Native American & Indigenous

Apple In The Middle

Apple In The Middle

Author: Dawn Quigley

Description: Apple In The Middle is a contemporary novel about a biracial Native American girl who turns her back on her heritage when someone calls her a racial slur. However, she reluctantly agrees to spend the summer with her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota. She quickly learns that a lot of the things that she thinks about her own community are actually stereotypes rather than truth.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenouse #biracial #femaleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Quigley, D. (2018). Apple In The Middle. North Dakota State University Press.

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Crazy Horse's Girlfriend

Crazy Horse's Girlfriend

Author: Erika T. Wurth

Description: Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend is a contemporary novel about a Native American teen in Colorado. The story deals with poverty, unemployment, and drug abuse and the protagonist’s dreams of a chance to escape Denver someday.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #femaleprotagonist #contemporary #poverty

Citation: Wurth, E. T. (2014). Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend. Curbside Splendor Publishing.

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If I Ever Get Out Of Here

If I Ever Get Out Of Here

Author: Eric Gansworth

Description: If I Ever Get Out of Here is a story set in the 1970s about poverty and a Tuscarora boy’s interracial friendship with a white boy and his love of Beatles songs.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #tuscarora #maleprotagonist #historical

Citation: Gansworth, E. (2013). If I Ever Get Out of Here. Arthur A. Levine Books.

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Hearts Unbroken

Hearts Unbroken

Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith

Description: Hearts Unbroken is a contemporary novel about a Native American teen going through the drama of high school and first love. The novel deals with prejudices against Native Americans and other people of color.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #femaleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Leitich Smith, C. (2018). Hearts Unbroken. Candlewick Press.

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Killer of Enemies

Killer of Enemies

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Description: Killer of Enemies is a supernatural story about an Apache girl who has the power to kill monsters and becomes a hero.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #apache #dystopian #femaleprotagonist

Citation: Bruchac, J. (2013). Killer of Enemies. Tu Books.

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My Name Is Not Easy

My Name Is Not Easy

Author: Debby Dahl Edwardson

Description: My Name Is Not Easy is a contemporary novel about a Native Alaskan boy whose traditional I’nupiaq name is not easily pronounceable by the white people he meets. So, when he begins attending a boarding school hundreds of miles away from his Arctic village, he decides to go by a non-Native name. At his new school, he is not allowed to speak his language and has a hard time fitting in.

Includes: #nativeamerican #indigenous #nativealaskan #inupiaq #maleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Dahl Edwardson, D. (2011). My Name Is Not Easy. Skyscape.

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Author: Sherman Alexie

Description: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian is a novel about a young Native American boy who deals with feelings of not belonging on either his reservation or in his mostly white school.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #maleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Alexie, S. (2007). The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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The Marrow Thieves

The Marrow Thieves

Author: Cherie Dimaline

Description: The Marrow Thieves is a dystopian novel set in a future where the protagonist has to escape and find a way to survive hunters who are trying to steal Indigenous people’s bone marrow because it gives them the ability to dream.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #dystopian #maleprotagonist #trauma

Citation: Dimaline, C. (2017). The Marrow Thieves. Dancing Cat Books.

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The Smell of Other People's Houses

The Smell of Other People’s Houses

Author: Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Description: The Smell of Other People’s Houses is a collection of four stories of Alaskan teens, two of whom are Native Alaskan. The story follows the teens through their individual journeys but also shows how their lives become entangled.

Includes: #nativeamerican #nativealaskan #indigenous #maleprotagonist #femaleprotagonist #contemporary

Citation: Hitchcock, B. (2016). The Smell of Other People’s Houses. Wendy Lamb Books.

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Trail Of Lightning

Trail of Lightning

Author: Rebecca Roanhorse

Description: Trail of Lightning is a novel set in a dystopian future where most of the world has drowned because of climate change. This has caused the Navajo gods and heroes of legend to return to the land. Not only do gods and heroes of legend return, but so too do monsters. The protagonist is a monster hunter and goes on an adventure to solve a mystery about the monsters.

Includes: #ownvoices #nativeamerican #indigenous #dystopian #femaleprotagonist

Citation: Roanhorse, R. (2018). Trail of Lightning. Saga Press.

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