One Real American (Harry N. Abrams, $18.99) by Nulhegan Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac, delves into the little-known life of Ely S. Parker. Parker, a member of the Seneca (Iroquois) Nation was educated in the ways of his people and also in religious schools where he became a proficient orator in English and learned Greek and Latin. Early in life he was a tribal translator and diplomat and went on to become an attorney, an engineer, and Ulysses S. Grant's primary draftsman at Appomattox. Bruchac uses Parker's own biography as a skeleton and fills in the spaces with well-researched information to make this book both informative and very readable. Maps and photographs add to the nonfiction experience. The book fills in huge gaps in indigenous history in early American curriculum. Ages 10-14. Anna Jordan

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ISBN: 9781419746574
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 27th, 2020

What if you didn't know where you were from and it's the first question any one asks you? Edith has had questions about her Native American heritage but never had real answers until she finds a box with old pictures of a girl that looks just like her with her name on the back. Now, she wants to find out all she can while wondering why this history has been kept from her. Christine Day infuses I Can Make this Promise (Harper Collins, $16.99) with hope and curiosity which reminds us that our past is important and claiming it might change how we see ourselves, our families, and our communities. It also seamlessly handles the sorrowful moments in Native American history while picturing an inspiring future where we don't forget to remember. Ages 8 to 12. Hannah Manwille

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ISBN: 9780062871992
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Published: Quill Tree Books - October 1st, 2019

The year 1968 was one of the most fraught, tumultuous years in recent U.S. history. But when sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern hop on a plane to Oakland, CA, they’re not concerned with social issues but with re-uniting with their mother. They haven’t seen her since she abandoned them and moved across the country, and will spend One Crazy Summer (Harper Collins, $6.99) getting to know her and uncovering the secrets of their pasts. Rita Williams-Garcia’s award-winning novel is an engaging journey through histories both political and familial. Ages 11-13
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ISBN: 9780060760908
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Published: Quill Tree Books - December 27th, 2011