Hannah's Journey

Hannah's Journey

by Carmen Peone

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781548985059
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 09/19/2017
Pages: 238
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Carmen Peone lives on the Colville Confederated Indian Reservation in Northeast Washington with her tribal member husband. She has worked with elder Marguarite Ensminger learning the Sinixt (Sinyekst) language, culture, and legends.

Peone has worked with youth in the Inchelium School District in the after school program and coaches archery.

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Hannah's Journey 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hannah's Journey is a well written story of a young woman who is caught in the awkward stage of still wanting to be free of responsibility and follow her dream of racing horses and giving up that dream to settle down and learn the duties and responsibilities of being a wife. Her rebellious spirit has her fighting to continue to follow her dream. Her journey to become the best horse racer leads her in a direction that will leave the reader wondering if she will give up or continue trying to prove that she can do both.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Journey is a Smooth Western Two-Step Hannah’s Journey is a coming-of-age story about a defiant young girl who seeks to follow her heart’s desires. The story takes the reader on Hannah’s struggle for equality and dignity as she fights for the right to race horses with the boys. Details of tribal culture, food and daily life brong to life what it was like to be a young Native American in southwestern Washington in 1870, forced to share the land with white settlers. The story is more powerful because while these young people attend to the serious business of survival, they retain a playfulness and humor that is contagious and entertaining. This story flows like a western two-step; the pacing is as memorizing as the story. Clearly Carmen Peone lives within the culture she writes about, because the story is shaded with authenticity. Subtle back-story devises create a desire to read the entire series, but the story feels complete on its own. Subtle mention of sex and reproduction is expressed through the point of view of the young protagonist. Appropriate for YA readers, and adults who seek a deeper understanding of Indian culture. I don't read YA so I may be shortchanging the book. If there was a 4.5, that's what I would have given it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got an Advanced Reader Copy free of charge - and was delighted for the opportunity to get read it. I am not an expert on Young Adult books - so this book might deserve a "5" - what I liked (as an adult) about this story was that it bridged the cultures between white and Native American - used the Native American language, portray the protagonist as a girl who broke stereotypes and was supported (in varying degrees while doing so) and had horses! What I think is important about this book beyond the two cultures is the fact that Hannah matured through out the arc of the book. It struck me as a true, believable story - I didn't always find her actions as willful as the people surrounding her in the story - but that's OK! I would recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Told with vivid description and accurate cultural details, Carmen Peone, takes the reader on an unforgettable journey with 16-year-old Hannah as she struggles with family criticism and the disapproval of those who do not believe a white girl should cross the cultural and gender boundaries to race against the boys at a Sinyekst Indian Village near where she lives. Hannah’s stubbornness and determination are her worst enemies and also her greatest assets as she overcomes the difficulties of living in the wilderness of Washington State in the 1870’s. Horses, young love, and the wavering emotions of a teenage girl keep the reader engaged and wondering about the outcome. In the end, it is Hannah’s inner soul searching that helps to resolve her family problems and make peace within herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hannah’s Journey is a wonderful book that warms your heart about a girl’s journey through life. It takes place in the past and showcases tough choices a teenage girl becoming an adult would have to make. It bridges the two worlds from that time, settlers and Native Americans. I love that Hannah is a strong wild spirited character but realizes that her decisions do affect other people. She is surrounded by family that loves her but that makes her feel held down and suffocated. The author does an amazing job of describing and bringing to life all the horses, which is a huge part of Hannah’s life, in this story. At times the story is a bit wordy and slow but then it speeds up and makes you want to keep reading. There are a couple of confusing parts where I had to read it again to understand what was going on. My favorite part though was Hannah and Wind Chaser’s relationship and this made me want to read another book about Hannah and what her future may hold with him. I would suggest reading the author three previous books, Change of Heart, Heart of Courage, and Heart of Passions to get background on Hannah’s aunt Spupaleena. Also Delbert’s Weir is the first book in the Gardner Sibling Trilogy about Hannah’s brother.
kathleen61 More than 1 year ago
Hannah Gardner is searching. She thinks she has life all figured out for herself, but she doesn't know quite what it is that has her becoming defiant and confused. In Carmen Peone's latest book, Hannah's Journey, you will follow Hannah in her struggle to grow up that knows no cultural bounds. She wants to be an equal with the boys, but her rebellious spirit is sadly pulling her away from her parents. Hannah goes on a quest for purpose, running away from her village and eventually listening to her adoptive Indian Aunt. Set in the 1800's, this is a story that crosses cultures and generations. It is a book that keeps you intrigued with Hannah's struggle to come to terms with becoming a woman. Although Carmen raised sons, she has captured the heart of a girl going through growing pains. This is an exceptional read for anyone, Middle School age to adult.
klynwurth More than 1 year ago
Carmen Peone’s Hannah’s Journey starts out fast and rough, like its main character, a 19th-Century ranch girl named Hannah Gardner. Hannah’s life journey in northeast Washington territory is challenging, as she longs to race horses in Sinyekst tribal competitions. Hannah also struggles with whether, or how, to seek God’s will in her unfolding future. Hannah is a rough-and-tumble sixteen-year-old who can hold her own with the Native boys who try to intimidate her out of racing, and I immediately loved her. She’s not afraid to throw an elbow or a punch, and yet, this makes it hard for her to reconcile with her mother’s and father’s more traditional expectations of womanhood, and the life course they want her to follow into marriage and family. Her relationship with her adopted aunt, Spupaleena, is touching but real, and never sentimental, as the older woman isn’t afraid to do what’s best for her young charge. Hannah’s first love is a fruit of her willfulness and innocence, and is compelling for that reason; Hannah sees love as a way to get what she wants, but doesn’t think things through. The story keeps you wondering if she’ll decide her life too early, or make a wiser choice. Heart-thumping action and realistic conflict keep the pages turning, and the characters ring deep and true. A good story for strong-hearted boys and girls, and for the ones who dream of being that way, Hannah’s Journey is a top-notch Christian YA novel, gently delivering the idea that it’s a good thing to have a dream, but a life of faith isn’t simply a matter of self-determination and getting your own way. Never preachy, this novel will entertain and inspire the young people who read it, to consider their dreams and life choices. A great read, and I highly recommend!
Claudia Spacek More than 1 year ago
In our youth, we all dream about our future and what it could look like. Carmen Peone takes us to Northeast Washington and the Colville Indian Reservation where young Hannah Gardner dreams of being a horse racing champion. Hannah learns from the best, family friend Spupaleena. Hannah’s parents had other plans for, of course, like many of us. This challenges us to seek a mentor like Spupaleena, who overcame her own challenges as a youth. After the rigor of training Hannah put her talents to the test against her archrival Wind Chaser. Hannah learned that we should all have dreams that could become a reality. Hannah’s journey ended back at home with her parents. She was still that spunky girl that her parents wanted her to be, yet gained greater understanding of herself. Each of us will never know what we are capable of accomplishing until we strike out on our own to pursue our dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful coming of age book set in northeastern Washington that isn't just for the young. The decisions Hannah needs to make on her journey to mature are as relevant today as they were is the book setting. What a delightful look into Native American culture and how it impacts this young girl. Can't wait for the next book!