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Images: “Prairie Girl” by Wayne Wildcat", "Dugout Soddy On the Prairie by Wayne Cooper", "Girl-On-Fire" by Mary Helsaple. Music: "Shaman's Call" by R. Carlos Nakai

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"In a display of pluck and determined resistance to her kidnappers, Carrie McEdan becomes Girl-on-Fire, the name her Comanche captor, Blackhorse, gives her in the summer of 1874. It is Carrie’s luck to be the manifestation of a dream and that enables her to survive, as does her openness to learning the language and custom of a new people.

Marked for marriage to her captor, she escapes that fate in the immediate present when he and the other warriors answer yet another call from Quanah Parker and head into battle that takes them from the band for several weeks. Most Comanche have succumbed to the white man’s destruction of their native way of life and have gone onto the reservations, except for Quanah’s group and a few other bands. During Blackhorse’s absence, Carrie/Girl-on-Fire learns the ways of the people and immerses herself in the culture. In her own dream/vision, clues about her fate come to her that she has trouble discerning.

Vicki Hessel Werkley tells her tale with passion, honor and great sensitivity. This is the story of a survivor, not of misfortune but of great good fortune, in her experience among the people. Carrie learns new skills, respect for the women’s role in her new setting, and a system of values and traditions she comes to respect. The reader is caught up in the romance and visions, just as the writer intended."
-Arletta Dawdy
author of The Huachuca Trilogy

I could not put that book down! In some ways it was like a sexy romance story. And on the other hand it had sudden twists and turns. All the surprises when you think you have it figured out! Couldn't believe all the things that happened. It seemed to be very authentic. It was most enjoyable.
- Jean Smith, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Rarely do books written by non-Indians find approval with Native Americans, but Werkley's respectful research and attention to detail have earned her the cooperation and esteem of the Comanche people who assisted her, two of whom say....

"Girl-On-Fire is a superbly written book . . . extraordinarily accurate about the daily life and responsibilities of Comanche women and with the Comanche language appropriately used. Vicki Werkley has done an outstanding job in her research of the Comanche People. I give this book two thumbs up!"
- Thekwane (Jolene Jimenez), Comanche Tribal Princess, 1988

"Girl-On-Fire was a pleasure! The closest book I have read to capturing the true essence of Comanche Women!"
- Diana G. Sovo, Personnel Director, Comanche Nation; Comanche Tribal Princess, 1983

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"Books reviewed are considered noteworthy in their appeal to young adults for pleasure and/or research and are chosen for their literary merit and their ability to inspire, challenge, instruct, and/or entertain teens. Because these books were written for adults, readers must assume they may contain mature themes."

From the review for Girl-On-Fire (by Vicki Hessel Werkley): "The strength of this book is in the rich details of Native American culture in the 1870s. The smell of wood smoke and simmering stews; the 'tidy efficiency' of a tepee with its inner drape, rawhide trunks, and willow-slat beds; and the sounds of the language and songs all encourage readers to experience the human complexities of tribal life. Even teens reluctantly fulfilling a dreaded historical fiction assignment should become caught up in the protagonist's bittersweet adventure with a people who will soon face many tragic losses of their own."
-Dori DeSpain, reviewer
  School Library Journal
  January, 2000 issue (review begins on page 158)
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