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Kaya's Hero: A Story of Giving (American Girls: Kaya #3)

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,159 Ratings  ·  34 Reviews
Kaya is in awe of a young warrior woman named Swan Circling, who's so fearless, she doesn't even flinch when a runaway horse gallops straight at her! Swan Circling goes with the men into battle, bringing them fresh horses and tending to the wounded. If I were as strong as Swan Circling, Kaya thinks, I'd find a way to get my sister back. Swan Circling has heard the children ...more
Paperback, 73 pages
Published September 1st 2002 by American Girl Publishing Inc
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Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked it. It's a quick read and just enough adventure. it was also touching
Mar 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I cried so hard!
Leona  Carstairs
May 06, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the saddest Kaya book. I remember when I read it as a younger child, 8 or 9 years old, I was really, really sad at the ending. I also had admired Swan Circling and totally see why she was Kaya's hero.
It seems like Kaya begins to grow up and mature throughout the series which is great!
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is another really interesting story about Kaya and her life among the Nez Perce. In this tale Kaya finds a hero to look up to in the village, Swan Circling, an incredibly brave woman.

She stops a horse from running away with a baby attached to it's saddle, and from that moment on Kaya looks up to Swan Circling. They develop a close relationship and the older girl helps teach Kaya about things she should know.

One of the very interesting things is how the Nez Perce used stories to pass along
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children, historical
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In this book Kaya sees Swan Circling save her aunt's baby when a horse runs away with her. She immediately looks up to Swan Circling after that and secretly hopes they become friends. She can think of nobody who would be a better friend and could have more to teach her than the warrior woman. After an unexpected death Kaya must learn to accept her gift from the person who has died so they can move on. This is a great book about death and grieving for the young. It also shows how Kaya's people th ...more
Mar 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is slower than number two in the series- Kaya herself isn't ever really in immediate danger but she does witness some dramatic events. I love that she has an admiration-based relationship with a brave and honorable young woman, but the ending is SO sad. Luckily Isobel wasn't nearly as sad about it as I was. I guess she doesn't really understand the finality of death yet. As we read through the Kaya books, I keep thinking about how much more they'll mean to her when she's a couple of ye ...more
Felicity The Magnificent
Aug 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Kaya has met Swans Circling, a warrior woman, who is brave, fearless and everything Kaya wishes she could be. Kaya and Swans Circling quickly becomes friends and through their friendship Swans Circling inspires Kaya to be better and work harder to help others. When Brown Deer's baby becomes ill and needs a precious medicine from a plant, Swans Circling offers to ride into the dangerous icy woods to retrieve it, but journey claims her life and Kaya is devastated, but Swans Circling has one last p ...more
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Esther May
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
I like Kaya herself. But I did not love this book. She sometimes forgets to live because she is so worried about things that happened in her past. Kaya's life is very sad. Hard things happen to her. I like that I had the opportunity to talk to my daughter about death and forgiving yourself. Other than that, I did not love this book.
Oct 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Zoe and I just joined a Liberty Girls group (thanks Myra!!!!!). This book is my first time reading the American Girl series. I feel like the writing is genuine, interesting, and relevant. The characters are very approachable. The author has her message about character, but she's not preachy
Partridge Public
Sep 27, 2007 added it
Recommends it for: JF Sha
Shelves: juniorfiction
Shaw, Janet PB
Miss Clark
Oct 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Read in year of publication
Mar 04, 2013 added it
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Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book dealing with moral issues. Not the best written like all am girl books but a good lesson.
Kristine Hansen
Aug 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Bittersweet story where Kaya really begins to develop her character and become someone worth knowing.
Nov 07, 2016 added it
Shelves: ok-2016-3-fall
Stephanie P
Oct 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Listened to it as an audiobook. I really liked the relationship between Kaya and her hero in the book and all that it taught Kaya.
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
SWAN CIRCLING! So sad. I wish swan circling could come back.
Oct 04, 2008 rated it liked it
I loved this when I was nine. I read it seven times!
Jun 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Very sad! But very good!
Jul 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jessica by: goodreads
See the first book in the series for a full review.
Jun 30, 2009 rated it liked it
Your proble asking "If she didn't like these books then why didn't she stop reading them?" Because when I start A sieries I HAVE to finesh it.
Oct 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Maybe one of the only American girl stories with death
Jan 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ag-books, own
Meh. Sad, but not notable.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it liked it
So interesting and different from the other types of books.
Feb 15, 2009 rated it liked it
VEERRY HAPPY, SAD, and it was a verry good book.
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