My Name is Not Easy
Marshall Cavendish, 2011
My name is not easy. My name is hard like ocean ice grinding at the shore or wind pounding the tundra or sun so bright on the snow it burns your eyes. My name is all of us huddled up here together, waiting to hear the sound of that plane that’s going take us away, me and my brothers.
"Debby Edwarson’s My Name is Not Easy brought me to tears as I remembered the loneliness and confusion I felt when I left my home and family in Arctic Alaska for boarding school thousands of miles away. This young adult novel evokes a time and place in the Alaska Native World that is important to remember, when far off governments and powerful institutions made decisions that began to change our world, challenging us to find new ways to survive. It is an excellent work of fiction with important truths to be remembered."
– William L. Iggigruk Hensley, author of Fifty Miles from Tomorrow: A Memoir of Alaska and the Real People
Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009
A beautiful blue bead connects two Iñupiaq girls from different generations in a stunning debut novel that celebrates the power of story and language to reconnect a family torn apart by tragedy.
“Blessing’s Bead is beautifully seen, glinting with Arctic light. It is also beautifully heard. Edwardson’s voice is as clear and fresh as a wind of the frozen sea. There are passages that simply take your breath away.”
⎯Tim Wynne-Jones, award winning author of the Rex Zero books.
"Blessing’s Bead is a gem—lyrical, fresh, and a compelling story. What a unique and universal tale!" ⎯Marion Dane Bauer, author of Newbery Honor Book, On My Honor
A celebration of family and community.
"Filled with joy, this tale about a loving family and a caring community is something all youngsters can understand."
--School Library Journal
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