is the hero of a story, what on earth is not to like?!

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.
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This was one of my favourite books of 2011. When I neared the end, I didn't want it to finish. The book opens with a dog running - who is he, where is he running to, where is he running from? From the beginning I was hooked. The background to the story is the plight of the Cherokee and their fight for rights, respect, justice and then pure survival. The story takes place after the Trail of Tears and the Long Walk. Although the book is fictional, you feel like history is flowing all around, with descriptions of the plight of the peoples of the Indian Territory. It also made me want to research this important part of history more. Our main characters - Sasa, Wheezer and Jackson - are well drawn, likeable, individual and interesting. The plot is good and well designed. There is a mystery at the heart of the book that keeps the reader wondering, along with tragedy - always in the background is the waste of life that marked this chapter of history. The reader follows the journey of Sasa, the last of her family, through loss and hope, and her search for justice, carried forward by her inner strength and her new companion. Her life entwines with the paths of others in the book, and there are many twists and turns. Characters come to life and struggle with their own problems, passions and ambitions. I found this book a joy to read and I'm hoping that this isn't the end of this story for Sasa, Wheezer, Jackson and friends.
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This is the story of Sasa, a young Cherokee girl and a Jack Russell called Wheezer. Sasa's brother has been murdered and her Cherokee people are not getting the food and provisions they desperately need. Can Sasa and Wheezer get to the bottom of the mystery and solve it?

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!
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I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and fascinating story. I bought the book on a whim because the superb title caught my eye, and I am glad I did.To my shame, I know comparatively little of the rich culture of the native American people's or the shameful history of their displacement. One of the aspects of Wheezer and the Painted Frog that I enjoyed the most was the clever way in which the author, Kitty Sutton, has managed to weave a history lesson into the fabric of what is a delightful mystery novel.... and who can resist a story with an eager and exciting dog as the hero? I will certainly look out for more of Kitty's work
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Based on the title, I thought that Wheezer and the Painted Frog was going to be a story for young readers. I was therefore very surprised to find that it was actually a murder mystery alongside a charming tale of a dog who befriends a sad and lonely little girl, and a young man who falls in love with someone related to the villain of the story. And all of this in encapsulated in the overarching tale of The Trail of Tears, the story of the enforced relocation of the Cherokee people from their traditional tribal lands to land that was worse than useless when it came to providing enough nourishment to sustain people in the long term.
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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