© Susan Slater; (P)2005 Books in Motion
"Newcomer Slater successfully taps into the complex issues facing Native American communities....This is a wonderful book with loveable heroes." (Library Journal)
I'd have rated this 1 level higher if the reader had been better. The plot is like a Mister Potato Head mixture of various standard mystery plots, yet it ends up being a pretty good tale. The writer needs to stay away from adult material until she can do it with competence, and sometimes she gets a bit didactic about native lore, but it was worth the purchase.
AUDIO: It's a shame that neither the techs nor the producers worked out the obvious errors, because the reader has fairly good acting abilities and could have done a good job with some help. But there are many peculiar, inappropriate pauses that significantly mess up the meaning, mispronunciations, and many fits of fumble-mouth that are not corrected.
The science in this disease related murder mystery is pretty good. The intertwining of greed and the mysticism of native Americanism adds a unique flavor. I recommend this book.
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