Navajo Summer

Overview

Navajo Summer (P) At the age of twelve, the author put a change of clothes into a backpack, hitched a ride to the bus station, and headed out on her own for Navajo country. Her family was falling apart, and she ran away to the place she felt safest. Now, over forty years later, she has woven the events of that summer into a fictionalized memoir. Young Jamie stays with the Wilsons, a Navajo family she knows from horse-trading trips with her father. The Wilsons react to her arrival first with surprise and then warm...
See more details below
Available through our Marketplace sellers.
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (10) from $1.99   
  • New (2) from $52.45   
  • Used (8) from $1.99   
Close
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
$52.45
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(258)

Condition:

New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New
Brand New Item.

Ships from: Chatham, NJ

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
$60.00
Seller since 2014

Feedback rating:

(135)

Condition: New
Brand new.

Ships from: acton, MA

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Close
Sort by
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Navajo Summer (P) At the age of twelve, the author put a change of clothes into a backpack, hitched a ride to the bus station, and headed out on her own for Navajo country. Her family was falling apart, and she ran away to the place she felt safest. Now, over forty years later, she has woven the events of that summer into a fictionalized memoir. Young Jamie stays with the Wilsons, a Navajo family she knows from horse-trading trips with her father. The Wilsons react to her arrival first with surprise and then warm acceptance. During the course of the summer, Jamie takes part in a Blessingway ceremony, accepts a challenge from a Navajo girl for a horseback race, and develops a friendship with Jake, the Wilson son closest to her in age. The first-person narrative depicts Jamie's love of the southwestern landscape as well as the inner workings of her mind. Ms. Dewey has written a powerfully moving novel that captures a child's courage in the face of deep personal sadness as well as a single-minded determination to find a sense of peace and wholeness in the world.

Upset at her parents' impending divorce, twelve-year-old Jamie runs away from home to live with a Navajo family that she befriended on earlier trips to the desert country with her father.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Gisela Jernigan
How the summer of 1953 becomes a turning point in the life of twelve-year-old Jamie, is the subject of this sequel to the autobiographical novel, Cowgirl Dreams. Devastated by the impending break-up of her abusive family, Jamie hops a bus to runaway to the only stable, caring family she knows well, the Wilsons, a Navajo family near Chinle, in northeastern Arizona. Jamie is accepted by the Wilsons and others, and spends part of the summer camping in beautiful Canyon de Chelly. There she experiences emotional growth and healing and is able to face and accept the drastic changes in her life. Many traditional Navajo values and customs are woven into the story in a natural, appealing way. An author's note and map are included.
Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
Running from a despairing mother and an angry father who are in the process of divorcing, twelve-year-old Jamie heads for a place where earlier in her life she has known safety - Navajo country. Here she finds a home for the summer with a family with whom her father has traded horses in years past. They offer her quiet and unconditional acceptance, and through the summer she is able to find and face her role in the world. Dewey's descriptive narrative is loving and strong. The reader is drawn into the world of Canyon de Chelly, and the lives of the people who have "woven themselves into the landscape...in the same way a bird uses silk from a spider's web to make a nest stronger." The resolution is a little abrupt, but on the whole, this is a gentle, moving book.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-In 1953, 12-year-old Jamie takes charge of her life when she runs away from her divorcing parents, a distant mother and an abusive father. She arrives on the doorstep of a Navajo family she has known for years and they willingly allow her to join them for the summer at their camp in Canyon de Chelly, AZ. Jamie becomes part of the community and finds a sort of peace. Her sense of loneliness and alienation from her family, temporarily at bay, reemerge when she meets Michelle, an angry native girl her age. Running again, Jamie embarks on an impromptu, personal vision quest and decides to trust Michelle and befriend her. When she is permitted to witness a Blessingway ceremony, Jamie gains a further sense of peace and balance, allowing her to leave the canyon and face the future her parents have arranged for her. This story, based on the author's experiences, reads more like a well-plotted original tale than an autobiographical expression of angst and growth. It is a continuation of Cowgirl Dreams (Boyds Mills, 1995) but stands well on its own. The writing is smooth and compelling, carrying readers along with Jamie, sharing her uncertainties, fears, hopes, and relationships. The author has also provided decorative illustration in the form of Native American rock-art symbols. The softly edged images are intriguing and charming. An excellent choice with myriad themes: Navajo culture, coming-of-age, life in a troubled family, friendship, and growth of trust.-Darcy Schild, Schwegler Elementary School, Lawrence, KS
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563978555
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.51 (w) x 8.26 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2004

    Ok Not Great But Good

    I had to read this book for school. I was really interested at first on it but then when I started to read it, it turned out to be an ok book. It was nothing outrageous. Some things that are just so boring are that Jamie¿s parents always get in fights and it is just the stupidest book ever. One pf the good parts in the book is when she runs away and when she goes to the canyon. Both things that she went through were described very well. I thought I would have liked this book because my parents are divorced and I thought I could relate to Jamie but I really can't. If I was a teacher and had to decide what books the children could read I¿m sure this would be one of them.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2003

    Stupid!!

    This book Navajo Summer is taken place at Canyon de Chelly and this place is where Navajos live. The book Navajo Summers was so, so boring in fact it was so stupid, that¿s why my title is stupid. There some parts in this book that I liked and those have to do with adventurous things. One part I liked in this book is when the main character runs off and she hitch hikes to a Navajo Canyon and on her way she really has some adventurous happenings. That¿s why I liked part of the book. The one most absoultely Part I HATED was when the main charaters (Jamie) parents get into fights and when they get into fights, and that¿s what makes Jamie run away from home. This book Navajo Summer relates to another book but I don¿t remember the title. The book had the same concept but it did not have anything to do with a Navajo family. I rate Navajo Summer for only 2 stars. I would recommend this book to a person who likes to take time in their reading and somebody who likes slow books.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)