Red Dove, Tell Truth to Darkness
The Red Dove Trilogy: Book Two
by Sonia Antaki
Pub Date 20 Sep 2021 | Archive Date 21 Dec 2021
Guildfest Productions, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles
It's 1891 and fourteen-year-old Red Dove escapes boarding school to join Indigenous survivors of Wounded Knee to tour Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. In Red Dove, Listen to the Wind, her Lakota grandfather's medicine pouch taught her the value of empathy. Now, in book two of the trilogy, she must find the courage to speak her truth.
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Book illustrator: Andrew Bosley
Book illustrator: Andrew Bosley
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I appreciate that this book makes it easy to pick up even if you have not read the first book in the series. They do an excellent job of refreshing your memory and bringing the details of the previous tale in. I also appreciate that it is clearly grounded deeply in Lakota tradition and does not gloss over the harsh reality of how white colonizers treated Lakota and other tribes, whether it was on reservations, in boarding schools, or other places. The level of reading is accessible to mid- and upper elementary students. I did find the flashbacks to be disconcerting, often interrupting the flow of the story for me personally. Others may really enjoy the context they add.
How could I resist that cover (even it is the second book in a trilogy and I haven't read the first one?)? That's one heck of a cute girl and pony. We meet Red Dove at a residential school in Dakota Territory in 1891 (and oof, isn't that timely with the recent discoveries of mass graves at North American residential schools). There's clearly some backstory I'm missing from the first book, but it's easy to pick up what's going on and the plot doesn't hang around. Red Dove is quickly on her way to Europe with Buffalo Bill's travelling show. I loved Red Dove's voice and her determined connection to her Lakota culture. This book doesn't shy away from the violence inflicted on the Lakota (and other indigenous peoples) by the white colonists and really highlights Red Dove's struggles to balance her identity and desire to tell the truth with her need to earn money to keep her family alive. Red Dove's pony, Winchinchala, doesn't feature much in the story after they reach Europe but don't let the lack of horses put you off - this is wonderful historical fiction for younger readers with a wise and brave Lakota protagonist
I liked the girl, Red Dove a lot. She was brave and determined to live her life. Probably would have loved this series when I was younger. Some might not be ready for the cruelty that was touched on. Recommend for kids - maybe 10 and up.
In a time when we Americans are finally becoming aware of the injustices committed against our black and brown citizens, this book is an ideal read for young people. It personalizes the native stories of the Little Bighorn and its subsequent aftermath in our indigenous communities. Red Dove is brave but unsure of herself as she navigates a world changing rapidly from one which her people no longer command to now being controlled by anglo forces from afar.. She is also navigating early adulthood as a mixed race girl where her decisions have lasting consequences to both herself and her native family. Her guiding voice is that of her Lakota grandfather who admonishes her to always tell truth and have faith in her own abilities, a skill she gradually grows confident in. The story is compelling to the end, unfolding events and locations rapidly. It introduces characters both sympathetic and not. Conflict arises from lack of cultural understanding coupled with antoginistic disinterest on the part of the conquerors. We are even now in the 21st century seeing the results of the misguided Indian boarding schools which attempted to destroy native culture. Red Dove is a well drawn character who should be appealing to both male and female readers.. The late 1800's are a compelling time period and Red Dove's fictional insertion into Buffalo Bill's Western show a perfect platform to introduce Red Dove to the larger American society so different from the world she grew up in. I look forward to reading the last of the trilogy to find out how she lands.
Red Dove: Tell Truth to Darkness continues Red Dove's page-turning adventures in the dangerous American West and in Europe of the 1890s. You’ll find yourself rooting for this plucky Lakota teenager as she faces danger, stands up against injustice, and confronts the mysteries of her ancestors. Beautifully written and full of engaging characters, this is a tale to treasure. Anyone who’s ever found growing up and fitting in complicated, will find echoes of themselves in this book.
Red Dove, Tell truth to the darkness by Sonia Antaki ( Guildfest Productions Independant publisher) Such a wonderful book telling the story of Red Dove a teenage Indian girl who joins wild buffalo Bill's travelling show to tell the truth about what really happened to her people. Whilst Buffalo Bill portrayed a different story. Me and my 9 year old daughter read this book between us and she loved every minute of it. She told me she especially loved learning Red Doves language and her spiritual magic. The book was packed with excitement and action that every child loves. The story made her want to go to bed earlier to read more and to read it when she woke up just to see what happened next. The story is pack full of those hidden lessons and morals that us parents love to see , allowing the child to learn things without even knowing it. Having only read the second book in this trilogy I didn't in the least find it confusing or made to feel like we have missed something important. Straight away we connected with the characters and the story. This book is brilliant for both boys and girls from aged 8 to young adult and not forgetting us adults who love reading this children's books we wished we had when we were younger. We throughly enjoyed every minute of the wonderful tale and look forward to reading the other books from this author. Also posted Barnes&noble, waterstones, kobo, Google books and amazon
Red Dove, Tell Truth to Darkness The Red Dove Trilogy: Book Two by Sonia Antaki Pub Date 20 Sep 2021 Guildfest Productions, Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Titles Historical Fiction | Middle Grade | Teens & YA I am reviewing a copy of Red Dove, Tell Truth to Darkness the second book in The Red Dove Trilogy through Guildfest Productions, Independent Book Publishers Association and Netgalley: The year is 1891, Red Dove Escapes her boarding school in order to to join Indigenous survivors of Wounded Knee to tour Europe with Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. In the first book in the series Red Dove, Listen to the Wind, her Lakota grandfather's medicine pouch taught her the value of empathy. In this book Red Dove, Tell Truth to the Darkness, Red Dove must learn to tell the truth in order to protect herself and others. If you have a middle grade reader who likes historical fiction, that has the ability to teach powerful lessons I highly recommend Red Dove Tell Truth to the Darkness. I give this book five out of five stars! Happy Reading!