Name: Silki, a Girl in Many Scarves – Book Three: Valley of the Shadows
Author: Jodi Lea Stewart
Genre: Fiction for young people
An adventure-filled mystery for young adults Valley of Shadows is the third book in the Jodi Lea Stewart trilogy, Silka, a girl in many scarves. Based on the first two books, this one also revolves around the main character Silki and her best friend Birdie. While this is a sequel to previous girls ’feats, it is not necessary to read the first two parts to easily follow this one.
Author Stewart provides readers with a quick tale of twenty-first-century detectives of the Nancy Drew type, which includes Navajo and Japanese and customs. It allows us to learn about the traditions of ancient cultures in a fun but uplifting way, including living conditions, food, and spiritual beliefs. The author never speaks to readers, and the level of language is appropriate for young adults, while providing an opportunity to expand the vocabulary.
There are many twists and turns in the drama of Herring’s life before she’s going to find a thief who stole a beloved horse. Accidentally, she solves other problems along the way. If some readers had one failure following the story, it would be a lot of change in the action, moving quickly from one scene to another. However, it is such a fast pace and variety that usually draws the attention of a young adult reader to keep them reading. Each part of the book and each chapter offers new situations that stimulate the plot so that we want to know what will happen next.
Both characters, Silki and Birdie, are well-developed, with their likely charming dimensions. Silki has a clear voice and, while wise and attentive to her age, she is also playful. Other characters in the story, good and bad, also have their own nuances and behaviors, so they are compelling.
Storyline Valley of Shadows progresses in a plausible way, expanding the imagination with vivid images, but not so much that we demand to accept unimaginable connections. Perceived ghosts, for example, are presented as easily as live characters. We don’t know if they’re real or “shadows,” but they intrigue us in a way that we want to know.
Wonderful descriptions of the American Southwest landscape force living conditions. In addition, several sketches are provided. The map of the territory at the beginning of the book also helps readers imagine the locations of the characters on the move.
Family affairs and sympathy for the boy get involved in the story, which is what most young readers can identify with. Everyday life mixes with mystery, which increases the credibility of the story.
There are a lot of young adult novels on the shelves of bookstores that look the same, this one stands out from the pile. Although it is aimed at young people, Valley of Shadows is a lively reading and for those who were once young. Inclusive, enchanting and enlightening, it reminds us all people of all ages what it is like to be full of energy, love and hope. Jodi Lea Stewart presented readers with another gem that makes us feel sorry to turn the last page and see how these characters leave our lives. But they will remain in our hearts for a long time to come.
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