Fantasy - Hidden Magic Trilogy
Papakoosigun (Papa-koo-see-goon) is an elven maiden who struggles to find where she belongs in the world and understand her role in it. She meets dragons, fairies and dwarves while facing challenges.
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OJIBWE AND LAKOTA LANGUAGE IS POURED INTO MY YOUNG ADULT FANTASY BOOKS. CULTURE IS SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT THE FICTION AND POETRY BOOKS.
Fantasy - The Light Chronicles
Wakangli (Waa-con- glee) has vast powers that others try to use. As she fights to survive she learns more about who she is.
Fantasy - Reflection Series
Waakazone (Waa-kay-zoe-knee) is in a world where human populations have decreased dramatically and the magical creatures have come out of hiding. But even among her own kind she is different and feared. She fights to survive and battle those who would destroy this already broken world completely.
Poetry - The Native Vision Series
These books contain poems and short stories about growing up on a reservation. There are sketches and photography throughout the books. There are also some blank pages within the books to give the reader the opportunity to add their voices.
V R Janis’ Hidden Powers is a very interesting novel to read. It is about a young girl who runs away from her family and where she grew up, something anyone could relate to. She finds that she ran away for a very good reason. I like how Janis used her own cultures and where she grew up to write this novel. I like especially that she used “The Black Hills of South Dakota” in her writings. When I was younger, I have always heard stories about “little people,” but they weren’t good stories. She used elves and their purpose to save the earth. These forest elves were located in the Black Hills which made me want to keep reading. I liked how she used all fantasy and nothing political in her novel. Even though it was written for young adults, I would recommend it to everyone no matter how old they old.
Tiffany (Goodreads on Hidden Powers)
I love how this book is a fantasy for younger audiences but it has such deep and wonderful themes inside it! Wonderful imagery as well, can picture each scene! Protect and nurture Mother Earth!
Lanice (amazon review on Hidden Powers)
This book is so important. It provides Indigenous representation within in the world of fantasy literature. If you are looking for an adventure with a strong female lead, Indigenous roots and Lakota language, add this to your reading list.
Justin Henry (amazon review on Stolen Light)
I Loved the book, I already gave it to my 5 yr old daughter. I am not a hardcore book reader but the book caught my interest and I have to say it was a good read. It gave me a sense of pride to know that our native people are out there accomplishing great things. It is encouraging. I love the characters and the story. I look forward to the movie and I do plan on reading more of the Hidden Powers books. Thank you so much for being a positive aspiration to all of us in the Native Community. Congrats on your books.
Quincey Jones (Goodreads review for Hidden Powers)