Bummed that yet another summer has passed all too quickly Silki and her best friend Birdie head out for one last hurrah at the Navajo Nation Fair. When the fun is overshadowed by the theft of a famous horse Silki is plunged into a baffling adventure teeming with international undercurrents and intrigue.
Boy-crazy Birdie is fluttering her eyelashes at Silki's good-looking cousin from Oregon at every turn and Rez legend Old Man Concho is coughing up secrets dating back to 1942. What possible connection does he have to the Japanese tourists and will Silki discover an ancient truth about the Valley of Shadows in time to save Lava the leader of the Ghost Herd as well as salvage her own broken heart?
Woven with Navajo language tradition and lore Silki the Girl of Many Scarves: Valley of the Shadows is the final book in a trilogy of one girl's adventure 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.
Praise for Canyon of Doom:
"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" -- School Library Journal Review/April 2012