I have always enjoyed Kathi Appelt as a picture book author and now I am enjoying her as a novelist.
Let me get this out of the way before I list my praises for the book: I do not like the cover. It seems very juvenile and gives the book a more innocent feel.
Now...on to what I liked.
1. I love stories about animals - granted this one was hard at times because of the abuse but ultimately the spirit of the animals shined through.
2. I love stories about redemption - Gar Face is a jerk. 'Nuff said.
3. The format of this story was so intriguing - Grandmother moccasin was cool.
I heard it's in the running for the National Book Award. That's pretty awesome.