HUNTING SPIRIT ANIMALS

MYSTERY AND MAGICAL REALISM IN A NATIVE AMERICAN COMMUNITY

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The Writer

Pam Hicks

~~I have forty years of educational experience teaching age five to eighty-five. My primary area of interest is working with the disabled, with expertise in emotionally disturbed teens, though I have taught writing skills at the high school and adult levels. Retired, I write fiction full time. Yes, I am finally following what Joseph Campbell called one’s bliss in Port Townsend, Washington with a lovely view of the Puget Sound. After completing Hunting Spirit Animals, I have embarked on a sequel, Hunting Trickster Coyote that is nearly finished.

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HUNTING SPIRIT ANIMALS

SYNOPSIS

~~Hunting Spirit Animals is a prime reading location. Don’t miss this hunt for a killer. It will help if you know the victims’ spirit animal, but no matter because your tour guide Xenia O’Donnell is a young art teacher who can draw visions no one else sees. Forget her Crazy White Bird moniker. She’s awakened from her year-long dream walk and has acquired a teenaged sidekick whose antics keep her focused. Though Treaty Raven is, by all accounts, the bane of any teacher’s existence as well as being the chief suspect. Look away from the murder of Pink Flamingo, so named because they stand on one leg and wait to be shot. Concentrate instead on the milestones mapped by Native myths. In addition, you may want to get in touch with your spirit animal or cleanse during a Sweat. Bring your historical baggage and watch preconceptions disintegrate, replaced with a respectful, sometimes excruciatingly painful, appreciation of Pacific Northwest tribal culture. It will cost you laughter, drum beat thrills, and an aha moment at the end. But the memories of this special Hunting Spirit Animals journey will be priceless.

 

A MYSTERY

~~Based upon ten years teaching experience in three Native American high schools, Hunting Spirit Animals is an authentic telling of a mythical tribe where the young die, too soon. It is genre-blending fiction that fits literary, mystery, and juvenile categories with hints of magic realism for the fantasy enthusiast. But first and foremost there is a murderer to catch. There is also a high school full of potential victims. And in between a First Nation culture is revealed through its bonfires, sweat lodges, cleansing ceremonies, and teaching stories. And, like most mysteries, its ending satisfies, while also giving a promise of another book to come. Interspersed with humor, this is a tale told through white eyes with a red heart.

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