“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)
“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