My Name Is Not Easy is a powerful story that many boys will find compelling. It's told in a voice they can relate to. Inupiaq, the protagonist knows the teachers and other students will call him Luke when he gets to his new boarding school because his native name will be forbidden to be spoken. Luke and a cast of other colorful characters come together and survive the wraith of an overbearing School Master. This very cool book was a National Book Award finalist and is by Debby Dahl
Edwardson. She's an award winning children's writer. Her picture book, Whale
Snow was named to the International Reading Association's Notable Books for a
Global Society list and was also an Independent Publishers winner. Her
novel Blessing's Bead was named to the ALA/Yalsa Best Fiction for Young Adults
in 2010. She lives, teaches and writes in a Inupiat community in
To learn more about Debby and her books, click here.
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