Jan Hudson, Author Philomel Books $13.95 (159p) ISBN 978-0-399-21721-0
In the summer of 1837, Sweetgrass, a Blackfoot girl with a lively mind, restlessly awaits permission to marry. Because her father is a man of means and is fond of her, she can reasonably presume that a desirable match will be made. But when? And can she respect its full effect on her future? Much of this coming-of-age story shows how Sweetgrass learns to value her role in the cultural pattern of her people, the ``beaded design.'' At the same time, it presents a heroine luckier and stronger than other women, particularly the poignant and resigned young bride, Pretty-Girl. Although the story line meanders, the final chapters, in which Sweetgrass nurses her family through a smallpox epidemic and a dreadful winter, are graphic and powerfully written. Especially convincing is the spark between Sweetgrass and Eagle-Sun, lovers who rarely speak or touch but make the most of a yearning glance. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/30/1989
Release date: 05/01/1989
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 159 pages - 978-0-698-11763-1
Hardcover - 143 pages - 978-0-88967-076-1
Mass Market Paperbound - 159 pages - 978-0-590-43486-7
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Prebound-Other - 978-0-606-16851-9
Prebound-Glued - 176 pages - 978-0-8335-5798-8
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