By Debby Dahl Edwardson
From the 2011 nationwide e-book Award Finalist Debby Dahl Edwardson, My identify isn't effortless. My identify isn't effortless. My identify is tough like ocean ice grinding the shore . . . Luke understands his I?upiaq identify is filled with sounds white humans can’t say. So he leaves it in the back of whilst he and his brothers are despatched to boarding tuition 1000's of miles clear of their Arctic village. At Sacred center college, students—Eskimo, Indian, White—line up on assorted facets of the cafeteria like there’s a few type of conflict happening. the following, conversing I?upiaq—or any local language—is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is sort of a strength of nature, is able to slap down those that disobey. Luke struggles to outlive at Sacred middle. yet he’s now not the single one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a bold chief— if he doesn’t self-destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a unique form of outsider; and small, quiet Junior, noticing every thing and writing all of it down. They each one have their very own tale to inform. yet as soon as their separate tales come jointly, issues at Sacred middle School—and the broader world—will by no means be an analogous.