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By The Horn Book

This novel (based on McManis’s childhood) is set against the background of U.S. government actions beginning in the 1940s that terminated the status of many Native Nations and forced relocation of families living on reservations. The straightforward, easygoing flavor of this narrative is shot through with deadpan, subversive humor. Its many ironies lie not in authorial commentary but in the events themselves. This is a book we need—distinctive in voice, accessible in style, and told with an insider’s particular power. Back matter includes authors’ notes that tell more about the federal termination laws and detail Sorell’s role in completing the manuscript after McManis’s death.