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A remarkable and haunting novel of a young girl who comes of age in a violent and primitive time, Picture Maker by Penina Keen Spinka brings the fourteenth century to vibrant and unforgettable life-from the Iroquois Wars to the Norse invasion,MoreA remarkable and haunting novel of a young girl who comes of age in a violent and primitive time, Picture Maker by Penina Keen Spinka brings the fourteenth century to vibrant and unforgettable life-from the Iroquois Wars to the Norse invasion, through the bloody rise of Christianity.Across the ocean, the Crusades had ended. Three plagues devastated Europe, killing hundreds of thousands. But in North America, born into a powerful clan of women, Picture Maker is gifted with the ability to etch drawings that foretell the future. Her prophesy of war saves her beloved Ganeogaono people, but leads to her own brutal capture by the Algonquins. Only her faith and her visions support her as she is branded a Mohawk (man-eater) by her brutal master, Hawk Feather. In a harsh and unforgiving land, she is forced to rely on an old storyteller for advice and friendship, and ultimately, a means of escape. She is given a mysterious knife with strange letters on its carved handle by the storyteller, and told that it is her destiny to follow the land north.Picture Maker runs North and seeks refuge with the Naskapi tribe, who shelter her and her unborn child. However, Picture Maker knows her future lies with the Inuit people, traders with the Naskapi, and she journeys across the ocean to seek succor with the Eskimos there. Once there, she unknowingly agrees to forfeit the life of her daughter to the harsh conditions of the Inuit way of life. However, the Inuits rescue a Norseman, Halvard, from death on a cliff, and once his eyes meet Picture Makers she realizes her destiny is as his partner - and it is sealed when he shows her his own knife, a virtual match to hers. Picture Maker accompanies Halvard to his home in Greenland, where she is at first shunned in a land where Native Americans are usually used as slave labor. However, when Halvards way of life comes under attack by the unscrupulous priests sent as missionaries to the Norseland, it is Picture Makers unique gifts of prescience that save her and her new family from the enemies that would destroy them.A towering saga of adventure and survival, love and loss, Picture Maker is a stunning achievement that marks the debut in the adult market for an award-winning writer of young adult novels. Author Biography: Penina Keen Spinka grew up in New York, and spent time on a kibbutz, where she cultivated an interest in the Middle East. She has lived in Southern California (where she first developed her stories about the Native Americans of the Santa Monica Mountains) and New York State. She now resides with her husband Barry, and has written several award-winning novels for young adults about the Native American culture. Picture Maker is her first book for the adult market. She is now at work on a sequel.