Join us for the first book of the CADY WHIRLWIND THUNDER MYSTERIES
Winner of the Historical Society of Michigan's book award for Children & Youth (2020)
Winner of the Midwest Book Award for Young Adult Fiction (2020)
Winner of the Upper Peninsula Notable Books award (2020)
Cady, a 13-year-old girl of Native American heritage, has experienced major changes in the past year-her father's marriage to a younger woman, a new baby brother, and a move from Minnesota to Michigan where she attends a reservation school for the first time. One school day, Cady finds an eagle feather on the floor outside a classroom and reports it to the principal. When thanking her for this act of honor, he tells her that a mystery might soon appear in her life. Later, Cady discovers and antique Indian beaded necklace hidden under the floor of her bedroom closet. Is this the mystery the principal predicted might appear? She consults with elders who tell her it is her "job" to find out why. Helping her are her new friends Irish, John Ray and a talking blue jay.
"I was enthralled by the story, its interesting characters, the mystery plot, the author's beautiful writing style spiced with wisdom and humor, and what I learned about tribal cultures and customs." -- Christine DeSmet, author of The Fudge Shop Mysteries
"I LOVE IT. I could not put it down. I read the last few chapters slowly as possible the past few days because I was sad it was almost to the end of the book. I am looking forward to the next one." -- Faye DG Auginaush, from the White Earth Ojibwe in MN & Hannahville MI Potawatomi.
"What a beautifully written story of a young Native American girl, Cady, and her search for love and answers. The author's descriptions and authentic dialogue will immerse the reader in Native American culture and history." --Gregory L. Renz, author of Beneath the Flames