YA Book Central reviews “Cady and the Bear Necklace”

What worked:
The book features modern-day Indians living in Upper Michigan and the importance of preserving their heritage. Cady takes a 20-minute bus ride to attend an Indian school even though a public school is located only minutes from her home. Her father isn’t knowledgeable about their tribe’s history but he thinks it’s important for Cady to learn. Cady is respectful of her Indian past and is open to this learning, an attitude not shared by all young people. She jumps at the chance to interview a friend’s grandmother for a school project, and that’s when the book jumps into the meat of the plot.
The mystery of an old beaded necklace with a bear figure attached consumes Cady’s character. The conflict arises while she’s interviewing John Ray’s grandmother. The woman happily answers all of Cady’s questions until she asks about a photograph that had dropped to the floor. The woman becomes terse and agitated and tells Anna she needs to leave. This severe contrast in moods creates confusion for readers and Cady spends the rest of the book trying to uncover the story behind the necklace. Why won’t anyone talk about it? Readers will learn more about Cady’s family history as well as the tribe’s heritage and customs.
Cady is the main character and the story faces many challenges. Her relationship with her father changes after he remarries and her stepmother seems more like an older sister. Cady loves her baby brother but his presence changes the family dynamics, as he demands constant attention. Also, Cady has feelings for John Ray but she’s not sure how he feels about her. Her principal tells her that finding an eagle’s feather might be a sign from the spirits that she needs to complete a special task or solve a mystery. There are too many clues to be a coincidence and Cady is confused as to why she’s been given the task. The grandmother’s reaction to the photograph and Cady finding a hidden necklace make her determined to understand the history behind it.

What didn’t work as well:
An effective hook in the opening chapters of this short book would help grab readers right away. Sharing Cady’s problems with school, living with a very young stepmother, a new baby brother, and learning about her Indian heritage don’t do it. Once the bear necklace is introduced, the story becomes a mystery and carries the rest of the plot, although the conflict lacks strong emotions and tension.

The Final Verdict:
Trust the power within yourself. The most enjoyable part of the book is the emphasis on Indian heritage and culture. Times are changing and it’s important to honor the history of our ancestors. Resolving the mystery of the necklace feels more like a personal project than an actual conflict, so the story would be improved with more suspense or drama. Overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to readers who like Indian storytelling

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Life Skills, 2nd Edition

SKU 978-1-61599-680-3
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Improve the Quality of Your Life with Applied Metapsychology
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UPC: 978-1-61599-680-3
Brand: Loving Healing Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 2nd
Author: Marian K. Volkman
Pages: 222
Publication Date: 09/01/2022

Metapsychology, as developed by Frank A. Gerbode, MD, is a subject rich in philosophy and practical application. Applied Metapsychology is the practical application of this subject to fulfill personal goals, from relieving past pain to living more fully to expanding consciousness. Life Skills expands on this and the reader will:

  • Learn handy brief remedies to assist another person after a shock, injury or other distress
  • Learn simple methods for expanding your awareness on a daily basis
  • Gain a deeper understanding of relationships and how to strengthen and nurture any relationship
  • Learn the components of successful communication, what causes communication to break down, and how to repair breakdowns
  • Gain vital keys to understanding those behaviors of other people that have previously been inexplicable to you
  • Learn an effective tool for making important life decisions
  • Explore human potential

"Marian Volkman's Life Skills is a serious, impressive, and thoughtful work with one objective in mind: teaching how to reach one's full potential in practical, pragmatic, easy-to-follow steps that will literally change one's life. This masterpiece of a survival guide will benefit all who turn its pages. The chapter on the importance of relationships is worth the price of the book alone, as most problems in life are relationship-oriented." --James W. Clifton, M.S., Ph.D., LCSW

"If you liked the first edition of Life Skills, you will be delighted to know that in this edition, we find even more exercises to achieve the goals of each chapters, more context and explanations in each section to reach even deeper reflections and realizations." --Gina Michaud, B. Ed., OCT, Certified Traumatic Incident Reduction Facilitator

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