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48 Hour Book Challenge Summary

"Moccasin Thunder"

Because of some mature subject matter, Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today, edited by Lori Marie Carlson, is geared more for teenagers rather than the 9 to 12 crowd. Alcoholism, abuse, drug use, and very troubled family relations figure in a number of the offerings. Several stories are pretty depressing.

Luckily, the anthology includes Joseph Bruchac's beautiful story, "Ice," set in the Adirondacks and about an Abenaki boy and his uncle; spirituality, writing, doofy "Indian" tourist traps, and Lake George all figure in the plot. After reading that piece, I absolutely want to read more Bruchac, who is a very well-known Native American author. I also enjoyed Cynthia Leitich Smith's "A Real-Live Blond Cherokee and His Equally Annoyed Soul Mate," about a young man working at a costume shop and his connection with a would-be customer. In "Drum Kiss," by Susan Power, a bookish Winnebago girl finds friends through storytelling; the story features a touching and hopeful resolution. If more of the works had been like these, I would have been able to give a more enthusiastic recommendation.

This book was #2 for me in the 48 Hour blog review-a-thon.

Moccasin Thunder
HarperCollins Children's Books, 2005
156 pages

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