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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How Dare We! Write, 2nd Edition [PB]

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UPC: 978-1-61599-683-4
Brand: Modern History Press
Binding: Paperback
Edition: 2nd
Author: Sherry Quan Lee
Pages: 266
Publication Date: 08/01/2022

How Dare We! Write: a multicultural creative writing discourse offers a much needed corrective to the usual dry and uninspired creative writing pedagogy. The collection asks us to consider questions, such as “What does it mean to work through resistance from supposed mentors, to face rejection from publishers and classmates, and to stand against traditions that silence you?" and "How can writers and teachers even begin to make diversity matter in meaningful ways on the page, in the classroom, and on our bookshelves?"

How Dare We! Write is an inspiring collection of intellectually rigorous lyric essays and innovative writing exercises; it opens up a path for inquiry, reflection, under­standing, and creativity that is ultimately healing. The testimonies provide a hard won context for their innovative paired writing experiments that are, by their very nature, generative.
--Cherise A. Pollard, PhD, Professor of English, West Chester University of Pennsylvania

So-called “creative writing” classes are highly politicized spaces, but no one says so; to acknowledge this obvious fact would be to up-end the aesthetics, cultural politics (ideology) and economics on which most educational institutions are founded. How Dare We! Write, a brilliant interventive anthology of essays, breaks this silence.
-- Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art; co-editor of Poetry and Cultural Studies: A Reader

How Dare We! Write is a collection of brave voices calling out to writers of color everywhere: no matter how lonely, you are not alone; you are one in a sea of change, swimming against the currents.
-- Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, and The Song Poet, a 2017 Minnesota Book Award winner

How Dare We! Write is a much needed collection of essays from writers of color that reminds us that our stories need to be told, from addressing academic gatekeepers, embracing our identities, the effects of the oppressors tongue on our psyche and to the personal narratives that help us understand who we are.
---Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, writer, spoken word poet/performer and contributing author to A Good Time for fhe Truth: Race in Minnesota

Learn more at http://blog.SherryQuanLee.com

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