"Then she stiffened her spine and stared back. I'm not going to do this anymore, she thought and Janet's words rang in her head, 'Our people were warriors.'
(page 33, Assiniboin Girl by Kathi Wallace)
Assiniboin Girl by Kathi Wallace (e-book)
What is it about:
Mary Two Dogs is lost. She grew up in New York the only child of musician parents, but when they die in a car accident coming back from a gig, she’s shipped off to live with her Aunt Janet in Georgia. The South is a strange new world to her, and she becomes the target of racist attacks from some of the other girls. Her Aunt Janet, an undercover FBI agent can’t move, but to keep Mary safe, she sends her to the Assiniboin reservation in Montana.
There Mary has to learn to deal with a whole new world, a completely different set of expectations. Pitied for her lack of understanding of her people, she must learn what it means to be Assiniboin and who she is. To do that, she must find her true name.
What did I think of it:
A very beautiful and interesting Young Adult story about finding your place in life. I liked Mary from the start and was eager to find out what was in store for her. The way of life and the rituals of the Assiniboin were very intriguing and well researched, but woven into the story in a natural way. Next to Mary the other characters were very interesting as well and I loved the way Mary learns about her ancestry and how she grows into her roots so to speak. If I have one complaint about this book it is that it's much too short in my opinion! I could have read much, much more about Mary and the history of her people. I hope that Wallace will write a sequel or maybe even a Historical Young Adult story about the Assiniboin.
Why should you read it:
If you like Young Adult stories and are interested in Native American cultures you will love this book
* This e-book was send to me for review by the author
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