Saturday, October 30, 2010

Blessing's Bead by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Publisher:  Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages:  192
Source:  Library
Genre:  Middle Grades Historical Fiction

This is the story of Nutaaq a young Inupiaq girl who watches as her sister leaves the trading camp as a married woman.  Sickness comes and wipes out most of Nutaaq's mother's village, including her parents.  An English speaking man comes and gathers the survivors and pairs them for marriage.  The second part of the book deals with Nutaaq's great-grand-daughter.  Seventy-two years have gone by and Blessing, whose Inupiaq's name is Nutaaq, and her brother Tupaaq, named after his great-grandfather find themselves on a planed leaving Anchorage, Alaska.  They have been removed from their home and their alcoholic mother and sent to live with their great-grandmother.  Here they learn about family and their Inupiaq culture.

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