Silki thinks she made up Wol-la-chee, the Ancient Ant Man, but he somehow shrieks into her life one fateful summer day. Her best friend accuses her of getting her real and unreal confused, and things are disappearing right and left from all over the Rez. How long can one girl handle the whole Ancient World by herself anyway?
“A plan began clotting in what our biology teacher called Wetware—my brain. What if I went to Concho Mountain and confronted the Ancient? What if I gave every stinking piece of old history back and ordered him to leave? Was that normal thinking…me hashing it out with someone who almost didn’t exist?”
SILKI, A YOUNG NAVAJO GIRL, thought she’d made upWol-la-chee, the Ancient Ant Man, on one of her horseback rides with her best friend Birdie. When Wol-la-chee shrieks into her life one summer day on Concho Mountain, Silki’s world turns upside down. With her family pushing her toward more responsibility and respect for her heritage, how can Silki find the time to solve this new and frightening mystery? And if Birdie thinks Silki has gotten her real and unreal mixed up, will that push the two girls apart or bring them back together?
Woven with Navajo language, tradition, and lore, SUMMER OF THE ANCIENT is the first book in a series of one girl’s adventures in the American Southwest.