Praise for Pukawiss the Outcast
December 05

Praise for Pukawiss the Outcast

NetGalley reviewer Vivian Archer wrote: Joshua is abandoned at his grandfather's house after his mother and father have a falling out. Having not seen each other for nearly a decade, they are unknown to each other. The anger Joshua was feeling about his being pawned off is soon shifted as he comes to embrace the freedom to explore himself and life without his mother's poisonous rhetoric.

Half-Ojibwe, Joshua learns about his Native American self. He's got a friend to help--Mokwa. As a teenager he questions things about himself, he starts to learn, and find self-acceptance with the guidance of his grandfather and friends. There are parts of Joshua that his mother will never accept and things he has to face.

The beginning was a little stilted to me. The introduction to Joshua felt forced, but soon it moved smoothly and I was caught in the story, finishing it in a single sitting. There are people in your life who will take things away from your self and those who embrace all the pieces of you and strengthen them, and once you learn to see those who do which it becomes much easier to see what love truly is. Joshua learns this.

The ending is filled with promises to be fulfilled as Joshua steps up and lives his life.