Something to Hold
By Katherine Schlick Noe
(Clarion Books, Hardcover, 9780547558134, 256pp.)
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
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Can a white girl feel at home on an Indian reservation?Based on the author’s childhood experience in the early 1960s, this debut novel centers on Kitty, whose father is a government forester at Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Kitty is one of only two white kids in her class, and the Indian kids are keeping their distance. With time, Kitty becomes increasingly aware of the tensions and prejudices between Indians and whites, and of the past injustice and pain still very much alive on the reservation. Time also brings friendships and opportunities to make a difference. Map, author’s note, glossary, and pronunciation guide.
Katherine Schlick Noe teaches in the Master in Teaching Program and directs the Literacy for Special Needs graduate program at Seattle University. Dr. Noe is co-author of four books for teachers on literature circles and is web master of the Literature Circles Resource Center (http://www.litcircles.org). Her first novel, Something to Hold, was inspired by her childhood experiences living on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in central Oregon.
"Kitty’s discoveries and ethical dilemmas are age-and era-appropriate, the characters affectionately portrayed, rounded individuals."--Kirkus "Based on the author's own experiences, this novel fills a gap in the historical fiction genre. Great for classroom discussion as well as independent reading." --School Library Journal