Tanner and her Navajo classmate, Skylyn Eaglefeather, are young
teens who have been pals from first grade to junior high. Traditional
celebrations abound on the Tanner and Eaglefeather ranches, where
their life in Colorado is one of outdoor exploration with a lot
of family fun and some real-life situations mixed in.
travel along with Alex's family and her beloved grandfather on their
vacation in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park. They find it a
fabulous place to see the wild animals that call it home.
at a day-long "bear jam" with Alex and her twin brothers,
Tyler and Chandler, who marvel at the sight of a black bear snoozing
after his breakfast. The boys are in awe of a mama Shiras moose
grazing behind their cabin, but it is her five-month-old calf that
captures their sister's heart when he welcomes newcomers to his
sheltered glen. A stately elk pays a surprise visit, wanting to
show off the dangling vegetation adorning his magnificent antlers.
Groans of relief echo across the dell when several nine-hundred-pound
bison take turns rolling in a favorite dust bowl.
is no stranger to Grand Teton National Park. His family revels in
an early evening float trip down the Snake River to quietly observe
a variety of creatures at dinner.
Skylyn, her sister, Raven Lee, nor Alex and her brothers are afraid
of a challenge. Both families are grateful for Gramp Tanner's Christmas
gift, dog-sledding in the Rocky Mountains on a cobalt-blue day.
Each takes a turn to ride behind a string of eight beautiful Huskies
- who love to be in charge!
for the Handicapped absorbs Skylyn's and Alex's energies as they
plan an electrifying Halloween event for the students. Their creative
ideas add excitement to Hopewell Farms' therapeutic riding classes.
Martin was a teacher for eleven years. Her writing draws upon a
deep love of the West, and her own American Indian ancestral background
has led her to investigate the life and culture of the ancient Amerinds
upon which she bases much of her writing.
Russ Taylor, Melbourne, FL
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