Indian No More
What begins as a story of displacement quickly turns into a story of childhood fun and antics colored by Umpqua culture and the racial tensions of the civil rights movement set in the lively and culturally diverse city of L.A. Regina’s character is thoughtful and hesitant as her father encourages their family to embrace their “Americanness,” while her younger sister, PeeWee, dives head first into their new community. While Regina struggles to make sense of her Indianness in L.A. throughout the book, her grandmother, Chich, grounds her in Umpqua folklore and history, helping her to understand the strength and resilience of her people and that that strength cannot be dictated by land.
Reviews & CommentsSchool Library Journal
The Horn Book
Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor-winning author of THE SURRENDER TREE
Guadalupe García McCall, author of ALL THE STARS DENIED, SHAME THE STARS, and SUMMER OF THE MARIPOSAS
Supriya Kelkar, author of AHIMSA