The Window by Michael Dorris

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In his first contemporary book for young readers, Michael Dorris introduces readers to 11-year-old Rayona Taylor--part black, part Indian--and shows the events that shaped this unforgettable young woman. After being placed in foster care, Rayona goes to live with her Kentucky relatives, in this novel about betrayal, forgiveness, and the unbreakable bonds of family.
 

About Michael Dorris

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Michael Dorris, Author Michael Dorris received an undergraduate degree in English, with honors, from Georgetown University and a graduate degree in anthropology from Yale. He taught for fifteen years at Dartmouth College and founded the Native American Studies Program there. His novels include "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water" and "The Crown of Columbus," co-authored with Louise Erdrich. "The Broken Cord," which was named Best Non-Fiction of the Year by the National Book Critics Circle, brought attention to the disorder Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. He has also written novels for young adults, which include "Guests," "Sees Behind Trees," and "Morning Girl," which won the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
 
Published October 18, 1997 by Disney-Hyperion. 112 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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Rayona Taylor, the heroine from Dorris's adult novels, A Yellow Raft in Blue River (1987) and Cloud Chamber (1997), is featured in this prequel, about her life as an 11-year-old who is abandoned by her Native American mother, and shuffled from place to place by her African-American father.

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here, a younger Rayona is sent to foster homes when her Native American mother enters rehab, but ends up with her African-American father's relatives in Kentucky.

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This YA companion to Dorris's adult novels A Yellow Raft in Blue Water and Cloud Chamber presents a younger version of the African and Native American heroine, Rayona.

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