About the Book
Title: Wind Catcher (Chosen, Book 1) | Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef | Publication Date: March 21, 2015 | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 324 | Recommended Ages: 10+
Winner: Mom’s Choice Award — Silver Medal
Winner: 2015 Beverly Hills Book Award – Best YA Fiction
Winner: Awesome Indies — Seal of Approval
Recipient: Readers’ Favorite — 5 Star Review
Evolved Publishing presents the first thrilling installment in “Chosen” by award-winning author Jeff Altabef, and his daughter Erynn Altabef. This fantasy adventure series is steeped in American Indian culture and so much more.
Juliet Wildfire Stone hears voices and sees visions, but she can’t make out what they mean. Her eccentric grandfather tells her stories about the Great Wind Spirit and Coyote, but he might as well be speaking another language. None of it makes any sense.
When she stumbles upon a series of murders, she can’t help but worry her grandfather might be involved. To discover the truth, Juliet must choose between her new life at an elite private school and her Native American heritage. Once she uncovers an ancient secret society formed over two hundred years ago to keep her safe, she starts to wonder whether there’s some truth to those old stories her grandfather has been telling her.
All she wants is to be an average sixteen-year-old girl, but she has never been average-could never be average. Betrayed by those she loves, she must decide whether to run or risk everything by fulfilling her destiny as the Chosen.
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Excerpts and Links to Reviews of “Wind Catcher”
Wind Catcher received 21 new reviews through this Book Review Blitz.
1:25am Reviews: “Wind Catcher is such an incredibly unforgettable read! It held my interest from the very beginning to the very end! Seriously, it’s epic! I actually have a feeling this series is going to be the next big thing in the young adult genre.”
Amy Bowens (Amazon): “From start to finish this story was a thrilling and riveting. The history behind this story was truly amazing and had was so well detailed. The characters were flawless.“
2ReadBook: “Stunning cover, absolutely fits the tale of this book. I felt the powerful and spiritual element with the ancient just by looking at the cover, so what did I do? I read this story in one sitting.“
Weet Weet’s Bookshelf: “A teenager growing up in two different worlds, Juliet feels lost. When strange things start happening to her and in her community, she isn’t sure what to think. So many secrets are starting to be revealed and she finds that she has been lied to by many people, friends and family alike.“
Bookworm for Kids: “This is a coming of age story, full of depth and development, but adds a dash of the supernatural and a weaves in a murder mystery as well.“
Cheryl C. (Goodreads): “I liked several things about this story: For instance, the realistic struggle of Juliet to just be normal, just like everyone else. Having taught high school for 25 years, I have to say the authors captured the constant struggle of teens to find their place in their own small world as well as in the adult world quite well.”
Rockin’ Book Reviews: “This Father – Daughter authored story is one both YA and Adults will both enjoy!”
Jane Ritz: “Wind Catcher is a wonderful book. It is full of adventures and suspense,The cover is awesome.“
Dividing by Zero: “You know how sometimes you’re reading a book and realize you’re approaching the end, and you’re sad because you’re not ready for the story to be over yet? That’s how I felt about Wind Catcher”
Tara L. (Amazon): “I was especially eager to share it with my 12yr. daughter. I feel like it was an invitation into the world of a brave and strong young woman. A young lady that that I want my daughter to look up to and be encouraged by.“
LisaVBr (Goodreads): “I did enjoy reading Wind Catcher, and I would give it 4 3/4 stars. I would recommend it to middle school on up readers. This would be an excellent book for parents to read along and discuss with your children. I am looking forward to the future books in the series.“
Kay LaLone ~ I Love Books!: “I loved this book. The characters come to life on the pages.”
Amanda’s Books and More: “I was thankful to find a book that piqued my interest. An enjoyable read; this book has an adventurous and action packed feel to it. There were many exciting and tense-filled moments. The hint of romance satisfied my need for a bit of ‘ooh-la-la’. With complete ease of mind, I can happily say that I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.“
The Ninja Librarian: “[I]t was a good book. The plot is fairly intricate, but doesn’t drop threads, and the action is intense.“
BeachBoundBooks: “Wind Catcher is a spellbinding young adult read, brimming with Native American legend and thrilling mystery. Readers will become entranced as the story unfolds.“
Library Cat (Amazon): “This book includes suspense and fantasy as it tells Juliet’s struggle to fit in and also accept the culture of her grandfather. It realistically relates the struggle that many young people face during their teen years and also gives a true portrayal of conflict between generations.“
Bing (Goodreads): “I fell in love with this book soon after I started reading it. It didn’t take long for me to become certain that this was my kind of book and the best of its kind too. It has the perfect mix of suspense, mystery, and fantasy. The book is very well written, action-packed and filled with a variety of interesting characters. The storyline is gripping and well-paced.“
WS Momma Reader’s Nook: “This book is a great mixture of a coming-of-age novel with a lot of Native American mythology… A great middle grade read…”
Jemima P. (Goodreads): “This is a really interesting setting, with a teen girl really going through some very odd experiences as she tries to reconcile her Native American roots and single-mom-plus-weird-grandfather upbringing with a snooty school full of rich kids and an often-absent Mom who’s got a power legal career.”
Nerdy Champagne: “The writing is really good and you’d surely want the next book. I know I do. If you’re into fantasy/mythology, (whatever) you might like this.”
Mami Tales: “Wind Catcher should be in a new niche of its own. It is a mystery-crime novel, it is a coming of age novel… but it is also a Fantasy novel. The prose caught me from the get-go, the book is beautifully written, and I dove deep into the story.“
About the Authors: Jeff Altabef & Erynn Altabef
Wind Catcher is a joint project between the father/daughter team of Jeff Altabef and Erynn Altabef. Jeff is an award-winning author with two published thrillers. He has a column on The Examiner focused on writing, and volunteers at the local community college. Erynn is an avid reader, dancer, and community activist who has just earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. When she’s not in high school, she loves reading performing in school musicals, baking, and watching movies with her friends.