Sunday, September 5, 2010

How Shakespeare's Arrow Pierced the Heart of a Comanche Boy

JANICE:  If you want to know how Shakespeare shot an arrow that pierced the heart of a young Comanche boy in Texas, then read Comanche Song (Eakin Press). This story was born out of our sons' love for finding arrowheads on my father's Blue Mountain Ranch in central Texas. Doing some research, I discovered that the Indians who once lived there were Penateka Comanches, the band involved in the Council House Massacre and the Battle of Plum Creek during 1840. Since these two clashes between Texans and Comanches had never been told from the Comanche point of view, I wanted to tell it through the eyes of Tsena, son of a peace chief who was killed in the massacre.

Here is Tom's beautiful cover.

My habit when looking for a good book is to read the first paragraph. Am I hooked or not? So here is the first paragraph of the novel:
"It was white man's year of 1840. Tsena ducked out of his lodge and stood looking across the ravine to the hills beyond. He could not know that it was also the year white man would change his life forever. No one in the village could know."
Are you hooked? I hope so. This book was chosen by the New York Public Library for its list of Best Books for the Teen Age.

Now about Shakespeare's arrow: When Tsena accompanies his father and other chiefs to a council with Texans in San Antonio, the negotiations turn violent. He is suddenly cast into white man's world where he learns about a new way of life and glimpses the power of the written word, especially Shakespeare's words. To learn more, visit your local library or our website:

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