February Book Review by Juane Heflin
Solider Sister, Fly Home
Nancy Bo Flood
Classified as a children's book, Soldier Sister, Fly Home speaks to all ages. Set in northern Arizona and dedicated to the memory of Lori Piestewa, the first Native American woman to die while fighting overseas, a 13-year-old half-Navajo/half-white girl (Tess) struggles with her identity while coming to terms with life's unwanted changes. The talented author shows how internal conflicts vary dramatically when a person is young and contemplating the future, as compared to older adults who can reflect on the journey. Younger readers will relate to Tess, who rebels against the seeming complacency of her elders, and older readers will empathize with her beloved shimá sání (Grandma), who sees the cycle of life repeating.
From the shocking Prologue to the moving ending, the book makes a lasting impression and will be brought back to memory each time we see a raven, a veteran, an older woman wearing colorful tennis shoes, a running stallion, or hear someone quote Emily Dickinson. The book discussion with the author was fascinating, and we clamored for a sequel.
We highly recommended the book.