I Can Make This Promise

Christine Day. HarperCollins, $16.99 (272p) ISBN 978-0-06-287199-2
Debut author Day (who is Upper Skagit) drew from her own experience as the daughter of a Native American adoptee to create the character of Edie Green, a 12-year-old budding artist who lives in Seattle with her parents. Edie has always known that her Native American mother was adopted and raised by a white family; while digging around in the family’s attic, Edie stumbles upon a box of photos and letters written by Edith Graham, a Suquamish and Duwamish aspiring actor from the 1970s. When her friends notice the striking similarity between Edie and Edith and her parents don’t answer Edie’s broad questions about her, Edie becomes convinced that the stranger is her namesake. Beyond the mystery, important themes resonate throughout, including cultural identity and what makes a friendship worth keeping. Day’s affecting novel also considers historical truths about how Native Americans have been treated throughout U.S. history, particularly underlining family separations. Though Edie’s first-person voice occasionally sounds a bit young for a seventh grader, her urgent desire to know her family’s past propels this story forward. In illuminating notes that bookend the novel, Day further discusses the personal and historical roots of Edie’s moving tale. Ages 8–12. Agent: Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary & Media. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 07/25/2019
Release date: 10/01/2019
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 272 pages - 978-0-06-287203-6
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