Silki knows who's behind the menacing characters invading the Navajo Rez but no one's listening.
Stealing money isn't the aim of the Mesa Redondo bank robbers. They want the mysterious metal object Silki and her best friend Birdie discovered in the bogs of Canyon Daacha. With Birdie headed up to Kayenta for the rest of the summer Silki navigates wide-eyed and solo through a whirl of thievery scary characters lost artifacts and a shadowy stranger Silki dubs Amber Eyes. Against a backdrop of Monsoon Season floods and quicksand Silki's plight is complicated by the hateful slurs of a rebellious cousin her family must rescue before it's too late. Soon Silki finds herself in the middle of a plot that stretches all the way back to World War II and reaches right into the very soul of her own family.
Woven with Navajo language tradition and lore CANYON OF DOOM is the second book in a series of one girl's adventures in the American Southwest.
Jodi Lea Stewart grew up smelling cedar berries and cattle pens on a mega-acre ranch wedged between the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe Reservation. Her friends were Native American and Hispanic with a few Anglos thrown in for good measure. A little wild and definitely crazy Jodi climbed giant petroglyph-etched boulders sang to chickens and galloped the winds of her imagination through the arroyos and mountains of the Arizona high country.
"Silki narrates in a sometimes poetic voice and serves as readers' guide to the Navajo culture and traditions that are skillfully integrated into the story. It has similar elements of Southwestern mystery-adventure (Mission on Superstition Mountain) but allows for greater growth in its main character and more lyrical language" &ndash School Library Journal Review/April 2012