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  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Detroit Lakes Public Library Y EDW (Text) 33500012761490 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780761459804 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 0761459804 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 9781477816295 (paperback)
  • ISBN: 9780761460916 (ebook)
  • ISBN: 0761460918 (ebook)
  • Physical Description: p. cm.
  • Edition: 1st ed.
  • Publisher: New York : Marshall Cavendish, 2011.

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General Note:
MN American Indian literature.
Summary, etc.:
Alaskans Luke, Chickie, Sonny, Donna, and Amiq relate their experiences in the early 1960s when they are forced to attend a Catholic boarding school where, despite different tribal affiliations, they come to find a sort of family and home.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2011 September #2
    Luke's Inupiaq name is "hard like ocean ice grinding at the shore or wind pounding the tundra." But at Alaska's Sacred Heart boarding school, which Luke attends with his brother, Bunna (a third brother is effectively kidnapped and sent to Texas), his name and the nuances of his culture aren't treated as being important. It's the 1960s, though, and the times are a-changing. In lovely, evocative language, Edwardson weaves Luke's story of displacement, loss, and growth into those of his fellow students' in a story about the collision of culture and the growing awareness of civil rights. It's a testament to her skill that even clueless priests and sisters at the school come across as rounded characters; several of them are even aware that military experiments with radioactive drinks, allowed on native students, may be suspect. Some point-of-view changes from first person to third-person omniscient are jarring; nevertheless, this is an illuminating novel of changing perspectives. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Indians of North America > Alaska > Juvenile fiction.
Alaska > History > 1959- > Juvenile fiction.
Indians of North America > Alaska > Fiction.
Alaska > History > 1959- > Fiction.
Interpersonal relations > Fiction.
Catholic schools > Fiction.
Boarding schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.

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