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Who killed Usti Yansa? Healthy little boys shouldn't grow weak and die when they have shelter, food and the care of their families, yet Sasa's little brother, the last of her family, sickens, mumbling the mysterious 'I didn't do it right, I didn't do enough. Why didn't it work?' Left alone, mourning and trying to survive in a new place with new ways, Sasa seeks answers ...more
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Published September 14th 2011 by Inknbeans Press (first published September 13th 2011)
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Laurie
Wow! I loved this book! Narrated in an understated, almost journalistic-like, prose, this book packed one heck of a punch. Told from the perspective of a young Cherokee girl, and obviously lovingly researched, this book evoked intense emotion in me. The terrible march to Oklahoma “Indian Territory” on the Trail of Tears was only the beginning of the brutal hardships these displaced people endured.

The book focuses around a mystery. When her healthy five-year-old brother inexplicably weakens then
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Kitty Sutton
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone who would like to know the true story of the outcome of the Trail of Tears
I am the author, and this book is suitable for PG-13. Here is the latest review on Smashwords, the reviewer will also put review on Goodreads:

Review by: Linda Rae Blair on Feb. 25, 2013 : star star star star star
"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
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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,
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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,
...more
Zona Crabtree
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review by Zona Crabtree (Owl Hollow Books)

Many stories deal with the forced removal of America's native people from their ancestral lands. Most the stories of The Trail of Tears are about the people as a whole. In Wheezer and the Painted Frog, Kitty Sutton delves into the individual lives of a lost dog, his white owner, and a young Cherokee girl and her people. Wheezer, a frightened, lost dog, leads the reader into a tangled mystery. After losing all her family on the trek to the area known as
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Lisa Day
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lesson Learned... ‟Never judge a book by it’s cover or title. I saw this book as it did the rounds on the internet. My first impression was it’s about a childhood fable. WRONG.

‟Wheezer and the Painted Frog” by Kitty Sutton is for anyone with a heart.

Sometimes we need to be reminded of the many people who’s lives were or are full of suffering and heartache. Kitty will do that, so gently you’ll flip through the pages one after another with true earnest to see what happens next.

The story might be
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Vickie
Nov 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my favourite books of 2011. When I neared the end, I didn’t want it to finish. The book opens with a dog running – who is he, where is he running to, where is he running from? From the beginning I was hooked. The background to the story is the plight of the Cherokee and their fight for rights, respect, justice and then pure survival. The story takes place after the Trail of Tears and the Long Walk. Although the book is fictional, you feel like history is flowing all around, with ...more
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
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
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Paul Schofield
Jan 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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David Makinson
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and fascinating story. I bought the book on a whim because the superb title caught my eye, and I am glad I did.To my shame, I know comparatively little of the rich culture of the native American people's or the shameful history of their displacement. One of the aspects of Wheezer and the Painted Frog that I enjoyed the most was the clever way in which the author, Kitty Sutton, has managed to weave a history lesson into the fabric of what is a delightful ...more
Pico Triano
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 of 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 ...more
Pico Triano
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 of 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 ...more
Joe Hinshaw
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
REVIEW: "Wheezer and the Painted Frog" by Kitty Sutton

I would like to get the meat of this review out first. This is a five star read that could interest several age groups and interests. The character development is complete and it is easy to like the good ones and hate the bad. It addresses that "skeleton in the closet" that we as Americans seem to like to keep buried. It is one of the darkest secrets that taints the American legacy. The white man's treatment of the First Nation would be
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Becca Mills
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a wonderful find. It's an involving, well written, well plotted story about a thirteen-year-old Cherokee girl, Sasa, who investigates the mysterious death of her young brother in the barren new settlement to which her tribe has been relegated after walking the Trail of Tears. Sasa teams up with a preternaturally intelligent Jack Russell terrier she rescues and names Wheezer, as well as several older people in her community. She's also assisted by Wheezer's original owner (a virtuous ...more
Cathy
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When a dog is the hero of a story, what on earth is not to like?!

What an excellent tale from Kitty Sutton. One of fact and fiction, married perfectly to create a story set around the appalling eviction of the Cherokee to new territories, in the nineteenth century.

Vital supplies from government are not reaching these destitute people. Though many—old and young—are dying from the hardship, the death of a little boy is incomprehensible to his older sister, Sasa, who is confused by his dying words.
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Greta Burroughs
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
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Linda Rae
Feb 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Candy Little
May 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rich Meyer
Dec 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I was given a copy of this book to review by the author. It's not really set in any of the usual genres I read, but I found it to be a very well-written tale. Kitty Sutton is very knowledgable about the iconography, mythology and history of the Native American people, and this story tells a great tale set against the backdrop of one of our country's more shameful time periods. Definitely worth a read by anyone who likes Native American stories, or good fiction in general.
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Kitty Sutton was born Kathleen Kelley to a Cherokee/Irish family. Both sides of her family were from performing families in Kansas City, Missouri and Kitty was trained from an early age in dance, vocal, art and musical instruments. Her father was a Naval band leader. During the Great Depression, her mother helped to support her family by tap dancing in the speakeasys even though she was just a ...more