Shining Star

Author: Esely, Joyce

Subjects: American History; Native Americans; Growing Up/Girls

Age: 8, 9, 10, 11

Grade: 3, 4, 5, 6

Order code: 1455

Price: $14.99
Website price: $10.00

Class sets: 10 or more: $7.00 each.
Order code: 1455S

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“...outstanding historical novel...a welcome and enthusiastically recommended novel that totally engages the reader from first page to last.” Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

This is a story replete with Native American traditions and information. Shining Star is a ten-year-old Comanche girl. By spending time with her and her family and sharing the events of their days and their community interactions, readers learn about Comanche ceremonies, lore, daily living, the interdependence of tribal members, and the notion of the tribe above one.

For The People to be strong, bravery is a must, and Shining Star’s goal is to overcome her dread of lightning. Ever since she was hit by lightning five years ago, thunderstorms have traumatized her, but she has hidden her fear because The People are afraid of nothing. Death is a part of life: tribal members will pass on; animals yield food and clothing. As Grandfather says, “It is not death we fear, but meeting death bravely.... Only the rocks live forever.”

Woven into Shining Star’s story is a fabric of many pieces of information: tipi making and moving, foods and diet, arrow making, buffalo hunting, tanning hides, courtship, war paint, horse raids, scalping, stories of the elders, and more.

Joyce Esely has won two Frontiers in Writing awards and a Beaux Arts award for Shining Star. She is also the author of Oil Field Brats, published by Royal Fireworks Press. She is a resident of Fritch, Texas.

“...outstanding historical novel...a welcome and enthusiastically recommended novel that totally engages the reader from first page to last.” – Children’s Bookwatch, Midwest Book Review

This is a story replete with Native American traditions and information. Shining Star is a ten-year-old Comanche girl. By spending time with her and her family and sharing the events of their days and their community interactions, readers learn about Comanche ceremonies, lore, daily living, the interdependence of tribal members, and the notion of the tribe above one.

For The People to be strong, bravery is a must, and Shining Star’s goal is to overcome her dread of lightning. Ever since she was hit by lightning five years ago, thunderstorms have traumatized her, but she has hidden her fear because The People are afraid of nothing. Death is a part of life: tribal members will pass on; animals yield food and clothing. As Grandfather says, “It is not death we fear, but meeting death bravely.... Only the rocks live forever.”

Woven into Shining Star’s story is a fabric of many pieces of information: tipi making and moving, foods and diet, arrow making, buffalo hunting, tanning hides, courtship, war paint, horse raids, scalping, stories of the elders, and more.

Joyce Esely has won two Frontiers in Writing awards and a Beaux Arts award for Shining Star. She is also the author of Oil Field Brats, published by Royal Fireworks Press. She is a resident of Fritch, Texas.

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