Sister Raven - Karen Rae Levine

Sister Raven is a compelling read. The characters are authentic to the pre-Columbian Native American setting. The mythical creatures co-existing within the ordinary world make the story a good candidate for the historical fantasy genre.
The heroine must overcome the monster, the evil stepmother who has stolen her as a young child and forced her to live an enslaved existence bereft of love and of any sense of self-worth. It is her courage and deep sense of justice that enables her to confront the evil power that stops her from reuniting with her true family. 
The author uses strong sensory imagery to immerse her readers within the confines of her story and to create mythical characters that appear real and three-dimensional.