As an Adam Beach and Native American films fan, I was happy to see this film had been made. It depicts a real bicultural childhood story from the Pacific Northwest and honors some aspects of the very rich traditional culture there. There are also themes of transcending bullying and honing resilience which are meaningful.
However, there are several annoying segments that, in an attempt to fondly celebrate girlhood and bridge time, have a disengaging effect as they are done in a way that reminded me of commercials. Because of the film's depiction of some alcoholism and a drunk driver death, it's a bit too adult to share with an actual 9-10 year old who hasn't had those experiences but I'll hold onto it.