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Sunday, November 1, 2009

November readergirlz: Marlene Carvell and Sweetgrass Basket


We are thrilled to welcome Marlene Carvell to readergirlz. Her beautiful novel, Sweetgrass Basket, is our November pick! Check out the our interview with Marlene, book party ideas themed around Sweetgrass Basket, and our Reach Out project idea--as well as the sweet soundtrack Marlene's chosen for the book--on readergirlz.com.

Here's a little about the book: "In prose poetry and alternating voices, Sweetgrass Basket tells the story of Mattie and Sarah Tarbell, two Mohawk sisters from upstate New York who are sent to an off-reservation school after the death of their mother. Subject to intimidation and corporal punishment, with little hope of contact with their father, the girls are taught menial tasks to prepare them for life as domestics. After Mattie is falsely accused of stealing, and subsequently runs away, Sarah feels helpless and alone. How Mattie and Sarah protect their culture, memories of family life, and their love for each other under this forced assimilation makes for a powerful, unforgettable historical novel."

And the buzz...

"In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, it is an honor to spotlight Marlene Carvell's novel Sweetgrass Basket. In beautiful free verse, Marlene sensitively relays the struggles of two girls clinging to their Mohawk heritage in the midst of forced assimilation. This is a book that should be read and treasured." - Lorie Ann Grover, rgz co-founder

Winner: Jefferson Cup Award (2006) A Jane Addams Peace Honor TitleCBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book

IRA Children's Book Award Notable

IRA Notable Book for a Global Society

We are honored to have this wonderful author with us this month! Join us all month right here on the blog for discussions and mark your calendars a LIVE chat on Tuesday, November 24th at 6pm PST/9pm EST.

Happy November, readergirlz!

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