Feature Book of the Week #14 The Young Healer by Frank N. McMillan

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Feature Book of the Week
The Young Healer
Frank N. McMillan

In THE YOUNG HEALER tradition meets contemporary when what starts out as just another day becomes anything but that for young Feather Anderson. Her beloved grandfather, a traditional Lakota healer, pulls her out of class one snowy morning and takes her on an old-fashioned vision quest in the heart of New York City in hopes of finding the perfect Lakota medicine. It becomes the most magical day ever for eleven-year-old Feather Anderson, the day she saves her little brother’s life. Feather follows in her grandfather’s footsteps of healing as a medicine man and she then earns her newly-given secret Lakota name.

About the Author

McMillan, 53, began writing after the death of his father. McMillan wondered what he would want to have accomplished when his time was up. The answer was to tell stories and to be published.
"I like writing stories that I would have liked when I was that age," McMillan said. "I like appealing to young people's optimism and idealism. There's this real energy that young people have. I like to kindle that spark."
McMillan's father had a great respect and love for the American Indian culture. His son remembers his father's collection of Tonkawan Indian arrowheads that he found on the family farm in Central Texas. His dad also carved American Indian heads.
It is this childhood memory and a stay on a Montana Indian reservation in the 1990s that inspired McMillan's idea for The Young Healer.

4 Delicious Comments:

Anonymous said...

I thought this was a great book. It had lots of interesting times. I just couldn't put it down!!! The ending had a very happy ending!
Fort Zumwalt North Middle

Anonymous said...

Young Healer is a great book! Full of mystery and suspense, this book will take you on an unsuspected journey full of hope, fear, and mystery!

Fort Zumwalt North Middle

Shannon Steimel said...

I think this is a really interesting idea for a book, to pair ancient Native American traditions with a fast-paced urban setting like NYC. I'm looking forward to reading this book. --Shannon Parker, Librarian, Lift for Life Academy.

Kenneth H. said...

I like that this is about curing people and she is only 11 years old and she is about to save her little brother's life. I want to know what her new Lakota secret name is. --Kenneth, 8th grader at Lift for Life Academy

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