The Sitka Adventure: Voyage to New Helvetia is based on historical fact but is first and foremost a children's fantasy and adventure story. This rousing tale of whimsy and what-ifs is told by a ten-year-old Miwok Indian boy named Elsu, his father Enyeto, and mother Litonya. It unfolds through the memories of Elsu's grandfather, Liwanu, who is the principal narrator. Over the course of several days, Elsu and his family sit fascinated as Grandpa Liwanu recounts his experiences as a young man on a long-ago trip to Yerba Buena Island in the San Francisco Bay. To reveal the events he witnessed, Grandpa Liwanu draws on Miwok traditions of storytelling, respect for Elders, and their special relationship with animals (whom they regard as brothers and sisters). After hearing Grandpa Liwanu's amazing story, Elsu and his mother and father know that they will never be the same. The Sitka Adventure: Voyage to New Helvetia is meant to encourage young readers to imagine a world in which animals can talk and reason, act compassionately, and work together even when others might appear different from or hostile to them. The intrepid animals in this story are challenged by all of this. By the time they are ready to steam back home to Yerba Buena Island, they have learned many life-changing lessons-the most important one being that all creatures, no matter how big or small, can be afraid, yet no matter how big or small, they also can be kind and brave-even in difficult and dangerous situations.
|Barnes & Noble
|8 - 12 Years
About the Author
Shirley Ann Wilson Moore received her Ph.D. in American history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1989. She is Professor Emerita of History at California State University, Sacramento, where she taught American history, specializing in African American history, African American Western history, and the history of African American Western women. In 2019, Dr. Moore's book, Sweet Freedom's Plains: African Americans on the Overland Trails, 1841-1869 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2016), won the Barbara Sudler Award for best non-fiction work on a western American subject authored by a woman. Her first book, To Place Our Deeds: The African American Community in Richmond, California, 1910-1963 (University of California Press, 2000), was the recipient of the Richmond Museum's Historical Preservation Award (2000). Her second book, African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 (University of Oklahoma Press, 2003), co-edited with Quintard Taylor, received the American Library Association's CHOICE Award (2004).
Sonya St. Mary surrounds herself with the love of family and friends and is delighted by her role as mother and grandmother. She enjoys travel, music and gardening. Her previous career included working in the California State Foster Care system and other social programs.Through a serendipitous meeting, Sonya met historian/author Shirley Moore and Shirley's beloved late husband, Joe. Given this association, Sonya was excited to join the writing team with her husband, Andrew, and friend Shirley drafting The Sitka Adventure.