Abigail Waits

Young Adult - Social Issues
39 Pages
Reviewed on 10/21/2019
Buy on Amazon

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.

This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.

Author Biography

Bunny was born and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. She resides in Golconda, Illinois. Her passion for Native American Indians, particularly the Cherokee has made them the focal point in her writing and the injustice they suffered was the inspiration behind her latest book, Abigail Waits - tackling the cruelty of present day bullying.

    Book Review

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.

Jack Magnus

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.

Emily-Jane Hills Orford

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.

Kim Julian

Good little read