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Title:
Indian summer
Author:
Girion, Barbara, 1937-
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Publication Information:
New York : Scholastic, [1990]

©1990
Physical Description:
viii, 183 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
While spending summer vacation on an Indian reservation, twelve-year-old Joni has a difficult time getting along with Sarah Birdsong and her friends, who seem to hold her responsible for the prejudice they experience outside the reservation.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780590426367
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While spending summer vacation on an Indian reservation, twelve-year-old Joni has a difficult time getting along with Sarah Birdsong and her friends, who seem to hold her responsible for the prejudice they experience outside the reservation.


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Gr. 4-6. When Joni McCord learns that her family will spend one month of summer vacation living on an Iroquois reservation with a native American family, she balks at the thought of leaving the mall and the pool for that long. At the same time, Sarah Birdsong hears that Joni will be sharing her room and she resents the intrusion of an "ignorant" white girl into her home. Their parent-ordered correspondence before the visit turns the prickly preteens into poison penpals. Seen mainly from Joni's point of view, the girls' conflict is not resolved until the final pages, where Joni uses native American wisdom to reach a state of love and understanding, which the author undoubtedly hopes that readers will share. While situations are occasionally contrived and Joni's cute younger brother makes an unconvincing deus ex machina, readers will find the contrasting life-styles and conflicting emotions interesting enough to keep the pages turning. The attractive dust jacket will be a good draw. --Carolyn Phelan