Soldier Sister, Fly Home

By: Nancy Bo Flood

Illustrator: Shonto Begay

Fourteen-year-old Tess is having a hard time understanding what it means to be part white and part Navajo. Now her sister Gaby is going to enlist and fight in the Iraq war. Information about the Navajo language. Glossary of Navajo words. Reader's group guide.

ISBN: 9781580897020

JLG Release: Nov 2016


Sensitive Areas: Mild language, Violence, Smoking, Racism and racist epithets
Topics: Sisters , Navajo Indians , Families , Horses , Indians of North America , Arizona , Family life

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Tess and her older sister, Gaby, siblings who live in Navajo Nation with their family, are close, but when Gaby enlists in the military, their bond is threatened. Gaby entrusts Tess with her beloved stallion, Blue, whom Tess deems unstable and scary. Tess would much rather take in and experience the canyon while running on her own two legs, yet she Tess and her older sister, Gaby, siblings who live in Navajo Nation with their family, are close, but when Gaby enlists in the military, their bond is threatened. Gaby entrusts Tess with her beloved stallion, Blue, whom Tess deems unstable and scary. Tess would much rather take in and experience the canyon while running on her own two legs, yet she makes the promise to her sister that she will look after Blue. After Gaby leaves, Tess questions where she fits into the world and how her biracial identity affects her sense of self. At school, she is seen as “the Indian girl.” Even at home on the reservation, Tess still feels like an outsider. After spending time with her grandmother, her shima sani, at sheep camp, she begins to realize there are many answers as to what makes a person who they are. When tragedy strikes Blue, the true strength of the sisters’ bond is tested. Tying in this book with the death of real-life fallen soldier Lori Piestewa feels a bit forced; the story would have stood alone without this inclusion. Endnotes suggest that Flood consulted with Navajo people; however, there is no mention of Piestewa’s family. VERDICT A tender story set in contemporary Navajo Nation, with themes that will resonate with many readers on their own journey toward self-discovery.—Amy Zembroski, Indian Community School, Franklin, WI

Book Details

ISBN

9781580897020

First Release

November 2016

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

176

Accelerated Reader

Level 4; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 3.3; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level 590L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Charlesbridge

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Mild language, Violence, Smoking, Racism and racist epithets

Topics

Sisters, Navajo Indians, Families, Horses, Indians of North America, Arizona, Family life,

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