Title: Red dove, Listen to the wind.
Author: Sonia Antaki.
Publisher: One ELM Press
Page count: 234.
Release day: October 15th 2019.
Genre: Middle Grade, Historical.
Rating: 2 stars.
*Thanks to NetGalley for providing this ARC!*
What is it about? (Summary from GoodReads)
Abandoned by her white father, thirteen-year-old Red Dove faces another lean winter with her Lakota family on the Great Plains. Willful and proud, she is presented with a stark choice: leave her people to live in the white world, or stay and watch them starve. Red Dove begins a journey to find her place in the world and discovers that her greatest power comes from within herself.
Unfortunately I was not really a fan of this book.
I did enjoy the general plot of this book. With Red Dove having to go to a ‘white people’ school, for food. Her seeing how ‘white people’ life, and what they think about ‘Indians’. But I think it just didn’t work out very well.
I liked that Red Dove was very brave and strong but also scared, and really wanted to help ‘her people’!
The thing is, I liked the idea of the book, but I didn’t like the execution. There were quite some side characters introduced, that I either didn’t care about or didn’t think were that important. The magic in this book wasn’t that good, it was basically a pouch that solved everything?!
There were also some ‘big reveals’ at the end that were very obvious, and I didn’t really like them. But they might have been more of a surprise for the actual age group!
I know this review is very short, but I just don’t have that much more to say about it!