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I Can Make This Promise

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Native American girl learns family secrets in touching tale.

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This beautifully and simply told tale explores the ripple effects of a long-held family secret. Though couched in the rhythms of a loving family's life in modern-day Seattle, the sad truths of the past pierce a tween's life, and her rage at being left out of the unspoken past feels appropriate and proportional.

Inside of this loving, if basic, tale lies some serious truth. As Edie's mom says, "For many years, Native children were forcibly removed from their families and communities." The author, who identifies as the "daughter of a Native American Upper Skagit/Nooksack/Blackfeet/Nez Perce adoptee," is making a point: U.S. history is full of tragic stories of coercion and force. I Can Make This Promise lets this truth rise up subtly in the telling, and kids will appreciate the activist spirit that underlies the story.

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