Abigail Waits

Abigail Waits

by Bunny Lee


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Bullying - the word itself brings negative connotations, it doesn't differentiate race, gender, or creed. Boundless with its grip and cruelty, the assistance of the internet leads it slithering through homes, schools, cities and countries. Abigail becomes a victim, the child of colonists settling in America a skirmish with Indians kills her family. Following the sounds of wails an Indian Chief finds Abigail hiding in a barn and decides to spare her. Removed from the only life she had known to live with a family of another land and race, she finds that this new world is not kind. She feels distrust and suspicions beating down on her because she doesn't look like those around her. A boy decides she is the enemy and charges her with a burning stick, leaving Abigail without an eye, fueling the stares and whispers. Standing bravely, Abigail waits to be selected on a team playing stickball, only to be left alone as others walk away laughing and whispering. Retreating to the woods and sitting by a stream is Abigail's only solace. Abigail's Indian mother Leotie finds her with fever one night and rushes her to the Medicine Man. Despite his best efforts, Abigail dies. The woods and stream are where she felt peace and happy. " No one can hurt me here." Abigail chooses to remain there... In modern day Hannah daughter to Indian Chief Daniel Littlejohn has learned under his tutelage about her heritage. The Trail of Tears, a forced relocation of the Cherokee her father calls The Death March is where so many Indians perished. Chief Littlejohn left the reservation and settled in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his family, devoting his life work to locating Indians that died to give them proper burials. Adjacent to a thousand acre tract of woods is where they call home. Midnight was when Chief Littlejohn felt safe to pass into the woods undetected, as a child Hannah would try to follow."The forest holds many things daughter, I will bring you when you are ready." her father explains. Hannah, grown now continues her father's work after his passing, but is warned a company has bought the land and will tear down the woods. She has to act quickly to locate the Cherokee. Hannah journeys into the woods at midnight, walking by a stream she catches a glimpse of a girl. Is she seeing things? Going deeper in the woods, a sound makes her turn quickly, in front of her is a girl with a scar over one eye! Hannah calls out and the mysterious girl runs away. "Who is this girl and why is she here?" Running to find her, Hannah sees a pair of red eyes glaring in her direction. "Is this what father meant when he warned me about coming into the woods alone?" Abigail watches Hannah, "Why does this Cherokee girl beckon me, does she mean me harm?" exiting the woods Hannah decides to seek help and assembles a team of trusted friends. They have to act quickly braving the unknown dangers. Will time run out for the girl by the stream? The author has taken a mystical tale weaved with characters depicted in Indian folklore to share the message of hope and kindness for anyone that has been a target of cruel behavior. Abigail takes us through the kind of despair where only isolation seems to provide solace. This happens all too often in real life. Memorable and heartwarming the author's message is to look beyond someone's race, nationality, disabilities and beliefs, and see the individual for who they are.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781543984422
Publisher: BookBaby
Publication date: 11/04/2019
Pages: 44
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.10(d)

About the Author

Bunny was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She resides in Golconda, Illinois.

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ReadersFavorite2 5 months ago
Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite Abigail Waits is a short story on the theme of social issues relating to young adults, and was penned by author Bunny Lee. Centered on the theme of bullying, this interesting and cross-cultural tale takes on the genre of a Native American folklore-styled story to get its moral message across, like a modern-day, intelligent fairytale. The central characters are the titular Abigail, whose history of mental and psychical bullying has caused her to run to the woods where no person can hurt her, and Cherokee daughter Hannah who is trying to continue her deceased father’s work. What follows is a chilling tale of discovery with a deep emotional heart. Author Bunny Lee has created a superb modern-day fable about the dangers and effects of bullying which young adults and middle-grade readers are sure to enjoy. I particularly love social issues tales that take on more of a genre and show their meaning through talented storytelling, and that’s exactly what happens in this tale of despair and heartache, but eventual healing and hope for the future. The descriptive work of the forest as a setting is top-notch and atmospheric throughout, whilst dialogue really brings these two distinct girls to life and renders their connection palpable as Hannah discovers and learns more about the strange girl in the woods. Culturally speaking, it’s important and refreshing to see Native American culture represented so well in modern YA fiction. All of this makes Abigail Waits an essential and enjoyable read for anyone looking to expand their perspective on bullying.
ReadersFavorite1 5 months ago
Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite Abigail’s family is massacred by the Cherokees, but the chief rescues the four-year-old and, with his wife, they adopt the blonde-haired blue-eyed girl. They have accepted Abigail as their own, but others in the village do not. A Cherokee boy pokes Abigail in the eye with a burning stick, resulting in her losing an eye. The other children won’t accept her in their childhood activities. The only place Abigail feels safe is in the woods of the village. At five, Abigail becomes very ill and dies, but her spirit lives on in the woods she loved so much. In the present day, Hannah connects with Abigail’s spirit and is determined to help the little girl to pass over before a local construction company bulldozes the woods for a new shopping mall. Hannah and her friends have a genuine Cherokee spirit world adventure and learn about acceptance and caring for others despite their differences. Bullying is a real disease that affects so many people of all ages. The one who’s different from the group is subjected to the mob mentality, making the individual being bullied feel as if he or she is worthless, not good enough. Daughter of white settlers, Abigail is bullied by her adopted Cherokee community because she’s different, because she symbolizes all that the Cherokees dislike about the white settlers. Telling a story in the age-old classic form of Cherokee story-telling, Bunny Lee’s Abigail Waits teaches readers of all ages not just the legends of the Cherokee people, but also the ancient disease of bullying that crops up in every community throughout time. The story is really two stories: Abigail’s and Hannah's. Both girls have issues they’ve had to deal with to fit into their respective communities. Both girls struggle to learn the importance of family and community and carrying on traditions for future generations to appreciate. The main theme of this story is bullying and it is presented with poignant attention to detail and the pain bullies inflict. A powerful story.
ReadersFavorite 5 months ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Abigail Waits is a social issues/cultural novella for young and new adults written by Bunny Lee. Hannah is grown up now, and she’s taken on the task her father, Chief Littlejohn, had made his life’s work -- to find the Cherokee Indians who had died in the woods of North Carolina and help them find their way home. She had tried to help him when she was a child, but her father told Hannah that he would bring her when she was ready. Her dad had passed on, and Hannah was actively involved in his work, but the news that a company had purchased the woods where she was working meant her window for saving those spirits was shrinking. One night while she was walking in the woods, she noticed a small blonde girl. How did she get there? Trying to talk to her only caused the little girl to run away. Could Hannah help her before the woods were lost forever? Hannah has a strong force of helpers at her side, but the Nunnehi, a Cherokee gatekeeper, is determined to prevent them from succeeding and time is running out. Bunny Lee’s Abigail Waits is a well-written and enthralling novella that bridges past and present as Hannah attempts to help the spirit of Abigail, a five-year-old settlers’ child who was adopted by a Cherokee chief, to feel safe enough to be assisted. Lee’s story brings up the painful and enduring legacy of bullying as Abigail’s story is revealed to Hannah and her friends by the spirit of an Indian boy. Lee’s plot is fast-paced and finely constructed, and her characters are authentic and well-defined. I loved learning more about the Cherokee people and their beliefs and heritage. Abigail Waits is most highly recommended.