Over this past week, there have been a couple of nice articles about my book, Hammerin’ Hank Greenberg – one from Boston.com and the other from the Patriot Ledger.
Here are links to both:
Last night I read half of My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson. Edwardson’s young adult novel was a finalist for the National Book Award. I’m including School Library Journal’s review of the book, but I can tell you that reading this story is not easy. It’s a beautiful and compelling novel, but my heart aches for the kids who share their painful experiences, especially since you know they are based on true stories. I would recommend this book to mature middle school students.
Here’s the review from School Library Journal:
“Prior to the Molly Hootch Act of 1976, which required Alaska to build and staff high schools in even the smallest of the rural villages, children who wished to continue their education beyond what was offered in their communities traveled to BIA or church-supported boarding schools in the lower 48 or more populated parts of Alaska. Luke’s Inupiaq experience of leaving his home near the Arctic Circle in 1960 to journey with his two younger brothers to the Catholic sponsored Sacred Heart School is based in large part on Edwardson’s husband’s memories of boarding school. The author unflinchingly explores both the positive and negative aspects of being away from home at such a young age. Nothing is familiar to Luke and his fellow students; the terrain, the food, the language are strange, and their struggle with feelings of homesickness and alienation is heart-wrenching. Edwardson’s skillful use of dialogue and her descriptions of rural Alaska as well as boarding-school life invoke a strong sense of empathy and compassion in readers as they experience Luke’s emotions along with him. It is rare that an author can write about a controversial subject such as this without prejudice. Edwardson is to be applauded for her depth of research and her ability to portray all sides of the equation in a fair and balanced manner while still creating a very enjoyable read.”