During our last book club we read The Absolute True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie. Thanks to Maritza and Simone from Donner Young Adult we have two great recommendations for you! One book that will fit right in with the YA-theme and another that is supposedly for grown-ups, but awesome for everyone.
This book is very similar to part-time Indian, in that it is a semi-truthful story about a young Indian boy living in America. The Education of Little Tree is about Forrest Carter, who lived closely with his part-Cherokee grandfather from the of four or five. The name Little Tree came from his grandfather, who called Forrest Little Sprout when he was still small and then Little Tree once he grew taller. His grandfather taught him the Cherokee ethic: to give love without expecting gratitude and to take from the land only what you need. This book is filled with stories by Forrest’s grandfather and other family members, telling him Cherokee lore passed down by the ages. A powerful and emotional book.
The Round House takes place at an Indian reservation in North Dakota, spring of 1988. A woman living there, called Geraldine Coutts, is attacked and she seems unwilling or unable to relay the details of her attack, to either her husband and son or the police. The son, Joe, sees how his life is changed forever by this attack on his mother. He tries to help her heal, but nothing seems to work. At the same time, his father is trying to find justice for what happened, being a tribal judge. Joe gets frustrated with the lack of progress and sets out with his friends to find answers of his own. Their quest takes them first to the Round House, a sacred space and place of worship for the Ojibwe. Joe gets pushed out into the adult world on his own and finds that he is not at all ready for this at all.
Have you read these books and did you like them or are there other books you’d recommend? Let us know in the comments!