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Vicki Hessel Werkley
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"In a display of pluck and determined resistance to her kidnappers, Carrie
McEdan becomes Girl-on-Fire, the name her Comanche captor, Blackhorse,
gives her in the summer of 1874. It is Carrie’s luck to be the
manifestation of a dream and that enables her to survive, as does her
openness to learning the language and custom of a new people.
I could not put that book down! In some ways it was like a sexy romance
story. And on the other hand it had sudden twists and turns. All the
surprises when you think you have it figured out! Couldn't believe all
the things that happened. It seemed to be very authentic. It was most
Rarely do books written by non-Indians find approval with Native Americans, but Werkley's respectful research and attention to detail have earned her the cooperation and esteem of the Comanche people who assisted her, two of whom say....
"Girl-On-Fire is a superbly written book . . . extraordinarily accurate about
the daily life and responsibilities of Comanche women and with the Comanche
language appropriately used. Vicki Werkley has done an outstanding job in her
research of the Comanche People. I give this book two thumbs up!"
"Girl-On-Fire was a pleasure! The closest book I have read to capturing the
true essence of Comanche Women!"
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From the review for Girl-On-Fire (by Vicki Hessel Werkley): "The strength of
this book is in the rich details of Native American culture in the 1870s.
The smell of wood smoke and simmering stews; the 'tidy efficiency' of
a tepee with its inner drape, rawhide trunks, and willow-slat beds;
and the sounds of the language and songs all encourage readers to experience
the human complexities of tribal life. Even teens reluctantly fulfilling
a dreaded historical fiction assignment should become caught up in the
protagonist's bittersweet adventure with a people who will soon face
many tragic losses of their own."
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