Award-winning Novel of Adventure and Survival on the Grand Canyon's North Rim Just Published

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American Indian author Devon MihesuahÂ?s award-winning young adult novel, Grand Canyon Rescue, has just been published by Booklocker. Grand Canyon Rescue is an outdoor adventure story of peril and courage that takes place in the vast Kaibab Forest on the Grand CanyonÂ?s North Rim. The novel recently won the Oklahoma Writers' Federation Best Young Adult Novel.

Devon Mihesuah, who is Oklahoma Choctaw and professor of applied indigenous studies at Northern Arizona University, is author of a dozen non-fiction scholarly works and fiction stories that deal with American Indian empowerment and decolonization.

“Few writers of American Indian fiction create positive role models,” Mihesuah says. “Most stories about Natives bog us down in images of poverty, alcoholism and depression, or take place in the past. Many Americans are not even aware that we're still here! I’m concerned about creating strong, successful characters that contemporary Indians can emulate.”

Grand Canyon Rescue does not just focus on tribal issues. The story has a strong message for outdoor enthusiasts who venture into the wilderness without adequate preparation. “Hunting, hiking, camping and climbing require preparation and forethought. A lot of outdoor novices never think they’ll find themselves in an emergency situation.”

The heroine, fourteen year old Oklahoma Choctaw Tuli Black Wolf, must use her search and rescue skills to save lost hunters after an unexpected snowstorm on the Grand Canyon's North Rim separates Tuli from her famous search and rescue tracker mother.

“Tuli Black Wolf is a terrific role model,” says Mihesuah. “This young woman is not only trying to find her identity as a tribal person, she also finds that adults don’t have all the answers. Boys can learn from this story as can adults who have forgotten what it means to be a child pressured by demanding parents. Tuli has always tried to live up to her mother’s high expectations, but when Tuli surpasses them, neither she nor her mother immediately realize it."

Grand Canyon Rescue is the first in a series involving Tuli and her younger brother Pete.

Copies of Grand Canyon Rescue for review can be obtained from Devon Mihesuah.

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