Something to Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe

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Can a white girl feel at home on an Indian reservation? Based on the author’s childhood experience in the early 1960s, this debut novel centers on Kitty, whose father is a government forester at Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Kitty is one of only two white kids in her class, and the Indian kids are keeping their distance. With time, Kitty becomes increasingly aware of the tensions and prejudices between Indians and whites, and of the past injustice and pain still very much alive on the reservation. Time also brings friendships and opportunities to make a difference. Map, author’s note, glossary, and pronunciation guide.


About Katherine Schlick Noe

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Katherine Schlick Noe teaches in the Master in Teaching Program and directs the Literacy for Special Needs graduate program at Seattle University. Dr. Noe is co-author of four books on literature circles for teachers and is web master of the Literature Circles Resource Center. Something to Hold is her first novel. She lives in Seattle, WA. 9780395203361
Published December 6, 2011 by Clarion Books. 261 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As Kitty finds her footing, she’s troubled by the preferential treatment teachers give white students and the casual racism of the white girls attending her church.

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Set over the course of a school year in 1962, Noe’s quietly powerful debut novel is inspired by the author’s childhood memories of living on Indian reservations.

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Historical Novel Society

Gradually, though, Kitty makes friends, though there are two aloof children, Jewel and Raymond, with whom she can’t seem to break down the friendship barrier.

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