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Hidden Powers

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Papakoosigun rebels and flees the world she's always known. This action throws her into a chain of events she never could've imagined or realized were her destiny all along. This young elf maiden takes you along as she makes her amazing journey.
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Published October 31st 2011 by VR Janis
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Like every self-published book I've ever read, the most obvious comment that always comes to mind is that the book could truly benefit from the services of a professional editor. But occasional spelling inconsistencies, grammatical snafus, and formatting issues aside, this was a very nice story. It has many of the elements that make so many young adult books work: a heroine who has lost her way and must refind it with the assistance of new friends, only to discover along the way that there is mo ...more
Patricia A.
Hats off the the first Lakota author for writing this kind of material! Even though this book, Hidden Powers, was written for ages 10-14, I truly enjoyed it as an adult of 53 years old. The book was printed in larger print which made for easier reading and also that it was not such a long drawn out story. I so enjoyed the story of Papakoosigun's journey of fleeing her homeland and life as she knew, to the land and life of the unknown. Papakoosigun's courage to run away from everything was very e ...more
Reading a book written by a Native with elves and dwarfs is new to me. But it is nice to know someone has the motivation and imagination to write a book such as Hidden Powers. Reading (ABOUT THE AUTHOR), I feel she wrote to give the gift of stories to not only her children, but to all children and young adults. If I am correct most of the characters have Anishinaabe (Native) names which have a translation in the back of the book. This book can be read to children and keep their minds going for h ...more
I think this book is a good book for a young adult or even an adult to read, I liked the thought that all the characters had native names, this is the first book I read that was written by a native, its good that there are native authors out there and have the imagination to write a fantasy book. I like the fact that they were elves.

In the beginning of the book, it made u think about what was going to happen an what is going to happen, it seems like some of the emotional and the problems she w
Quincey Jones
I Loved the book, I already gave it to my 5 yr old daughter. I am not a hardcore book reader but the book caught my interest and I have to say it was a good read. It gave me a sense of pride to know that our native people are out there accomplishing great things. It is encouraging. I love the characters and the story. I look forward to the movie and I do plan on reading more of the Hidden Powers books. Thank you so much for being a positive aspiration to all of us in the Native Community. Congra ...more
Rose Klix
Magic mixed with folklore and ethnic personalities - these promise an interesting story. World building is difficult, because the author must be very clear of the location with all the appropriate furnishings and accoutrements in that space and time.
Ms. Janis attempted a lot in this first novel. Perhaps her next
book(s) in this series will make everything more clear.
Unfortunately, I didn't feel as sympathetic for this immature elf as I should. My adult eyes colored the perception of her elfin
V R Janis’ Hidden Powers is a very interesting novel to read. It is about a young girl who runs away from her family and where she grew up, something anyone could relate to. She finds that she ran away for a very good reason. I like how Janis used her own cultures and where she grew up to write this novel. I like especially that she used “The Black Hills of South Dakota” in her writings. When I was younger, I have always heard stories about “little people,” but they weren’t good stories. She use ...more
Nov 10, 2013 Trudy marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: pre-teens
Recommended to Trudy by: kiri close
I found "Hidden Powers" to be very inspirational due to the characters practice of respecting the earth and each other. The homage paid to Native Americans entwined with aspects of the fantasy world was done with such creative wisdom that it gives the reader a personal insight to the background of the author. V.R. Janis does a remarkable job of expressing and translating her Ojibwe culture throughout the book. The kindness that was shown to Papakoosigun by the elder Anishnaabe lady and the two e ...more
Amberose A.
This book is a heartwarming tale filled with action, love, and wonder. The beginning was very entertaining because the action took place right away. The introduction of the main character and the emotions that she portrayed drew in attention. Mystery was a key element in the first and second chapters. Without knowing one would not be able to tell what type of story this is, until the third chapter. Chapter four was very detailed in putting the past into focus. The characters were well written wh ...more
Jessica Deegan
Good read

enjoyed reading this book this is a book I could recommend to my family and friends with children great for the imagination gonna read this book to my kids! :)
S. Policar
S. Policar marked it as to-read
Aug 06, 2013
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