cover image Meet Kaya

Meet Kaya

Janet Shaw. American Girl Publishing Inc, $12.95 (80pp) ISBN 978-1-58485-424-1

The American Girls Collection welcomes a new character: Kaya, a member of the Nez Perce tribe. Billed as the ""first"" American Girl, Kaya's story takes place in 1764, before European-Americans made their way to the Pacific Northwest. The series, written in consultation with the Nez Perce Tribal Executive Committee, includes six titles by Janet Shaw, illus. by Bill Farnsworth. The first, Meet Kaya, introduces Kaya as she and her horse take part in a dangerous bareback race and she leaves her twin brothers unattended. The boys wander off, and Kaya faces punishment by her people. Kaya's Escape!; Kaya's Hero; Kaya and Lone Dog; Kaya Shows the Way; and Changes for Kaya will be released simultaneously. Each contains a ""Looking Back"" section, with photographs, that provides historical details about the Nez Perce tribe. (Sept.)