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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

November: postergirlz recommended reads

Catch these recommended reads for November from our postergirlz. Thanks, ladies!

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month!

Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today, an anthology edited by Lori Marie Carlson
Rain is Not My Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith
Who Will Tell My Brother? by Marlene Carvell
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Native Time: A Historical Time Line of Native America by Lee Francis

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Unknown said...

For those of you who might read my first novel, Who Will Tell My Brother?, I thought I might share some personal info with you. It is based on the experiences of my two sons, particularly my younger son who sought to change the offensive Indian mascot of his high school. It won the International Reading Association Best Book Award for Immediate Fiction for 2003 and is currently being taught in many middle/high schools across the country. The situation on which it was based truly changed my son's life as he completed his undergraduate degree in Native American Studies at Dartmouth and then received his law degree at the University of Arizona where he focused on constitutional/tribal law.

Little Willow said...

Who Will Tell My Brother? was very powerful. The title comes from the scene that broke my heart. (I don't want to "spoil" it for anyone who has yet to read it, but those who _have_ read it will know exactly what I mean.)

Best of luck to both of your sons.

I wish schools would remove offensive mascots. Sigh.

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Very cool to hear this backstory, Marlene! I haven't yet read Who Will Tell My Brother?, but I'm looking forward to it even more.

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