Jodi Lea Stewart

Loving and Writing About the Southwest and the South

Adventure! Mystery! Surprise Endings! ALL-Age Fiction set on the Navajo Rez!

If you’re addicted to scarves, you should know a lot about knots right?

That’s true for the main character of the adventure-mystery trilogy, SILKI, THE GIRL OF MANY SCARVES.

Silki’s favorite danger knot for tying her ever-present scarves end to end is the Double Overhand Stopper knot. In this example, on a very dark night, Silki and her best friend, Birdie, have fallen into an underground cavern on Concho Mountain. Silki is several feet below Birdie, and she is attempting to climb up to her.

“Hold on a minute, Birdie, while I do something.” I worked my scarf ends into Double-Overhead-Stopper knots, the strongest kind Grandfather ever taught me. He said they were strong enough to hold mountain climbers. With no light, I had to do my work by feeling. My grubby fingers felt like claws. How far up was Birdie? I double-dogged hoped I had enough scarves to reach from me to her—BOOK ONE, SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT

To honor a certain scarf, like the one her Marine brother Nick gave her, Silki wears it alone.

Now everyone except Grandmother stood in the doorway making sure the corners of their mouths pointed up, not down. My Hermes scarf was tied in a French-Twist knot around my neck. Being worn alone was the highest honor I could give any scarf—BOOK ONE, SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT

Sometimes, Silki’s grandfather—a Korean war veteran and former Marine—tests her “knot knowledge.”

“What kind of knot is that?” Grandfather asked.

I looked up into his brown face. “You know, Shi’cheii. it’s a Simple Overhand knot.

“Use a Palomar on the next one, okay?”

I giggled. “No way, Grandfather. That knot ties hooks to our fishing lines when we go to the White Mountains. I could never untie those knots in a hurry.”

“Then tie a Turk’s head knot in the scarf with the horses on it.”

“Birdie and I make bracelets with Turk’s head knots. They’re too crazy for soft scarves.”

Grandfather nodded and pulled the brim of his Phoenix Suns cap further down on his forehead. The crinkles in his eye wrinkles said he was pleased with my answers. He’d been teaching me knots since I’d learned to tie my shoelaces—BOOK TWO, CANYON OF DOOM

Desperate times . . .

An oath would be broken. Would Aunt Susan and the other keepers of the lion’s secrets understand? My brother Nick said desperate times called for desperate action. I was desperate. Once again, my scarves were the only weapon I had—BOOK TWO, CANYON OF DOOM

When Silki’s cousin Skye from Oregon visits, she decides it’s her duty to teach him about the ways of the Rez, especially about her own world.

I reined Smiles onto the path curving around the bottom of Red Rocks and halted. I untied my black scarf with the turquoise and silver thunderbird in the center. “Tie this scarf on your arm.”

“Tie a scarf on my arm? Why?”

I turned around to look at Skye and bit my lip to keep from laughing. I didn’t know him very well, but I guessed he’d feel awkward if I laughed at his questions. I slid off Smiles with my back to the fender . . . —BOOK THREE, VALLEY OF SHADOWS

In BOOK THREE, the girls are in their biggest danger yet. They have no weapons, and if they don’t do something, it might be too late.

I reminded Birdie she had to send the sand bombs up to me all in one scarf using a Barrel Hitch knot. It was a quick knot and worked great for heavy objects. She hated tying knots, but she was okay with it since the Barrel Hitch was a simple tuck maneuver—BOOK THREE, VALLEY OF SHADOWS

SILKI, THE GIRL OF MANY SCARVES novels will keep you turning the pages, guaranteed! Adventure after adventure with bad guys galore, oddities, mysteries, and always a shocking surprise or several at the end!

~ALL-AGE FICTION AS IT SHOULD BE~

 

AN ADVENTURE-MYSTERY TRILOGY YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS! SILKI, THE GIRL OF MANY SCARVES trilogy has no age limits.

A beautiful display of culture . . . I thoroughly enjoyed Silki, The Girl of Many Scarves. As a Middle School Spanish teacher, I am always excited to find culturally and linguistically relevant literature for our youth. You will fall in love with the characters, and appreciate how authentically the Navajo language and traditions are conveyed. This trilogy is a must read! ~ Tara Moore

 

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