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The Shaman Stone

The Shaman Stone

A multicultural mystery of supernatural proportions

        Take an Indian burial ground, a Hmong refugee, a con artist, a mysterious

Indian woman, the ethnocentric president of a society of bluebloods, a curious stone, and thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Mae Radcliff. Put them all in Maggie Falls, Minnesota, and you’ve got The Shaman Stone, a rip-roaring mystery to please adolescents and adults alike. 

Dave Wood, book reviewer and a past vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle.


“A gifted storyteller.”


        The Shaman Stone, by June Gossler Anderson, is an ambitious project that seeks to speak to the foundations of a nation, more specifically, to a Minnesota that is growing in diversity and asking tough questions of allegiance to its young. The story is a fast-paced adolescent journey into discovering who we are as individuals with complicated family dynamics and the deeper politics of who belongs where. It traverses an imagined landscape in the familiars of Minnesota and traces the activities of places and peoples in a young girl’s encounter with the Hmong and Native Americans of prehistoric and contemporary Minnesota.

Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer, a Hmong Family Memoir


“A solid 4-dimensional read.”




         Was it dumb luck that strong-willed thirteen-year-old Elizabeth Mae found a mysterious stone on the driveway at her aunt’s home? Or was there a reason why it was there?

          This story, as related by Elizabeth Mae Redcliff, tells of her strange experiences while in the possession of the Shaman Stone, a stone with powers that transport her back and forth through time, letting her experience events of ancient Indians.

           Anderson deftly mixes fact with fiction as she weaves her tale about the lives of a diverse people in a small Minnesota community. Included in this story is interesting information about the Bering Strait, the arrival of Indians to the Americas, the many Minnesota Indian Burial Mounds, the Kensington Runestone near Alexandria left by Norsemen before Columbus’s discovery of the Americas, and the most recent immigrants, the Hmong.

           The Shaman Stone is a fast-moving story that will remind its readers to review their own opinions of different cultures.

Shirley J. Christenson, retired Media Services Consultant, School District #11 in Minnesota


“A gem of a story with many facets---all highly polished.”