Age Group: 12-14
This moving tale of self-discovery takes place during the Oka uprising in the summer of 1990. Adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt somehow out of place. Recurring dreams haut her, warning her that someone close to her is in danger . . .
When she discovers that her birth family is Mohawk living in Quebec, she makes the long journey and finally achieves the sense of home and belonging that had always eluded her.
“A gorgeous, sorrowful and yet hopeful novel…Written mindfully and delicately in the voice of an early master, Tara White’s second book is both a coming-of-age story and a story that desperately needs to be told.”
—The Globe and Mail, January 2015
“A good, short novel for upper middle school and high school female readers. The authenticity of Carrie’s thoughts and voice pull it all together. She’s like any teen, white or Native…And she’s also a young woman with the insight to accept that she feels different and who has the courage to “do something radical” and find out where she belongs.”
—CM Magazine, March 2015
“A girl caught between two worlds struggling with identity, Carrie is a likeable character whom readers will be able to relate to on various levels. Her telling of the Oka Crisis in Quebec creates a wonderful learning opportunity for readers involving real-life events and issues…This is a story that needed to be told…a worthy addition to libraries and classrooms”
—VOYA, April 2015
“White shares traditions and teachings without glamorizing Native culture…A welcome addition to any library, featuring a strong Native protagonist to whom most teens will easily relate.”
—School Library Journal, April 2015