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A Scattering of Leaves
(Keeper of the Souls #2)
By Patricia Reynolds
YA Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 316 Pages
August 27th 2019 by Old Crow Publishing


Following his Vision Quest in A Scattering of Crows, Hidden Spirit continues the journey after an unsettling vision of his sister, Chasing Rabbit, in danger. He races against the clock to find the boarding school where Preacher Jim continues to indoctrinate the Sioux children. He fears he will be too late and wonders about the fate of his beloved, Morning Star.

Surviving insurmountable odds, Hidden Spirit rises to the harrowing challenge. Quelling his anger, his inner warrior and magical powers begin to surface and develop in ways he never thought possible. Along the way, he meets some unsuspecting friends and allies that help forge this epic journey.

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“I wish I had seen your Hidden Spirit,” Ellie says, enviously. “He sounds wonderful.”

“Well, he is and it was… like… magic. Hidden Spirit can do mysterious things you know. He’s our hero,” she says, proudly. Little Moon is so excited that she stands up, hops on one foot, grabs a wet dress, and twirls in circles. “He must be near, Ellie. He must be. I have prayed to the Great Spirit every night to guide him to us so that he will take us home.”

“Home?” Ellie repeated, grabbing the girl’s wrists. “That’s marvelous news, Little Moon… to leave this god-awful place.”

“You know,” she says, beaming, “The elders knew he was going to be special, the day he was born. They said he is destined for real big things and that Hidden Spirit’s, grandfather, was going to teach him big secrets from another place… so he could be a really good medicine man. His grandfather is dead, but still has the power. The crows became his friends when he was little, and, when he shot one of them, they taught him a big lesson. Now they protect and guide him. Hidden Spirit is brave,” Little Moon says with her newfound confidence. “He’s a warrior, too. Our people have lots of powers, you know. They wouldn’t scalp you or anything like that, like the white people say.”

Other Books in the Series

A Scattering of Crows
(Keeper of the Souls #1)
By Patricia Reynolds
YA Historical Fantasy
Paperback & ebook, 240 Pages
November 5th 2018 by Old Crow Publishing


A complex tale of magical realism and adventure brings the children’s voice of the Lakota Sioux, to life — taken from their homes and sent hundreds of miles away to a boarding school out east.

A charismatic Preacher, named James Crumm, heard the calling and came forthwith. His mission was to save the children from a life of barbaric savagery and sin— lead them to a life of eternal salvation. The teachers are committed to the Preacher’s vision and set about removing their culture, language and sins. This where the Preacher’s spiral into madness begins.

One young Sioux warrior takes it upon himself to act. His name is Hidden Spirit. He sets out on his mystical steed, guided by his grandfather’s spirit, and undertakes a magical journey to return the children to their rightful home. But this journey will take him to a stranger and more perilous place than he could’ve ever imagined.

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About the Author

Patricia Reynolds lives in Washington State with her partner of many years, along with their adopted family of dogs and cats. She has a passion for nature and the environment, and a soft spot for animals of all kinds. Patricia's primary goal in writing this book was to lend a voice to the forgotten. Her young adult fantasy series: Keeper of the Souls, is based on actual events.

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