Wolf, Joan M. Runs with Courage, 211 pages. Sleeping Bear Press, 2016. $17. Content: G (some mild abuse).
Four Winds has been told by her tribe that she is going to a school to learn the white man’s ways so that she can become a bridge for her people. When she arrives, however, the teachers of the school try to strip away her identity as a Lakota. When she runs back to her tribe, she learns that her being at the school is the only thing keeping them from starving on the reservation they have been forced to inhabit. Four Winds returns to the school, determined to find a real way to help her people survive.
Wolf has written an excellent book about the Indian Schools and the struggles and abuses of the system. I am afraid that the only way this book will get attention, however, is if a teacher decides to read it with their class. So make sure you share this with your Language Arts and history classes.
EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library Teacher