4 out of 4 stars
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TITLE: Strong Heart
AUTHOR: Charlie Sheldon
CHAPTER: 44 Chapter in Book
When I started to read Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon, I was not sure if I would like this book or not. However, the characters took me by surprise and I found myself getting into the story to the point when it felt like, I was part of the story. The story is about Sarah, a 13-year-old girl who meets her grandfather, Tom a very first time. Both of her parents are dead, and she was raised by her stepdad until he went to work in Europa.
The story started off when Sarah is dropped off at her grandfather's place by Tom's ex-wife, Ruth. Tom is in the middle of packing to go up to the Olympic Peninsula with his Native American friends, William and his daughter, Myra. Tom has an unfinished business to take care of there up in the mountain, but all of a sudden he is not sure if he should wait with a trip or take Sarah with them too. By William persuasion, Tom reluctantly agrees to take Sarah along the trip.
While on the trip, Sarah sees a short-faced bear, that it has been extinct at least twelve thousand years. She draws the bear and even though she draws very well, nobody believes her. Shortly after that, Sarah goes missing for 8 days. Everybody is looking for her and they almost lose hope, when unexpectedly Sarah returns. For a while she doesn't say what's happened to her but then she breaks her silence and tells a story which is some way unbelievable, some way remarkable.
I like Sarah's strong character. She is smart, witty and intelligent. While she was missing for 8 days, she learned some skills, like throwing darts and speaking in a different language. Her whole story makes you ask the question: Was she in a dream state, vision quest or in a different alternate reality?
The book is well written. You could tell the author did an extensive research and combines science, deep rooted legend/history of the Native American Indians, anthropology and family relationship together very well. He also has an extensive knowledge of anthropology of the first human's existence and the animals that have been extinct for thousands of years.
I love this book and I truly enjoyed reading it with its unique and unexpected twists. I am hoping, there will be a sequel for the up coming months. The book has 44 Chapters in it. I rate it 4 out of 4 stars and I recommend it for everyone to read. Excellent book.
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