Apple (Skin to the Core)
A memoir in verse for fans of Brown Girl Dreaming and The Poet X
How about a book that makes you barge into your boss's office to read a page of poetry from? That you dream of? That every movie, song, book, moment that follows continues to evoke in some way?
The term "Apple" is a slur in Native communities across the country. It's for someone supposedly "red on the outside, white on the inside."
Eric Gansworth is telling his story in Apple (Skin to the Core). The story of his family, of Onondaga among Tuscaroras, of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds. Eric shatters that slur and reclaims it in verse and prose and imagery that truly lives up to the word heartbreaking.
Author’s note. Notes explaining section titles. Note about the artwork. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations using gouache and photo references.
JLG Release: Oct 2020
Awards & Honors
2020 National Book Award Longlist for Young People's Literature
2021 Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
School Library Journal
6" x 9"
Scholastic Reading CountsN/A
Arthur A. Levine
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Language: Strong Language , Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism , Violence: General
Native Americans, Indigenous communities, Onondaga people (Iroquois Confederacy), Tuscarora Nation (New York), Pop music, Rock and roll, Family, Coming of age, Memoirs in verse, Books in verse,