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The Silent Stranger: A Kaya Mystery (American Girl Mysteries)

3.85  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  27 Reviews
Kaya's village is preparing for the powerful winter Spirit Dances when an injured stranger arrives. The young woman doesn't speak, and no one can reach her but Kaya's beloved dog, Tatlo. Who is the stranger, and why is she so silent and alone? Will she bring harm to the village--or take Tatlo away from Kaya? Kaya searches for clues about the woman-- but she must look deep ...more
Paperback, 132 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Alice
Jan 28, 2014 Alice rated it really liked it
After finishing the Kaya series, my kids wanted more, so I got this through inter-library loan. This book is written on a slightly higher reading level than the ones from the series, with maybe twice as many pages. I had to explain a few vocabulary words to my 7 and 8 year olds, but they had no problem following the basic story. All of my children (7-12) enjoyed the story and its suspense. As a more experienced reader, it seemed predictable to me, but they were surprised at what happened and hap ...more
Ciara
Dec 30, 2011 Ciara rated it liked it
i got a big stack of american girl mysteries from the public library & have been reading them. i'm not sure what i think of them. on the one hand, it's nice to get another story about these characters beyond their six introductory books. it helps to flesh out their lives, personalities, habits, relationships, & environments. on the other hand, the mysteries seem to be a little bit complex for children & are often solved thanks to a deus ex machina.

this is the one & only kaya myst
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Rebecca
Feb 28, 2010 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Great mystery for Kaya fans., February 24, 2005


Kaya and her band of Nez Perce Indians have settled into their winter home in the Salmon River Country, and are preparing for the upcoming winter Spirit Dances. One day, two of Kaya's cousins find an injured young woman lost in the wilderness. They bring her back to the village. Kaya names the stranger Hawk Woman, and is determined to reach her. But Hawk Woman refuses to communicate and seems lost
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Mike
Jun 22, 2011 Mike rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. Historical fiction is my favorite genre in books and movies. The book was exciting, interesting, and easy to read. I was happy to learn a few things about the Nez Perce culture and native american culture in general. One really interesting thing is that native Americans of different tribes were able to communicate through sign language. A few times Kaya attempts to "throw" words with her hands to her mysterious visitor. I also really enjoyed the photos and his ...more
Ashley
Jun 18, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Kaya's village is preparing for the powerful winter Spirit Dances when an injured stranger arrives. She doesn't speak, and no one can reach her but Kaya's beloved dog, Tatlo. Who is the stranger, and why is she so silent and alone? Kaya searches for clues, but she must look deep inside her own heart to truly understand.

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Each night when Janet Shaw was a girl, she took out a flashlight and book hidden under her pillow until she fell asleep. She and her brother liked to act out stor
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Kyra
Apr 10, 2013 Kyra added it
I really enjoyed this book. I love the Kaya series, so when I found this book at a mall I knew I had to buy it.

The book is about Kaya who is getting ready with her tribe Nez Perce for the spirit dances. The book begins with a woman that is injured and was brought by Kaya's younger twin brothers; Wing Feather and Sparrow. The stranger cannot speak, make signs, and her hands are burned badly. Kaya wants to help the stranger in any way she can, but the strange lady shrugs her help and sorrow away.
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Amanda
May 21, 2012 Amanda rated it liked it
Standard American Girl fare, although it is one of the first mysteries. It's suprising Kaya even has a mystery since she is so often shafted by the privileged young girls who would rather have Samantha.

Shaw has written all of the Kaya books and this is like a remix of them. The plotline includes the standards of Kaya mourning Swan Circling, one of Kaya's animals misbehaving, and Kaya asking her elders a crap load of unanswerable questions.

Decent, and a nice addition to Kaya's world. Three stars.
Callie Stillion
Dec 14, 2013 Callie Stillion rated it it was amazing
Kaya meets a stranger and it`s hands are burnt and everyone is afraid. Finally Kaya asks and her Grandmother says, 'Her spirit is most likely hurt and she needs comfort. Just leave her alone unless you find it necessary.' Kaya follows this... and then one day the stranger is missing. Can Kaya find her? Or is she now alone? ...more
Jess
Dec 10, 2011 Jess rated it really liked it
Kaya's village is preparing for the powerful winter spirit dances when an injured stranger arrives. She doesn't speak, and no one can reach her but Kaya's beloved dog, Tatlo. Who is the stranger, and why is she so silent and alone? Kaya searches for clues, but she must look deep inside her own heart to truly understand.
Julie
Nov 08, 2008 Julie rated it liked it
We (Alyssa, Kara, and I) read the whole Kaya series (6 short and this last one a little longer) in Sept. and Oct. and loved it. I was entertained and educated throughout. I'm sold on the American Girl books. We're going to read them all probably by the end of the school year, if not by February.
Kristine Hansen
Feb 27, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it really liked it
A stranger comes to Kaya's people but doesn't seem to want help, though she's obviously looking for something. Kaya resolves to find the answer of what this woman wants and why she keeps taking Kaya's dog. She grows up a lot in the process. Interesting story.
Breann
Mar 16, 2010 Breann rated it did not like it
I didn't think this was the best book in the world because it just wasn't my type, it wasn't adventurous and mysterious enough. It may be okay for some people but it just wasn't my type of book.
Edna Little Fish In Running Waters Spring
I learned what it is like and what you can learn by being "silent".
I, also, learned some Nez Perce Customs and words, where and how they lived. So different from the Iroquois.
Meadow Frisbie
Dec 15, 2008 Meadow Frisbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: american-girl
When Kaya's tribe finds a women out in the snow who's hands are badly burned and has lost her voice Kaya tries to find out where she came from and why she is here.
Sarah Crawford
Feb 16, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
This is a Kaya Mystery book and is about the tribe finding a woman who is alone and whose hands are badly burnt. Not only that but she seems to be having some form of mental problem as she seems to be constantly searching for something, but no one knows what since she won't use sign language and doesn't speak the tribe's language.

The problem becomes worse for Kaya when her dog takes a liking to the woman and seems to become more her dog than Kaya's dog, stirring jealousy in Kaya. People are con
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Hot*cheetos*303
Sep 18, 2008 Hot*cheetos*303 rated it it was amazing
this book was very detailed. so it was like the author was painting a picture in my head!!
Violet
On an old reading list...estimated to have been read in 2006.

I loved this AG mysteries....
Savvy Jones
Oct 24, 2008 Savvy Jones rated it liked it
It was a good book. I recommend to all who like mysteries.
Shimmywith4
Apr 04, 2011 Shimmywith4 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it
Every bit as good as the series was.
Dani
Oct 04, 2008 Dani rated it liked it
I read this six times five years ago
Brenna
Jun 10, 2011 Brenna rated it it was amazing
The best Kaya book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tina
May 23, 2011 Tina rated it it was amazing
It was a great Kaya Mystery!
Rachel
Dec 06, 2015 Rachel rated it did not like it
I was disappointed in the heavy focus on spirit worship in this book. For a juvenile book, I felt there was way too much involvement in spirit guides, evil spirits, fear of the spirit world, and other dark themes. I will not be able to share it with my girls, because they are pretty sensitive to mysterious themes like that. Although the ending shows the basis for the stranger's abnormal interactions, there is really no resolution of all the spirit-involvement, and the reader is left wondering ho ...more
Sydney
Jun 13, 2015 Sydney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i love this book. Kaya learns to become more kind to a stranger that is rude to her,and learns to have a open heart
Kelly
Jul 30, 2015 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: ag-books
Really liked this. The story was well written and the mystery was good.
Megan Carmody
Aug 08, 2013 Megan Carmody rated it did not like it
Absolutely boring. Nothing happens in the first half of the book and barely anything happens in the second half. I found this shocking because I liked all of the other American girl novels but this one is a no. Even though I am much to old for these stories I wouldn't even want to read it to a younger child or give it as a gift because they would hate me for giving them an awful boring present. The only thing that did actually happen was the pointless killing of a dog, that didn't even need to b ...more
Lola
Feb 17, 2016 Lola rated it it was ok
I'm not sure why they started to write a series of American Girl mysteries, but I'm not a huge fan. I've never been a big Kaya fan to begin with, so this book did very little for me. The only plus of it is that it is a little longer and more mature than the typical American Girl fare.
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