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Hunkpapa Sioux

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I think it's a good coming of age story, gripping and fascinating.
I liked the characters, the mix of historical facts and fiction and the characters.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine
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Interesting book in a genre that I am not that familiar with reading.  This is a story about half-Indian teenager who leaves Chicago to find his father's family. With his newly-found family, he learns the ways of the Sioux, the culture as well as a the history.  As the young man becomes a brave as a warrior of the Sioux it was easy to become enthralled in the adventure. Robert Dumont weaves factual historic data of Native American Sioux's throughout, intriguing my interest.  Very well laid out that will hold the reader's interest.
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I tried to read this book the day I downloaded it, but thought my inability to get into it might be tied to the mood of the day. I've tried again, but I'm afraid it's not a mood issue, but simply not a book for me. This book is one of  those that illustrates why I wish NetGalley had an option to get samples first.

I couldn't get past the second chapter. Maybe it gets better, but the stilted dialogue throughout has made it difficult to become at all pulled into the world. The two newly acquainted strangers of the first chapter trading life stories with little more than a superficial explanation, and doing so in such a lifeless manner was hard to take, but I thought, well, maybe once we get this pile of exposition out of the way, the story will shift into somethign more congenial.

I was troubled by the seemingly stereotypical treatment of Native Americans in the first chapter, but I thought perhaps that was an attempt to show the attitudes and language of the period in which the story is set—clearly, at this point in time, two white men discussing Indians wouldn't be doing so in a particularly sensitive way, even if they both are sympathetic to the two tribes in question, the Sioux and the Ojibway. 

But when I got to the stilted and stereotypical boasts of the young Sioux in the second chapter, I was done. Perhaps it gets better. I understand the author has a lifelong interest in Native Americans, but, so far, that interest didn't seem to result in a thoughtful telling of their stories. I will not be reviewing this book in my blog, as it''s not one I feel I can honestly say it's just a difference of taste, and I'm not willing to invest the time and discomfort to finish it to know for sure.
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A wonderful novel about coming of age teen from both worlds.
This story was interesting but yet at the same time it was no different. I say no different because we are all human and each of us has to learn who and where we belong.
John is just such a character. I can't imagine the struggles that he faced and my heart went out to him. I can't even imagine being from both worlds.
I loved this book. I enjoyed learning the many things about the Indians. They are even more interesting than the Amish.
This is the first book of the year that has stayed with me long after I finished it. I wanted to do this book justice because I finished it late into the night. John wouldn't let put his story down until I finished. I'm glad I finished it.
I recommend.
My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
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This is a story about half-Indian teenager who leaves Chicago to find his father's family. With his newly-found family, he learns the ways of the Sioux. 

Sadly, this one wasn't for me. I had a hard time connecting with the characters, and the adventures described wasn't really that adventurous for my taste.

The first note I made when I started reading this book was that I really liked the writing style. The first chapter really got me hooked, but sadly, that is where the connection stopped. 

Overall, I see how this book can be enjoyed, but the adventures just weren't my deal and I couldn't connect with the characters.
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A good coming of age story. A young man leaves Chicago after the death of his mother, and heads for Dakota Territory to find his father's Dakota family. Just prior to the Little Big Horn in time, so a lot of unrest and lack of trust on both sides. John has a foot on each side, and can view things from both sides, even though he doesn't necessary agree with them. He meets up with his uncle, cousin, aunts, and so on, and learns to be traditional Sioux. He also has a trapper friend who he meets on the way, who is heading for the mountains of Montana. They remain good friends throughout, and even years later find solace with each other. Good story, that was hard to put down. Would recommend.
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This amazing book portrays the trials and tribulations of a teenage half breed Dakota Sioux, with the urging of his mother, leaves Chicago and heads west to find his father's tribe.  As the young man becomes a brave and and warrior of the Sioux it was easy to become enthralled in the adventure.  Robert Dumont weaves factual historic data of  Native American Sioux's throughout, intriguing  my interest. In the tale. Absolutely the best book I have read in a long time
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