On Sale: August 23, 2016
Featuring: Tess; Gaby; Grandma
Hardcover / e-Book
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Young Adult Contemporary | Young Adult Adventure
A tender and gripping novel about family, identity, and
Thirteen-year-old Tess is having a hard
enough time understanding what it means to be part white and
part Navajo, but now she's coping with her sister Gaby's
announcement that she's going to enlist and fight in the
Iraq war. Gaby's decision comes just weeks after the news
that Lori Piestewa, a member of their community, is the
first Native American woman in US history to die in combat,
adding to Tess's stress and emotions. While Gaby is away,
Tess reluctantly cares for her sister's semi-wild stallion,
Blue, who will teach Tess how to deal with tragic loss and
guide her own journey of self-discovery.
Piestewa was a real-life soldier who was killed in Iraq and
was a member of the Hopi tribe. Back matter includes further
information about Piestewa as well as a note by author Nancy
Bo Flood detailing her experiences living on the Navajo
reservation. A pronunciation guide to all Navajo vocabulary
used within the text is also included.
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