Meet Kaya: An American Girl (American Girls Collection Series: Kaya #1)

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Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare Steps High. Her father warns her that the horse isn't ready, but when a pesky boy insults Steps High, Kaya accepts his challenge to race. As they ride, Kaya loses sight of her little brothers. Her carelessness earns her a nickname that her friends won't let her forget.

In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percâe Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can ...

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Kaya dreams of racing her beautiful mare Steps High. Her father warns her that the horse isn't ready, but when a pesky boy insults Steps High, Kaya accepts his challenge to race. As they ride, Kaya loses sight of her little brothers. Her carelessness earns her a nickname that her friends won't let her forget.

In 1764, when Kaya and her family reunite with other Nez Percâe Indians to fish for the red salmon, she learns that bragging, even about her swift horse, can lead to trouble. Includes historical notes on the Nez Percâe Indians.

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Native American Kaya, an appealing addition to the American Girls Collection, could be described justly as the first American girl. This adventurous 18th-century Nez Perce girl loves horses, but that love proves to be her temporary undoing. An inviting launch for a captivating character.
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The American Girls Collection welcomes a new character: Kaya, a member of the Nez Perce tribe. Billed as the "first" American Girl, Kaya's story takes place in 1764, before European-Americans made their way to the Pacific Northwest. The series, written in consultation with the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, includes six titles by Janet Shaw, illus. by Bill Farnsworth. The first, Meet Kaya, introduces Kaya as she and her horse take part in a dangerous bareback race and she leaves her twin brothers unattended. The boys wander off, and Kaya faces punishment by her people. Kaya's Escape!; Kaya's Hero; Kaya and Lone Dog; Kaya Shows the Way; and Changes for Kaya will be released simultaneously. Each contains a "Looking Back" section, with photographs, that provides historical details about the Nez Perce tribe. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Kaya, a Nez Perce girl living in 1764, is the newest in the "American Girl" historical fiction series from the Pleasant Company. There are 8 girls altogether, each living through a different period in American history, from 1764 to 1944. There are six short novels featuring each girl and each includes several pages of documents, illustrations or photos and information about the period. Meet Kaya, is devoted to the Nez Perce lifestyle and culture, their homeland in what is now Oregon, Washington and Idaho, and their encounter with the Lewis and Clark expedition and later white settlers. There is a short glossary of Nez Perce words that are used throughout the book. Kaya is an adventurous nine-year-old who is very proud of her horse, Steps High. She creates problem for herself and her peers when she becomes boastful and irresponsible, but she later earns back the respect of her family and even the feisty young boy Fox Tail when she saves the life of a young blind girl. The story has more dramatic moments and suspense than some of the previous American girl books and it shows young readers the life of Native Americans when it was full, proud and nearly untouched by Europeans. Only Kaya's grandmother remembers that her pockmarked face is due to the smallpox brought by early white traders. There is enough excitement in the book to hold the interest of diverse readers, boys and girls alike, with special appeal for young horse lovers. There are also numerous opportunities to generate thoughtful discussion about respect for elders, the individual's role in the community, and the historical interactions between Native Americans and whites. 2002, Pleasant Company,
— Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584854234
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/28/2003
  • Series: American Girl Collection Series: Kaya , #1
  • Pages: 76
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.52 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Table of Contents

Kaya's Family and Friends
Chapter 1 Let's Race! 1
Chapter 2 Switchings! 17
Chapter 3 Courtship Dance 37
Chapter 4 Rescued from the River 52
Looking Back 61
Glossary of Nez Perce Words 70
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  • Posted October 20, 2010

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    Let's step back in time to 1764. Open the door and look into the past. We go back to a time when Native Americans lived by hunting and gathering to acquire daily food. In this novel we meet Kaya and her family {including her father (Toe-Ta); her mother (Eetsa); her older sister (Brown Deer); her younger twin brothers (Wing Feather & Sparrow); her father's parents (Kalutsa & Aalah); Speaking Rain; Steps High (her horse); Raven and Fox Tail}. Kaya learns many lessons in this well developed and intriguing storyline; in the storyline is the 1805 Lewis & Clark expedition. In the section titled "Looking Back 1764, A Peek Into The Past" readers will learn fascinating facts about the Nez Perce Indians and their lives. This section is rich with culture, traditions, and history. All of this is between the covers of "Meet Kaya: An American Girl 1764", the first book in the Kaya series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2007

    Overall Awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I think 'Meet Kaya' is great! It was one of the first American Girl books that I've read. I read it in first grade, but didn't really understand becuse I had no background knowledge on Native Americans. But I reread it during the summer of 2nd grade and guess what...? I understood it! I love American Girl so I have almost all the books except the Julie series, some be your best books, and the brand-new books. I read at least 1 of them each day. They are so great that I've read each of them about 5 times! That's why I gave it 5 stars: American Girl Rocks! I hope you read the American Girl series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2005

    SUCKS!!!!!!

    i really think i fell aslep in the first minet of the book!! it is the most boring begining ever known to man kind!!! i hate how it has no plot!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2003

    This is a great book!!!

    Are you a girl who is interested in learing about the history of Native Americans? Well if you are, this book is perfect for you! It's about a Nez Perce girl named Kaya, growing up in 1764. Kaya has a strong spirit and a good heart growing up so long ago. Meet Kaya was the first American Girl book i had ever read, and I just love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2014

    LOVE it !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    When i read it i wanted to read it over and over, i highly recomed this book:-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2014

    :)

    This is the best book ever
    *kisses nook*
    Ppl should rlly read this book.

    If u love amarican girls u should rlly get the other ones!!!!!!!! ;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Get a free ipad!!!!!!!!!

    Kiss your hand ,post this on three diffrent books,and look under your pillow:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2014

    Really good dtails

    I realy liked this book with all of the details.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2013

    :)

    Awesome! ~giggles~

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    $7 or $6

    You who said im not paying $7 its $5.99

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2013

    Oh yay!

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2013

    Well

    I llike kaya and american girl but this is ridic!!!
    Almost 7$ for an E BOOK!!!!
    For 7$ you can buy the actual book!!!
    Its a short book, like 50 pages, and its not worth it!!!
    Here american girl goes again, only caring about how much money they get.
    WELL IM NOT PAYING SEVEN DOLLARS FOR THIS BOOK

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Bloody over priced

    Gooooooood book i got the whole series in books at barns and noble. It was for like $12:) that is wap

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    Favorite

    Awsume you that said it sucks whatever. you have to love this thing. Kaya :) luv it :) :) :) :) :) its not :( its :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2008

    My favorate

    Kaya is my favorate American Girl. She is different from the others, being an Indian, or Native American. Kaya, or kayatonmy, as her full name is, is a lively New Perce girl, who loves horses and all animals and hopes to be a warrior women like Swan Circling, her hero. I like Kaya because shes different. My favorate kaya book is Kayas escape. I hated it when I grew to old to be reading American Girl books! I have five american girl dolls, Samantha, Nellie, who used to be my favorate, Felicity, who was given to me by my neighbor, my own american girl doll Nature, and Kirsten. So I hope you enjoy the American girl books!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2004

    alright

    i love all all the other books in american girl series, i thought kaya seemed hard for the age group it was recommanded for. but i did how ever enjoy it. but i dont think a 7yr old would follow especially the look in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2003

    I am a big Kaya fan

    I thought this book was incredible. Meet Kaya educational and fun at the same time. I really recamend this book for kids of all ages. When I read Meet Kaya I felt like I was inside her world. That is why I give Meet Kaya 5 stars. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2003

    This book was really good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I got the Kaya Boxed set on Christmas, but just started reading it this summer. I think they were all worth 5 stars! Meet Kaya starts out with Kaya watching her mischivous twin brothers Wing Feather and Sparrow. Her father says that her hourse Steps High Isn't ready to race yet. But when a rude boy makes fun of Steps High and challenges Kaya to race.Kaya can't help but to except the challenge, but when she gets back And has to find her Brothers. She has to face all the children being whiped by the whipwomen for her terible mistake, and not to mention a nickname the children will never let her forget.A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2002

    A new world of adventure

    I've loved the American Girl series since the beginning, and with Kaya the series takes on a completely new dimension. Not only do we get a great story, but we get to learn about a different and wonderful culture that makes Kaya, in my mind, my favorite American Girl of all.

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    Posted March 5, 2011

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