Alex the Shadow Girl reviews Cady and the Birchbark Box

About Cady and the Birchbark Box:

In Cady and the Birchbark Box, Cady Whirlwind Thunder solves the mystery behind a weathered journal found inside an old birchbark box. Why was the box buried behind a deserted garage? This is the question her friend and “crush,” John Ray Chicaug, asks Cady after the two of them find it. And what meaning do the notes in the book have? 

Book Review of Cady and the Birchbark Box

Okay ‘notes from the past’ is one of my favorite book tropes, so when I read that this book dealt with an old journal inside a mystery box, I was immediately intrigued. There’s just something so exciting about reading the first-hand experience of someone in an old journal. But, Cady and the Birchbark box is one step above the last book. It does deal with similar themes, like Cady dealing with her school stuff alongside the mystery-solving while connecting with her Native American culture on a deeper level.

There’s a lot of character development and things aren’t as awkward as before with her crush John. But it is not like all things are calm and okay in her life. What I liked about this book is how it can teach a lot of lessons to young readers.

It explains the importance of all parts of one’s life – their cultural roots, their academics as well as their personal hobbies and passions. And it is not like, in life, you will only be dealing with one problem at a time. This book paints a very holistic picture while keeping the mystery alive with surreal elements. The book is fast-paced and yet descriptive, so if it is read out aloud, it will be an entertaining book. I definitely liked it more than the last book.

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Cady and the Bear Necklace

SKU 978-1-61599-648-3
$15.95
A Cady Whirlwind Thunder Mystery, 2nd Ed
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Product Details
UPC: 978-1-61599-648-3
Brand: Modern History Press
Binding: Paperback
Audiobook: Audible, iTunes
Edition: 2nd
Author: Ann Dallman
Illustrator: Joanna Walitalo
Pages: 134
Publication Date: 02/01/2022

Join us for the first book of the CADY WHIRLWIND THUNDER MYSTERIES

  • Winner of the Historical Society of Michigan's book award for Children & Youth (2020)
  • Winner of the Midwest Book Award for Young Adult Fiction (2020)
  • Winner of the Upper Peninsula Notable Books award (2020)
Cady, a 13-year-old girl of Native American heritage, has experienced major changes in the past year-her father's marriage to a younger woman, a new baby brother, and a move from Minnesota to Michigan where she attends a reservation school for the first time. One school day, Cady finds an eagle feather on the floor outside a classroom and reports it to the principal. When thanking her for this act of honor, he tells her that a mystery might soon appear in her life. Later, Cady discovers and antique Indian beaded necklace hidden under the floor of her bedroom closet. Is this the mystery the principal predicted might appear? She consults with elders who tell her it is her "job" to find out why. Helping her are her new friends Irish, John Ray and a talking blue jay.

"I was enthralled by the story, its interesting characters, the mystery plot, the author's beautiful writing style spiced with wisdom and humor, and what I learned about tribal cultures and customs." -- Christine DeSmet, author of The Fudge Shop Mysteries

"I LOVE IT. I could not put it down. I read the last few chapters slowly as possible the past few days because I was sad it was almost to the end of the book. I am looking forward to the next one." -- Faye DG Auginaush, from the White Earth Ojibwe in MN & Hannahville MI Potawatomi.

"What a beautifully written story of a young Native American girl, Cady, and her search for love and answers. The author's descriptions and authentic dialogue will immerse the reader in Native American culture and history." --Gregory L. Renz, author of Beneath the Flames

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