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Sky

by Pamela Porter
Illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber

Published by Groundwood / Douglas & McIntyre, 2004
83 pages
ISBN: 0-88899-563-6

Ages 8-11

Georgia lives with her grandparents on the Blackfeet Reservation in northern Montana. The year is 1964, and heavy spring rains on top of snow push the dam near their home beyond its limits. Fleeing the swiftly rising water, Georgia and her family barely make it to safety, losing everything they have but one another. In the wake of the devastation, Georgia finds a foal who miraculously survived the flood. As she and her grandparents rebuild their lives, the foal becomes the focus of Georgiaís energy and a symbol of hope for the future. Pamela Porterís short, spirited novel is based on the life her friend Georgia Salois, a Metis, who survived that flood. Porterís narrative is compelling for the drama and appeal of the story itself, as well as for her honest portrayal of the poverty and racism that Georgia, her family and other Native peoples in their town faced on a daily basis. There is the school teacher who only acknowledges white children who get As, and there is the unforgivable treatment of the Indians in the midst of the crisis, when they were crowded into a room without beds or blankets at a local school and charged for any food they ate, while white people in the town had cots in the gymnasium and ate for free. Through Georgiaís eyes, these and other events unfold as part of the fabric of her existence, but they are balanced (although not negated) by the love and support she receives at home and within her community. CCBC Categories: Fiction for Children. (MS) ©2004 Cooperative Children's Book Center


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