Rain Is Not My Indian Name

Harper Collins CanadaSKU: 0688173977

Author:
Smith, Cynthia Leitich
Grade Levels:
Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine
Nation:
Cherokee, Creek, Southeast
Book Type:
HC
Pages:
135
Publisher:
Harper Collins Canada

Price:
Sale price$21.00

Description

Rain Is Not My Indian Name is a young adult novel written by Creek children's author Cynthia Leitich Smith. The heroine is 14-year-old girl of mixed Creek-Cherokee-Scots ancestry. Cassidy Rain Berghoff lives with her older brother and his fiancé in a small Kansas town. Her mother has died a few years earlier and her father is in the military stationed in Guam. Her grandfather is off vacationing in Vegas. On the eve of her New Year's Day birthday, Rain spends a special evening with her best friend Galen. The joy disappears when she learns on her birthday that Galen was killed in a tragic accident. Her life goes into a tailspin. Months drag on and during the summer Rain still experiences grief. Her aunt announces that she is holding an Indian summer camp for a few of the Native children in town. The town council is urged not to support the venture and Rain is drawn into the controversy through the action of Galen's racist mother. Rain is given an outlet by her brother's fiancé who runs the local weekly newspaper. Rain is asked to take photographs of the Indian summer camp for a feature story. Photography is one of Rain's passions and this job allows her to rejoin community life. Rain begins to deal with her boyfriend's death and resumes writing in her daily journal. The author begins each chapter by selecting writing's from Rain's journal. In this way the reader finds out about Rain's family members, her mother's death, stereotyping, and Native American identity issues. The author has successfully woven issues about grieving, loss, recovery, racism, stereotyping, multiculturalism, and teen life into a good read. The author has created a memorable main character with an extended Native American family. Interspersed throughout is Rain's sense of humour that shines through despite her grief. The story is told in first-person by a teen whose life is that of a contemporary Native American living off the reservation. Cynthia Leitich Smith has also created an excellent website that provides an interactive experience for students reading the book. Find quizzes, maps, more information about the novel's characters, as well as links at www.cynthialeitchsmith.com. This book and website are highly recommended for junior high students. This book is on the list of recommended Aboriginal titles developed by staff of the (SOLS) Southern Ontario Library Service and the Ontario Library Service North for the Aboriginal Library Book Investment by the Ontario Ministry of Culture into the Ontario Public Libraries. Reading Level: 6.2; Lexile Measure: 860; ATOS Reading Level: 5.8. Fountas & Pinnell Guided Reading Level: Z. Discussion Guides: http://www.cynthialeitichsmith.com/cyn_books_forkids/rain/guide_to_rain.html

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