Ideal for mature middle grade readers to adult - anyone interested in Native American history. As the People settled into Indian Territory, having survived the forced march, the disease ridden supplies and stolen food, a new and insidious enemy threatened them - an enemy in a jug. A conspiracy between soldiers, shopkeepers and others introduced whiskey to the displaced men, incapacitating them and causing the decay of their burgeoning quality of life in the newly defined Territory. When Sasa and her friends investigate, their lives are threatened. Into this intrigue comes Coyote, half Lakota and half Blackfoot, forced to live on the fringe of society among his mother's people. Dishonored and distrusted, Coyote comes to the Territory to seek answers from other tribes, and from the Creator, to find his purpose in life. One purpose just might be to save Sasa's life. And what about Wheezer's new friend, a wild coyote Sasa calls Yellow Eyes? "Wheezer and the Painted Frog is at once joyous and heartbreaking. You will ache for the suffering, be outraged by the wrongs fascinated by the way of life, identify with Sasa and above all you will love Wheezer. You will look for his spirit in every dog you meet! Good luck and all best wishes Anne" Anne Perry, Author of Acceptable Loss
About the Author
Kitty Sutton was born Kathleen Kelley to an Osage/Irish family. Both sides of her family were from performing families in Kansas City, Missouri and Kitty was trained from an early age in dance, vocal, art and musical instruments. Her father was a Naval band leader. During the Great Depression, her mother helped to support her family by tap dancing in the speakeasys even though she was just a child; she was very tall for her age but made up like an adult. Kitty had music and art on all sides of her family which ultimately helped to feed her imaginative mind and desire to succeed. Kitty married a wonderful Cherokee artist from Oklahoma, in fact the very area that she writes about in her Wheezer series of novels. After raising her family, Kitty came to Branson, Missouri and performed in her own one woman show there for twelve years. To honor her father, she performed under the name Kitty Kelley. She has three music albums and several original songs to her credit and is best known for her comical, feel good song called, It Ain't Over Till The Fat Lady Sings. Kitty has been writing for many years and in 2011 we accepted her manuscript of a historical Native American murder mystery. First in a line of stories featuring Wheezer, a Jack Russell Terrier and his Cherokee friend, Sasa, it is called, Wheezer And The Painted Frog. Kitty lives in the southwestern corner of Missouri near Branson with her husband of 40 years and her three Jack Russell Terriers, one of which is the real and wonderful Wheezer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is the second in the series of books featuring Cherokee Sasa and her doggy friend Wheezer. This time they are trying to solve the mystery of who is selling whiskey to the Cherokees. With the help of Coyote, a half Lakota, half Sioux and a wild coyote Sasa has named Yellow eyes - it's not long before she finds herself over her head and in very real danger. With two Native Indians already dead, can Sasa and Wheezer solve the mystery before anymore lives are lost? I really enjoyed the first Wheezer story and its follow-up was certainly no disappointment. It was nice meeting up with familiar characters, and Kitty truly does bring them to life in a wonderful way. Once again, this was a work of fiction but it has it's roots in real life history. it was easy to read and I got into the story very quickly. We were introduced to a few new characters this time around, and I do hope some of them find their way back again. The story itself was fast paced and hard to put down. Once I had started I found myself saying 'Just one more chapter....' I hope it won't be too long before we see Wheezer and Sasa again as I will be having withdrawal symptoms!
I read "Wheezer and the Painted Frog" and had to start the second book "Wheezer and the Shy Coyote" the following day. The mistreatment of Native Americans is a black mark on our country that should never be forgotten. The greed, prejudice and torture of the People did not stop after they were driven from their homes to unfamiliar country. Whiskey became another weapon in the fight against the red man. The author expresses the story in a way the reader can sympathize with the People's plight while including side stories of a budding romance, a two legged Coyote's quest for truth, and a four legged coyote's assistance in keeping Wheezer and Sasa safe from the bad guys. It is evident that Kitty Sutton did a lot research before writing the Wheezer books. The story is a history lesson but is written in a way that is exciting and entertaining. I highly recommend the Wheezer books to everyone.