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Night is Gone, Day is Still Coming: Stories and Poems by American Indian Teens and Young Adults (Betsy Franco Young Adult) Hardcover – July 14, 2003

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From School Library Journal

Grade 6 Up-"Our oral tradition isn't fading away/Just hard to recognize 'cause it has changed/Look for it hard 'cause it's hard to see/When I found it, I realized it was always with me." A 22-year-old member of the Kiowa nation begins his poem, "Oral Tradition," with these lines that could well serve as the thesis for this collection of poems and prose by 57 American Indians between the ages of 11 and 22. Whether they feel oppressed, cheated, or inspired, these young people write from the depths of their souls, recalling past indignities to their people that have shaped who they are today. Annette Bird Saunooke of the Eastern Band Cherokee writes, "My skin is a camouflage and my eyes, though blue, are magnifying glasses of a stereotype-a stereotype marked by a little Indian doll with a Hollywood history." And, though others feel an affinity with their heritage, they discover their "smallness" in the world. Nineteen-year-old Vena A-dae writes, "I am the Cochiti carrot in the huge ethnic salad." Other selections give a glimpse into Native American life today, living on the "rez,"-a life still rife with the pains of the past and with revered traditions. Eleven-year-old Ramona dreams of being a Native American president. These are honest voices in a well-organized anthology that gives an excellent look into an important American culture. It may also serve as a stepping-off point to social studies discussions.
Sharon Korbeck, Waupaca Area Public Library, WI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 10-up. In poems and short stories, young Indian writers, ages 11 to 22, tell about their lives on the reservations, in small towns, and in large cities. In topics that include families, friends, school, work, and hopes, fears and dreams, the teens' stories and poems convey a wide range of emotion and experience with an honesty that is as refreshing as it is sometimes breathtaking. The homesick "Subway Mourning," the lamenting "Pouring Milk Before Cereal," and the hopeful "Window of Dreams" reflect the rich complexity of life these young Indians know, and the collection offers all readers an opportunity to hear their authentic voices speaking out about pain, despair, courage, love, and hope. Acclaimed Acoma writer Simon Ortiz says in the introduction, "Native American people and their tribal communities and cultures go on and on . . . . They are stronger and more present than ever," and this anthology proves just that. Karen Hutt
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Betsy Franco Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick; 1 edition (July 14, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763615188
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763615185
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.7 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,733,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 12, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The collection of stories and poems by All Nation youth is inspiring and relevant. Here are true voices of Indian youth speaking out unhindered. A great read for teens and adults alike!
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I picked this up and bought it on the spot. The poetry is well written and useful
in so many ways! A great find!
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