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Now she must leave her beloved New York City and travel with her ailing grandmother to New Mexico to go live with the father she never knew she had- a Navajo Medicine Man. Red Feather ...
Now she must leave her beloved New York City and travel with her ailing grandmother to New Mexico to go live with the father she never knew she had- a Navajo Medicine Man. Red Feather always hoped his daughter would return. He'd been receiving signs of her arrival for days.
Sasha is shocked by the barren Gallup, New Mexico, and vows to return to Manhattan as soon as she can, but when her grandmother dies, she realizes her father Red Feather is the only person she has left in the whole world, and decides to give him a chance.
But things aren't easy. Red Feather lives in a mud Hogan in the middle of nowhere. He teaches Sasha much about the Navajo ways, including things she never knew about herself including her real name, Nascha, meaning Little Owl, and the curse she has of being able to see the dead that comes from her Navajo lineage.
The kids at school have never seen the likes of Nascha before, so after a run in with the school bully Yaz, and a trip to the Principal's office, Nascha must find a way to get along in her strange new world. Nascha and Yaz have another conflict - their parents have been enemies for years.
When Red Feather buries Nascha's grandmother on sacred land, Yaz' father reports him to the Tribal Council. Will they have mercy on the burial or will the family feud drive a further wedge between Nascha and Yaz? And will Nascha's mother ever find peace in the afterlife?
Posted June 14, 2011
After a series of tragedies leaves her without a place to call home, Sasha is sent to live with a father she had believed to be dead. Her father, Red Feather, lives on a Navajo reservation in New Mexico, where he is the tribe's medicine man. Still pained by the hurt of losing her mother and grandmother, Sasha feels like an outsider because she is also half African-American. With the help of her father, Nacsha, as she is now called, learns to hone her ability to see dead people, as well as to develop her skills as the next Navajo healer. Will she stick around New Mexico with her Shaman father, or will Nascha follow in her mother's footsteps and return to New York as soon as she can? Leah Leonard gives readers an inside look at the world of the Navajo in this heartwarming story of hardship and the importance of family. Teens will be engrossed by Nascha's dramatic transformation, and entertained until the very last page.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.