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Title: Rain Is Not My Indian Name
Author: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Year of Publication: 2001
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 135
First Line: "On New Year's Eve, I stood waiting my turn in the express aisle of Hein's Grocery Barn, flipping through the December issue of Teen Lifestyles--a perfume-soaked ad for makeup, clothes, and bulimia."

Summary: Cassidy Rain Berghoff didn't know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his.

It's been six months since her best friend died, and up until now Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia's Indian Camp in the mostly white midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again--at least through the lens of her camera.

Hired by her town newspaper to photograph the campers, Rain soon finds that she has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from the intertribal community she belongs to? And just how willing is she to connect with the campers after her great loss?

In a voice that resonates with insight and humor, Cynthia Leitich Smith tells of heartbreak, recovery, and reclaiming one's place in the world.

(Source: Back of book)



Review: I didn't hate this book or anything, but it wasn't very enjoyable. There was little plot, the characters were below mediocre.... It really didn't have anything special. I kept waiting for something exciting to happen and it never did. Plus, the girl, Rain, didn't act her age at all.

Worst part: Plot. I'm a real stickler for it and this one was just so bland.

Best part: I like the character called, "The Flash". I also liked the situation with Flynn and Natalie.

Grade: C-

Other Books by This Author: Jingle Dancer, Indian Shoes, Tantalize and others..
Tags: category: young adult, genre: fiction, review, xxx author last name: r-z
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