Browsing All posts tagged under »native american«

review: Apple in the Middle

October 4, 2018

Comments Off on review: Apple in the Middle

title: Apple in the Middle author: Dawn Quigley date: North Dakota Press; 2018 main character: Apple Starkington YA realistic fiction Review is based on an advanced copy   Apple Starkington is a high school student in Minnesota. Apple’s father is European American and her mother was Turtle Mountain Chippewa. Her family is upper middle class. […]

Keeping It Relevant

March 22, 2016


I’ve been busy lately, but there have been some pretty major events in the news that were difficult to miss. A couple of them relate directly to middle grade/young adult literature. President Obama became the first US president on 90 years to visit Cuba. US-Cuba Relations have been intense since 1898 but in 1961, they […]

Writers on Writing: Cynthia Leitich Smith/Short Stories

February 4, 2016

Comments Off on Writers on Writing: Cynthia Leitich Smith/Short Stories

Looking for a quick read? Or want to take a chance with a new genre without over committing? How about reading a short story? Cynthia Leitch Smith uses her expertise to guide us through some of the basics of short stories. From a writer’s perspective, what are the essential differences between a short story and […]

Saturday Trailer: Dreaming in Indian

January 17, 2015

Comments Off on Saturday Trailer: Dreaming in Indian

What better day for book trailers than a Saturday? Dreaming in Indian is a non-fiction book that was released in 2014 by editors Lisa Charleyboy (Tsilhqot’in) and Mary Beth Leatherdale. Charleyboy is the Editor in Chief of Urban Native Magazine and Leatherdale writes, edits and consults on books, magazines and digital resources for children and […]

review: Feral Nights

July 7, 2014


title: Feral Nights author: Cynthia Leitich Smith date: Candlewick; 2013 main character: Yoshi Kitihara Yoshi is a high school senior being raised by his grandmother in Oklahoma well, until grams catches him with this girl he brought home for the night. Gram has a strict “No Company Allowed” policy that she enforces with a shotgun. […]

Review: House of Purple Cedar

March 15, 2014


House of Purple Cedar Author: Tim Tingle Date:  February, 2014; Cinco Puntos adult crossover The House of Purple Cedar is set in Skullyville, Oklahoma at the turning of the 20th century. The New Hope Academy for Girls just burned down and a new Indian Agent has just arrived in town. Rose and her brother, Jamey […]


December 9, 2012


I had to get up and turn the heat up before starting this post. It is definitely getting colder outside. Yesterday was Cookies and Cocktails and I spent the day baking cookies with my sister. No doubt it was a long, long day but it’s a tradition we do not want to give up any […]


July 11, 2011


Male Monday started with Ari @ Reading in Color My package from Lee and Low arrived this weekend and one of the books in it was Wolf Mark by Joseph Bruchac. I also picked up his MG book The Warriors  during my recent visit to Half Priced Books. So, just who is Joseph Bruchac? He’s […]

Saturday Plans

June 24, 2011

Comments Off on Saturday Plans

Here’s how you say “hello” in several different Native languages: Halito (Chickasaw & Choctaw) Aya (Miami) Yá’ át’ ééh (Navajo) Niit (Tsimshian) I hope it doesn’t rain tomorrow! While ALL my fellow librarians are in NOLA at @ALA11, I plan to go to the Eiteljorg’s 19th annual Indian Market and Festival. In addition to displays […]