Tag Archives: Native American

In the Dakotas: Apple in the Middle and Prairie Lotus

Here are two stories of girls growing up in the Dakotas – one modern and one in the past. Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley. NDSU, 2018. 9781946163073. Read from library copy. Dawn Quigley would have been one of … Continue reading

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Graphic Novels: This Place, Guts, Best Friends

Here’s my #CybilsReadDown Reckoning, plus reviews of three don’t-miss graphic novels (one YA, two middle grade) – This Place:150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm,  Sonny Assu, and Brandon Mitchell et al., Guts by Raina Telgemeier, and Best Friends by Shannon Hale. Continue reading

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Modern Life with Gods: Race to the Sun and Maya and the Rising Dark

Here are two books from my #CybilsReadDown pile, both exciting contemporary fantasy in which modern-day kids find that their culture’s traditional Gods are, let’s say, highly relevant to their present lives.  Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. Read by … Continue reading

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Finding the Best: the Good Luck Cat and Saturday

Quick promotional announcement: registration for KidLitCon 2020 in Ann Arbor is now open!  And in case you missed the news, registration is free thanks to the generosity of the Ann Arbor District Library, so sign up today! Here are two picture … Continue reading

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Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Hearts Unbroken by Cynthia Leitich Smith. Candlewick, 2018. High school senior Lou Wolfe breaks up with her boyfriend Cam when he’s proven one time to often that he just won’t listen to what’s important to her, things like respecting her … Continue reading

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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

Take your Native reading into the future with a gut-wrenching, thought-provoking post-apocalyptic teen book – The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. Continue reading

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3 Ghost Stories: City of Ghosts; When a Ghost Talks, Listen; Festival of Ghosts

Did you think we were done with ghost stories just because October ended?  Here are three more, all Cybils nominated., including City of Ghosts; When a Ghost Talks, Listen; and a Festival of Ghosts. Continue reading

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3 Don’t-Miss Picture Books

Crown: an Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes and Gordon C. James. Bolden from Agate Publishing, 2017. I’d seen this on the shelf, but was moved to check it out when listening to the Caldecott Contender episode of … Continue reading

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In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse and #NotYourPrincess

Here are two books celebrating the Native American/Aboriginal experience – one that finally made its way to the top of my reading list, and one new book that the teen librarian kindly purchased for me after I told her how … Continue reading

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The Birchbark House and The Game of Silence

For the past 14 years, I have recommended this series to every family that’s come to me asking for something to read after reading the Little House books. This year, I finally started the series myself.  I am so glad … Continue reading

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