Written in Stone

Rosanne Parry. Random, $16.99 (208p) ISBN 978-0-375-86971-6
Paying tribute to the fortitude of Northern Native American tribes, Parry (Second Fiddle) creates a vivid novel tracing a Makah orphan girl’s coming of age during the early 1920s. At one time, 13-year-old Pearl held an esteemed position in her tribe as the daughter of “the best whaler of the Makah” and a master weaver. Now, Pearl’s parents are dead, and she is uncertain about her position in the world. She considers leaving home to work in the city like many struggling natives, including her independent-minded cousin. It isn’t until a white stranger threatens to trick local tribes out of their oil-rich land that Pearl realizes her need to preserve her people’s traditions and, especially, their stories. While unveiling a dark corner of history during a period when imperialism and the exploitation of Native Americans ran rampant, Perry, a former teacher at a Quinault reservation, beautifully conveys universal and historical themes. Readers will relate to Pearl’s internal conflicts as she rebels against traditional women’s roles yet clings to what she knows and loves. Ages 9–12. Agent: Stephen Fraser, Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/29/2013
Release date: 06/25/2013
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 196 pages - 978-0-375-87135-1
Library Binding - 196 pages - 978-0-375-96971-3
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