Seven Stones by Julia Lee
Growing up in Chicago Keilann Douglas didn’t think twice about her Ojibwe heritage. Around her family and peers it was a non issue and Keilann who never liked standing out is fine with that. Yet when Keilann’s father needs to move the family to Scotland for a teaching job everything changes.
Keilann enrolls in the new school along with her younger sister Fiona. Fiona never has trouble fitting in and adapts quickly to the other kids her age and soon has a group of friends. Keilann on the other hand feels like a square peg in a round hole and finds solace only back in the sanctuary of her new home and in the woods beyond her home.
The woods are comforting, the silence covers Keilann like a warm blanket. While exploring she finds an ancient stone circle where at times, a wild-eyed scared girl appears and disappears right before Keailann’s eyes. While at first witnessing such a thing is frightening, eventually Keillann becomes less scared and more curious. Who is this girl and why is Keilann the only one to see her? What is with the seven stones? And how can each of these two girls possibly learn from one another?
Yesterday, I posted a conversation I had with the author of this book, Julia Lee. There is so much that impressed me about this book that when I was reading it recently I had a hard time putting it down as each page led to more questions that I wanted answers to.
Originally when I started Seven Stones I thought I was going to be reading YA book. Yet, once I was into the book I discovered something more. I discovered I was learning about a Native American heritage that I knew little about. Through a young girl and her mother’s eyes, I was getting a taste of the deep heritage that is centered around the Ojibwe. Toss in a little bit of Scotland and their heritage as well and I was surprised to find this book to also be a historical read.
Seven Stones is a book I found to be wonderfully diverse in culture and history. I appreciated what this book had to offer and look forward to what author Julia Lee has in store for us next.
Currently Seven Stones is available at RiverPlace Press and soon will be available on Amazon.