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The Girl in the Thistles

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Young Adult US Historical Fiction

A Debut Novel from S.K. Sandvig
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 *  The ache for home lives in all of us  *

Emilie, the 19-year-old daughter of a Sioux mother and a Scottish father, finds her home destroyed when her clan is caught up in the US-Dakota war of 1862. Her sick mother is sent to a prisoner-of-war camp and Emilie sets out to find her father, who has been missing since the beginning of the war. With help from two new and unlikely friends, Eustis and Anders, she begins a treacherous and emotional journey to track him down. Will she find him? Will her mother live to see Emilie again? And will Emilie be able to find the home she longs for?

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S.K. is a retired pastor with a passion for powerful stories of history that give voice to underrepresented events and people. These kinds of stories are like breezes from the past that inspire us and give us greater understanding of the world we live in.

S.K holds degrees in architecture, Biblical studies, and education, and has been a General Contractor. He has lived in multiple places, but has a special love for the wide-open spaces of the Dakotas (where he grew up), and Australia (where his children were born). He and his wife have four children and fourteen grandchildren who often ask him for more stories.

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