Expected publication: October 9th 2018 by Candlewick Press
Louise Wolfe is a Native teen navigating the world in its racism and hatred not only in our present time but also in the past. After her boyfriend says something awful about Natives, she dumps him via email and decides to spend her valuable time as a writer at the school newspaper. Meanwhile, the school play chooses to cast diversely, much to some parent’s dismay. The call of “reverse racism” amongst other things propels Louise to follow the story, and it hits home more than she thought it would.
Like another book I have recently finished, Trail of Lightning, this features a Native protagonist, and it is so refreshing. What I loved most was the that throughout this book, almost everyone had a learning experience. Including the ex-boyfriend and Louise herself who makes mistakes and uses that to make a positive change in her life and those around her.
I recommend this book to everyone. This is an OWN VOICES novel so take yourself out of what you know and step into Louise’s shoes. The back of the book gives you some information on a lot of what the author mentions along with info on some key moments in America’s tragic history.
We need more novels like these on the shelves.