DURHAM, NC – Foreword Reviews, the celebrated indie press trade review journal, has named Anung’s Journey by Durham author Carl Nordgren amongs its Top 10 Indie Middle Grade Books of 2014:
“In clear, unadorned language, Carl Nordgren tells the story of Anung, an orphaned Ojibway boy who traverses the land to share with the greatest chief of the nations how all the men and women of his tribe cared for him when his parents died. This story gently proffers a message of cooperation and harmony with nature, community members, and all the world’s people. The surprising ending ties together Eastern and Western legends to reveal the unity of all people, despite cultural, physical, or geographical differences.”
The complete post, “From Goddesses to Zombies, 10 Best Indie Middle Grade Novels of 2014,” can be viewed on the Foreword Reviews blog.
Anung’s Journey is based on an ancient Ojibway legend as told to the author by Steve Fobister, the youngest elected Ojibway chief of Grassy Narrows Reserve in Canada.
“This is an excellent book. Carl did a masterful job of telling an Elder’s account of Anung’s journey,” says Shirley Sorrels, Director, Museum of Ojibwa Culture.
Anung’s Journey has also received praise from Kirkus Reviews. “[Nordgren's] storytelling is compelling and rich in images. A fascinating look at the melding of North American cultures.”
Anung’s Journey is available online and anywhere books are sold, including The Regulator in Durham and Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill. All books by Light Messages Publishing are distributed by Ingram and INscribe Digital. (Paperback ISBN: 978-1-61153-117-6; eBook ISBN: 978-1-61153-118-3) The novella includes 10 black and white paper cut illustrations by artist Brita Wolf.