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.
Ann Dallman has won numerous awards for her writing and has presented her work at national conferences. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison (Journalism Education) and received her MA from Viterbo University. A former teacher, she has written for Marquette Monthly, Country, Farm and Ranch, Winds of Change, Chess Life, Salon Today, and American Salon magazines, and the Green Bay Press Gazette. She was the writer and organizing force behind the book Sam English: The Life, Times and Works of an Artist, 2009 PEAK International Award winner, and compiled/edited The
Hannahville Poets. She resides in Menominee, Michigan.