November 2018 Defining Oneself through “I Am” Poems

Books of the Month

Text copyright © 2018 Joseph Bruchac; Pictures copyright © 2018 Liz Amini-Holmes. Images reproduced with permission of the publisher, Albert Whitman & Company

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Code: A Navajo Code Talker’s Story

By Joseph Bruchac; pictures by Liz Amini-Holmes (Albert Whitman & Company)

Forced to attend a missionary boarding school, Betoli was forbidden to speak Navajo and given the English name Chester. Chester adapted as best he could to the forced assimilation but refused to give up his language and heritage—which he and other Navajo soldiers used to create an unbreakable code that was key to ending World War II.

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Us, in Progress: Short Stories About Young Latinos

By Lulu Delacre (HarperCollins)

Short stories drawn from true accounts offer moving portraits of the hardships and victories of the diverse Latinos who live in the United States.

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#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women

Edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale (Annick Press)

The experience of being a Native American woman is vividly illustrated in poems, essays, interviews, photographs, and art.

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