The State of Minnesota is unique in that it has a large Indian population, the second largest group of Hmong immigrants in the nation, and once housed over eleven thousand Indian burial mounds. Add to that mix a mysterious Indian woman, a Hmong refugee, the ethnocentric president of the Founding Families Association, a con artist, and a curious stone with the ability to navigate both time and space, and you have a "multicultural mystery of supernatural proportions."
Elizabeth Mae Radcliff is the thirteen year-old descendant of one of Maggie Falls' founding fathers and the daughter of the Maggie Falls undertaker. While attempting to visit her Aunt Betty at the old family homestead next to the cemetery she stumbles across an unusual stone with curious markings. Picking it up she discovers, much to her chagrin, that it has the ability to transport her-- in both time and space--to Indian mounds and villages and cemeteries. But what is the reason for these journeys? With the help of the family's enigmatic housekeeper, Annie Birdsong, Elizabeth Mae puzzles out the purpose of this relic from another world, helps to right a wrong and appease the ancient spirits, and makes a historically significant discovery in the process.
The Shaman Stone is a lively, fast-paced history/mystery adventure interwoven with cultural and historical references. In it you will meet Auntie Mai, a Hmong woman who tells her terrifying story of escape from Laos. You'll witness the genesis of an Indian burial mound nearly 2000 years ago, and experience the power of the dancers at a contemporary powwow.
Mystery and Adventure; History and Intrigue are among the elements awaiting you within the covers of The Shaman Stone.
Prologue to The Shaman Stone
I don’t know if it was a voice in my head that woke me or if I actually heard one. The early morning sun was blasting in through my bedroom window, and a bunch of birds were squawking like mad. One big bird in particular really freaked me out. It was sitting on my mother’s grave staring at me through the window. It was an eagle.
Short reviews by Dave Wood, book reviewer and past vice-president of the National Book Club Critics Circle; Shirley Christenson, retired media supervisor for District 11 (Anoka-Hennepin) School District in Minnesota; and Kalia Yang, author of the bestselling Hmong Memoir, The Latehomecomer, can be accessed by clicking on the review button below.
About the author
Born in Northeast Minneapolis, June Gossler-Anderson has lived in Andover, Minnesota for over half her life and has been writing for most of it. Combining her love of history with her love of writing, June is one of four contributing writers for the history columns in the Anoka newspapers. In addition to writing she lists as her hobbies and passions: grandchildren, gardening, genealogy, and ghosts. She is one of the Anoka County Historical Society docents leading ghost tours through the City of Anoka May through Halloween.
Her first novel, The Shaman Stone, published by Grannygirl Press, was released in April, 2010. Ms Anderson is available for book store signings, and talking to book clubs, organizations, and school classes. She can be reached through her e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs. Anderson graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS degree in elementary education. She went on to major in library science and English at the College of St. Catherine, now St. Catherine University, in St. Paul, Minnesota, and earned certification as a media generalist through St. Cloud University. Her college research paper, expanding on the memoirs of her great-grandfather's Civil War experience, was later published in book form. Over the years Mrs. Anderson has written and published a collection of stories based on her childhood memoirs, and engaged in a variety of writing and editing projects, which include writing columns on area history for the local newspapers. She currently serves as the executive director of the Anoka County Arts Alliance.
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