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Candy Ann Little
on May 13, 2013 :
*NOTE* I was given a copy for an honest and truthful review.
What a great and sad tale to tell. Although it was heartbreaking knowing The Trail of Tears really happened, and it made me feel guilty to know that my ancestors had a part in this tragedy, I also felt relieved to see how Jackson and other white men tried to help. Kitty Sutton writes with knowledge that pulls at your heartstrings. How can you not love a story that has a cute but brave dog (Wheezer), action, romance and an ending that made me cry. This book has it all.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on March 21, 2013 :
A historical novel that delivers on all levels. In her first novel Kitty Sutton pulls her readers into the camps following The Trail of Tears, a sad chapter in American history, and makes you feel right along with her characters. Her research is obvious from the start. As you follow Wheezer and Sasa in search Usti Yansa's killer you will learn about Cherokee culture and history almost without realizing it. This book is well written and even without the history lesson the story itself will keep you interested and will bring you to a satisfying end. I would recommend this book for anyone.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on March 03, 2013 :
Kitty Sutton asked me to read and review "Wheezer and the Painted Frog" and I gladly accepted her request. This book has been out for a while and I have been wanting to read it but just haven't taken the time to do it. I'm sorry I didn't read the book sooner. What a captivating tale!
My reaction to "Wheezer and the Painted Frog" was two-fold. First,the story had my interest from the very first page. Ms Sutton is a wonderful story teller who crafted an enchanting mystery with bits of history mixed in. Her characters are well developed with a mix of people you either love or hate. I am partial to dogs, so having Wheezer as one of the heroes made the story complete.
Secondly, I am familiar with the Trail of Tears and the terrible treatment of the native Americans by the white man. Reading about Wheezer, Sasa and Jackson's quest to fight the wrong doings and get to the truth of why Sasa's little brother was murdered helps me to remember that there are good people in this world who believe in what's right and do whatever they can to overcome the odds against them.
I highly recommend this book to everyone, young and old.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
Linda Rae Blair
on Feb. 25, 2013 :
The Trail of Tears--a story we hear bits and pieces about or get spoon-fed in some Western movie. Here's the heart of it! The isolation, desolation and loss so horrible that, like slavery, it is difficult for twenty-first century white man to comprehend that his fore bearers committed such an atrocity. The aftermath of this horror is brought to us in the person of a young survivor, Sasa, and her loss of all those dear to her. Left to her own devices in a culture where she is barely old enough to be considered an adult, we are shown her struggles, her fears and the dangers that still threaten her. Along comes the adorable and wise Wheezer who seems to be the savior of, not only a sad little girl, but the People as a whole. Wheezer and his friend from another life, Jackson, come to the rescue of her and her Cherokee tribe. Whether or not Jackson and brave little Wheezer can solve a murder, discover the cause of the tribe's starvation and want, as well as save themselves in the process is a story Miss Sutton spins with love and care. Don't miss this opportunity to peek inside the history this story lays before us. It is well worth the trip back in time.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on March 16, 2012 :
This is the story of Sasa, a young Cherokee girl and a Jack Russell called Wheezer. Sasa's brother has been murdered and her Cherokee people are not getting the food and provisions they desperately need. Can Sasa and Wheezer get to the bottom of the mystery and solve it?
This was a story steeped in history. Based on the Cherokee 'Trail of Tears', where they were moved from their land and made to settle elsewhere, with many Cherokees dying along the way. While this was at it's heart a murder mystery, you could feel the history seeping out of every word. Having 5 principal characters, Wheezer/Jack the Jack Russell, Sasa, Jackson, Arch and Anna - the story focussed on the dwindling supplies for the Cherokee settlers and the murder of Sasa's brother Usti Yansa. The story went along at a fair clip and the descriptions were so vivid, I felt I was there walking in their shoes. I loved the inclusion of Wheezer as a main character. Who couldn't fail to be drawn to a book with a dog as one of the principal players? I understand this is Kitty's debut novel-well it had me gripped to the end and I even shed a tear at the conclusion. Well done Kitty, I am anxiously waiting for the follow up!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Sep. 15, 2011 :
Review by Annarita Guarnieri
I approached this book with happy trepidation, because it was carrying me back to a genre I had loved as a child and as a teenager, the one I had grown up with and then I had been forced to leave behind because there weren’t any good western books to read any more.
And it did not fail me.
I realize, however, that defining it just a “western” is highly reductive, for “Wheezer” is much more than that, and can be read on different levels, by people with different interest.
It is, first and foremost, a historical book, looking into one of the most sorrowful pages of the Native Americans’ history, the “Trail where They Cried”, the forced migration of the Cherokee tribe from their native land to the arid Territory of Oklahoma. Kitty Sutton has manage to paint the odissey, the agony of a people with just a few words here and there, never getting boring (as historical books could be) and always touching the heart of the reader.
Then there is Wheezer himself… any reader who loves animals in general and dogs in particular cannot help but being captivated by this small, extremely clever dog, who’s a sort of “deus ex machina” throughout the novel. He’s so cute, so brave, so clever, you’ll never have enough of him, you’ll wish to read more about him.
And the other characters, from Jackson Halley to the little, brave Cherokee girl Sasa, to all the other minor characters, are unforgettable too. Kitty has a way of making them come to life with her words so that the reader can actually “see” them and share their emotions, their despair, their pride, their happiness.
And then there is the “western atmosphere” proper, the landscape, the wide spaces, the forest and the arid plains, all brought to life in such way the reader cannot help but feel transported in another land and in another time.
As I said at the beginning, this book brought me back to the love of my childhood and youth, and I must say that reading Wheezer’s story, the Cherokee people story, Sasa’s story, captivated me as much as the best novels by Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour managed to do so many years ago.
I definitely recommend reading this book. You’ll feel the richer for it
(reviewed the day of purchase)