EARLY PRAISE FOR BOOK TWO–RED DOVE, TELL TRUTH TO DARKNESS:
“Such a wonderful book telling the story of Red Dove a teenage Indian girl who joins wild Buffalo Bill’s travelling show to tell the truth about what really happened to her people. Whilst Buffalo Bill portrayed a different story.
Me and my 9 year old daughter read this book between us and she loved every minute of it. She told me she especially loved learning Red Doves language and her spiritual magic. The book was packed with excitement and action that every child loves. The story made her want to go to bed earlier to read more and to read it when she woke up just to see what happened next. The story is pack full of those hidden lessons and morals that us parents love to see , allowing the child to learn things without even knowing it.
Having only read the second book in this trilogy I didn’t in the least find it confusing or made to feel like we have missed something important.
Straight away we connected with the characters and the story. This book is brilliant for both boys and girls from aged 8 to young adult and not forgetting us adults who love reading this children’s books we wished we had when we were younger.
We throughly enjoyed every minute of the wonderful tale and look forward to reading the other books from this author.”
Claire Lavin, Netgalley Reviewer
“If you have a middle grade reader who likes historical fiction that has the ability to teach powerful lessons I highly recommend Red Dove Tell Truth to the Darkness.
I give this book five out of five stars! Happy Reading!”
Michelle Kidwell, Random Ramblings of a Reader and Writer Blogspot, Netgalley Reviewer
“I appreciate that this book makes it easy to pick up even if you have not read the first book in the series. They do an excellent job of refreshing your memory and bringing the details of the previous tale in. I also appreciate that it is clearly grounded deeply in Lakota tradition and does not gloss over the harsh reality of how white colonizers treated Lakota and other tribes, whether it was on reservations, in boarding schools, or other places. The level of reading is accessible to mid- and upper elementary students. I did find the flashbacks to be disconcerting, often interrupting the flow of the story for me personally. Others may really enjoy the context they add.”
Audra Vanderland, Netgalley Reviewer
“How could I resist that cover (even it is the second book in a trilogy and I haven’t read the first one?)? That’s one heck of a cute girl and pony.
We meet Red Dove at a residential school in Dakota Territory in 1891 (and oof, isn’t that timely with the recent discoveries of mass graves at North American residential schools). There’s clearly some backstory I’m missing from the first book, but it’s easy to pick up what’s going on and the plot doesn’t hang around. Red Dove is quickly on her way to Europe with Buffalo Bill’s travelling show.
I loved Red Dove’s voice and her determined connection to her Lakota culture. This book doesn’t shy away from the violence inflicted on the Lakota (and other indigenous peoples) by the white colonists and really highlights Red Dove’s struggles to balance her identity and desire to tell the truth with her need to earn money to keep her family alive.
Red Dove’s pony, Winchinchala, doesn’t feature much in the story after they reach Europe but don’t let the lack of horses put you off – this is wonderful historical fiction for younger readers with a wise and brave Lakota protagonist.”
Paperback Ponies, Netgalley Reviewer
“In a time when we Americans are finally becoming aware of the injustices committed against our black and brown citizens, this book is an ideal read for young people. It personalizes the native stories of the Little Bighorn and its subsequent aftermath in our indigenous communities. Red Dove is brave but unsure of herself as she navigates a world changing rapidly from one which her people no longer command to now being controlled by anglo forces from afar.. She is also navigating early adulthood as a mixed race girl where her decisions have lasting consequences to both herself and her native family. Her guiding voice is that of her Lakota grandfather who admonishes her to always tell truth and have faith in her own abilities, a skill she gradually grows confident in.
The story is compelling to the end, unfolding events and locations rapidly. It introduces characters both sympathetic and not. Conflict arises from lack of cultural understanding coupled with antoginistic disinterest on the part of the conquerors. We are even now in the 21st century seeing the results of the misguided Indian boarding schools which attempted to destroy native culture.
Red Dove is a well drawn character who should be appealing to both male and female readers.. The late 1800’s are a compelling time period and Red Dove’s fictional insertion into Buffalo Bill’s Western show a perfect platform to introduce Red Dove to the larger American society so different from the world she grew up in. I look forward to reading the last of the trilogy to find out how she lands.”
Marie Reynolds, Netgalley Reviewer
“Red Dove: Tell Truth to Darkness continues Red Dove’s page-turning adventures in the dangerous American West and in Europe of the 1890s. You’ll find yourself rooting for this plucky Lakota teenager as she faces danger, stands up against injustice, and confronts the mysteries of her ancestors. Beautifully written and full of engaging characters, this is a tale to treasure. Anyone who’s ever found growing up and fitting in complicated, will find echoes of themselves in this book.”
Gabi Coatsworth, Netgalley Reviewer
PRAISE FOR BOOK ONE–RED DOVE, LISTEN TO THE WIND:
“Red Dove” is as full of ideas as it is of action. It is a lively, sensitive portrayal of a young woman who traverses cultures at a pivotal time in history.”
—Rachel Jagareski, ForeWord Reviews (Read full review)
“Historical fiction that does not shy away from the terror and famine experienced by the Lakotas, late 1890. Indian folklore, mysticism, family dynamics all enrich this story.”
—Ann Lacefield, Macdonald’s Bookshop
“Red Dove is a respectful and loving portrayal of a young Lakota girl growing up during the turmoil of the late 1800’s. Her spunky and courageous nature is demonstrated in her tale of a time when all Native children were forcibly taken to boarding schools, hundreds of miles away from their home. I recommend this book as a captivating story that needs to be told to young and old alike.”
—Mary Puthoff, educator and Program Specialist
Title VI American Indian Education Program
“Red Dove is a thirteen-year-old Native American girl whose father is wasichu (anglo) whom she’s never met. While she has inherited gray eyes from her father, her heritage and her heart is with her mother’s people, the Lakota.
“When she’s taken from her home and put into a school operated by nuns, Red Dove must withstand harsh treatment and try to make sense of their foreign ways. Her grandfather, a powerful medicine man, has provided her with a magical pouch that allows her to see and feel what others can’t. This helps her survive, it guides her through the misery that is Wounded Knee, and even opens the eyes of those who are the cruelest and most misguided in their treatment of her.
“In her journey between two very different worlds, she meets some anglos with good hearts, she discovers the truth about her father, she says farewell to her beloved grandfather, and she comes to understand that it’s up to her to find a place she belongs.
“This was a touching story of bravery and endurance in the face of injustice, and one that will be appreciated by young readers who have only read about the Battle at Wounded Knee in textbooks. Told from the perspective of a young Lakota girl, it makes the history of this period very real and accessible, and it sheds light on the discrimination by the white settlers toward the native people of North America. Red Dove will be a great addition to a school library.”
—C. Lee McKenzie, Author of Alligators Overhead and other middle-grade and young adult books
“Vivid and fast-moving, this tale of a young Lakota girl struggling for her identity and life in the late 1800’s engaged me from the beginning and never let go. It’s a hero’s journey that will inspire every child, male or female, Native American or not. Plus, it is chock-full of surprises, adventures, and actual history. A great read even for an adult.”
—E. Katherine Kerr
Actor, Playwright, Teacher, Seminar Leader, Author of The Four Keys and The Four Principles
“I loved this historical novel. Red Dove, the feisty 13-year-old Lakota girl at its heart, comes to life on the page as she tries to find her place in a changing world after the battle of Wounded Knee. A gift from her grandfather comes to symbolize more than she ever imagined. She uses it to help navigate between her native culture and the world of the white man who seeks to destroy it. But she knows one day she will have to do this alone. Sonia Antaki brings this 19th century world to vivid life, and Red Dove’s adventure-filled journey kept me turning the pages as I watched her coming into her own.”
—Gabi Coatsworth, author of Tangerine Tango
“A rich and utterly captivating portrayal of a transitional time in our nation’s history, and in a brave and spirited Lakota girl’s young life. Growing up in the Dakota Territory during the time of Wounded Knee, Antaki’s Red Dove must learn to travel between worlds – preserving the cultural values, memories and traditions of her tribal Lakota upbringing, while finding her own promising future in the newly-white world spreading across the America west. Thoroughly researched and beautifully written, Red Dove, Listen to the Wind shines a light on history, and on the pain and possibilities that come with change. The book has an epic quality. I can only hope for more!”
—Lori Stewart, author of Travels with JJ and other award-winning books.
“Red Dove is the girl we all wanted to be, when we were growing up. Although Red Dove’s story, Listen to the Wind, takes place 130 years ago and is set against the battle of Wounded Knee, the thirteen year old Latoka girl is a modern day heroine and role model. She is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Stubborn and proud, Red Dove is continually caught between two worlds: the white world and the native, the world of magic and realism, the just and unjust, and the past and the future. Red Dove bravely navigates her way through them. Armed with her magic pouch and her grandfather’s wisdom, she learns the lessons of compassion and empathy along the way.”
—Maggie Hardy, author of Sweater Weather
“Young readers will fall in love with Red Dove, a thirteen year old Lakota girl who must leave her family and tribal way of life during the 1890’s in South Dakota. She has inherited her Grandfather’s gift of Medicine. In spite of losing everything Native and surviving within a foreign culture, she never loses her spirit, nor her compassionate nature. Her goodness will remain with the reader long after the story has ended.”
—G.K.Foster, author of Untouchable
“This is an excellently told tale with absorbing situations and a plucky heroine. Boys and girls equally would enjoy the read.”
–Clare O’Beara, Fresh Fiction