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Wednesday, August 5, 2015




“Some days you appreciate the dead; others, you don’t dare think about them.”

When Mona Lisa LaPierre, aka “the girl who never smiles,” is sent to stay with Grumps, her reclusive grandfather, she is not exactly thrilled. Still, she slings her beloved guitar, Rosalita, over her shoulder and sets out to meet her destiny—which pops up, variously, as a blonde bear named Marilynn, a fellow musician named Del, and a green-flamed motorcycle that was last seen racing away from her high school the day a student named Mia Delaney disappeared eighteen years ago. Mona’s search for Mia’s murderer becomes a quest for identity, love and meaning, and she is guided along the way by Grumps and her dead grandmother, Bilki, whose spirit speaks to her in moments of need.

Author Bio:

authorMelissa Tantaquidgeon Zobel is the Medicine Woman of the Mohegan Tribal Nation of Connecticut. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University, her MA in History from the University of Connecticut and her BSFS in History/Diplomacy from Georgetown University. Zobel grew up giving tours at Tantaquidgeon Indian Museum on the Mohegan Reservation, learning tribal tradition from her great aunt, Medicine Woman Gladys Tantaquidgeon whose life she chronicled ih the book Medicine Trail: The Life and Lessons of Gladys Tantaquidgeon (Univ. of AZ Press, 2000). Melissa has been employed by her tribe as a cultural leader for twenty-two years and has three grown children—Rachel Beth Sayet, Madeline Fielding Sayet, and David Uncas Sayet. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Randall Zobel.

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Book Details:

Genre: Young Adult Mystery
Published by: The Poisoned Pencil
Publication Date: June 2, 2015
Number of Pages: 342
ISBN: 9781929345120

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Review: WABANAKI BLUES by Melissa Zobel

The first in a trilogy, WABANAKI BLUES is exciting, engrossing, and enchanting. An unusual heroine is Mona [Lisa] LaPierre, a graduating high school senior whose principal is really odd, whose parents are engrossed in ancient bear sacrifices [father] and disclaiming native heritage [mother] than in parenting their daughter, and whose peers consider the guitar-playing non-smiling girl of Native American descent a useless disgrace. The author's true understanding of background and Native Spirituality will rivet the reader.

1 comment:

  1. What an interesting lead character! Thanks so much for introducing us to this 1st in a new YA series (trilogy).