Blessing’s Bead

By: Debby Dahl Edwardson

Two connected narratives describe different generations of one native Alaskan family. "Nutaaq's Story (1917)" details a girl's devastation when first her sister marries a foreigner and moves away, and later, when her remaining family dies during a flu epidemic. "Blessing's Story (1989)" depicts a family ravaged by neglect and estrangement-and healed by memory and tradition.

ISBN: 9780374308056

JLG Release: Mar 2010


Sensitive Areas: Fighting, Alcohol, Abuse,
Topics: Traveling , Siberians , Iñupiaq Eskimos , Trade , Storytelling , Family , Beads , Footraces , Moving homes , 1918 flu epidemic , Death , Marriage , Alcoholism , Abuse , Foster care , Memories , Starting at a new school , Identity , Dancing , Cultural heritage , Sewing , Names , The Iron Curtain , Reunions

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Awards & Honors

2011 ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults; Booklist Top 10 First Novels for Youth 2010; Booklist Top 10 Historical Fiction for Youth 2010; NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2010, History/Life & Culture in the Americas; IRA Notable Books for a Global Society 2010

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List*, The Horn Book Magazine, The Horn Book Guide^, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, School Library Journal, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Horn Book

In 1989, Blessing and her brother are placed in the custody of their aaka (grandmother). The siblings discover their past through Inupiaq family stories. Readers are primed for these by the novel's first section, where Aaka's mother recounts the events of 1917 in which the Spanish influenza wiped out virtually the entire village. Authentic i In 1989, Blessing and her brother are placed in the custody of their aaka (grandmother). The siblings discover their past through Inupiaq family stories. Readers are primed for these by the novel's first section, where Aaka's mother recounts the events of 1917 in which the Spanish influenza wiped out virtually the entire village. Authentic imagery, details, and language pervade this memorable story. Glos.

Junior Library Guild


• Touching, realistic stories with believable, sympathetic characters.
• The two narrators have distinct voices.
• The unique settings and situations are vividly depicted, with great details.
• Strong writing and sense of place.
• A hopeful outlook amidst tragedy and hardship.

• Touching, realistic stories with believable, sympathetic characters.
• The two narrators have distinct voices.
• The unique settings and situations are vividly depicted, with great details.
• Strong writing and sense of place.
• A hopeful outlook amidst tragedy and hardship.

Book Details

ISBN

9780374308056

First Release

March 2010

Genre

Fiction.

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

5 1/2" x 8 1/4"

Page Count

192

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.9; Points: 6;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.6; Points: 11;

Lexile

Level 870L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Fighting, Alcohol, Abuse,

Topics

Traveling, Siberians, Iñupiaq Eskimos, Trade, Storytelling, Family, Beads, Footraces, Moving homes, 1918 flu epidemic, Death, Marriage, Alcoholism, Abuse, Foster care, Memories, Starting at a new school, Identity, Dancing, Cultural heritage, Sewing, Names, The Iron Curtain, Reunions,

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