Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Something to hold by Katherine Schlick Noe –ESSENTIAL

Noe, Katherine Schlick Something to hold, 256 pgs. Clarion Books, 2011. $11.55. (Language-G Violence-PG; Sexual Content-G).
Set in the 1960’s on an Oregon Native American Reservation, the reader experiences a year in the life of 6th grader Kitty. She mostly just wants to make friends. When Kitty starts to notice some racial tension and injustices, she can’t help but speak up and take action. Gradually she wins the trust and respect of the native students and is able to help out when someone is needed the most.
This was a great book! The setting was an essential component of the story and really added to it (Unlike a few I could grumble about –where the time period only contributes to making an incredibly dull read for students). I like the gradual realization of Kitty to the treatment of the Native Americans and her ability to be brave enough to take action. The story itself manages to be action packed and interesting, with tidbits of native culture, and even a well developed setting. (I think I can still smell the fields of sage!).
Elementary – ESSENTIAL Reviewer: Stephanie MLS graduate.

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