Eva's Secret Name – Book 1 The Adventures of Eva and Buckskin Charlie
“It took two centuries and two bright kids to begin to bring our cultures together. I will read it to my grandchildren” Louis Annance, former Chief, Western Maine Band Abenaki Indians
Set in Colorado in the early 1870’s, Eva and her family are homesteading.
• Eva and her family arrive at the foot hills of the Rocky Mountains. • Washing a cast iron pan Eva discovers gold and starts the gold rush in Colorado. • Eva discovers a warm spring and sits and soaks her feet. But she hears something... • “Should she stay or should she Run?” • She stays and meets Buckskin Charlie, a fourteen-year old Soto Indian. • The adventures begin: o They are chased by a bear o Eva meets the Soto Chief, Horseman Charlie and his wife Abbitia – a mystic. o Eva receives a Soto secret name o In three months, she will discover the meaning of the secret name at the Soto Hunting Ceremony o A far greater surprise is in revealed the following day.
These two, young people celebrate their different cultures and make important contributions to their families and their native and settler communities
In this first volume Eva and her family begin to learn from the Soto how to live with nature and adopt the Indian way of living in harmony with nature andin balance within their community.
About John W. Norton (Charlotte, North Carolina Author)
John is a Maine native who has lived in Charlotte for the last ten years with his life partner and fishing buddy Helen.
John is trained as a biochemist, worked in research, and an executive in public health and business. He has taught and lectured in colleges. For the past ten or more years he has been an antique dealer where he sharpened his skills in telling tall tales.
John began his writing career two years ago when he decided to write a "chapter book" with his granddaughter Eva, age eight. She lives in Colorado and this was a way to stay in contact. One hundred and sixty thousand words later, we have written a six book series, "The Adventures of Eva and Buckskin Charlie." The books are set in Colorado before it became a state. The series is introduced by a prequel, "The Fortune Teller on the Train."