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Saturday, January 10, 2015

NEW RELEASE AND GIVEAWAY! The Saga of Indian Em’ly Book 3: The Orphanage by Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard has a new middle grade reader release! This is book 3 in her series about what might have befallen the children of Indian Em'ly, a Texas historical figure. You will be just as enthralled as your youngsters over this wonderful series! Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy!

Far from home in a land foreign to them, kidnapped Apache
siblings Wind That Knocks Down Lodges and Cactus Flower are at the mercy of the
Army soldiers they have grown to despise. When ordered to dispose of the
children or else, the Army soldiers waste no time in depositing them at the
nearest Catholic orphanage, where unlikely alliances are forged and Knocks Down
must make a decision: conform to the Pale Face world or risk everything for an
unlikely chance at escape.


    “A new garrison,” Cactus translated, though she didn’t have to.
I was rolling the pale face words off my tongue easier with each passing sunset.
“Wants to see the …prisoners?” Her word tweaked up at the end, turning it into a
question. She looked at me. “Do they mean us?”
     Glancing over the seat again, I could see that they did. “They’re
coming with a big man that is red in the face and whose head is covered in silver
hair, like the cunning fox. Sit up and look like one of The People.”
     Cactus Flower did as I said, just as the dirty canvas pulled
back. The red faced man peered in, a brown wad that looked like a fat twig clenched
in his teeth. He must have held it there often, because a brown stain from the juice
had crusted on his lips. “Kids!” he spat, flinging the wad of juicy brown paper
and leaves into the back of the wagon with us. Neither Cactus nor I flinched. “Brats!
Whelps, they are.”
     Silence covered the men like the burial shroud had covered my
     The big man with the hair like the silver fox continued, his
face growing redder with each breath he sucked in. “You call these Injuns prisoners? It’s no wonder why the general
saw fit to relieve you bunch of misfits. Me and my men are taking over. Now.

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  1. Fantastic to see another one.
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  2. Sara,

    Congratulations on yet another story in this fascinating saga. I'm in awe of what you have accomplished with this telling. Doris

  3. Sara, I just love this series. I didn't know about Indian Em'ly before this--and I'm always caught up in these tales, so I know middle grade readers have to be, too! Wonderful stories!

  4. Sara, I really admire you for mastering the art of writing for middle school kids. It takes something special to do that.
    I wish you every success.

  5. A story that will surely ignite the imaginations of its readers. Imagine how different their world is compared to that of the two Indian orphans Wind That Knocks Down Lodges and Cactus Flower. With no home and no family, and asked to learn the white man's ways and laws, being treated as strangers in their own land. A story that will surely bring the old days to life for its readers.

  6. Sounds like another winner. I like how just in the excerpt you portrayed the Apache point of view of what was taking place. Another book I will get in print form for my granddaughters. Congrats and best wishes on success.

    Robyn Echols writing as Zina Abbott