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Children's LiteratureAGERANGE: Ages 8 to 12.
Using a combination of beautifully-drawn illustrations and actual photographs taken by Montezuma's adopted father, Carlo Gentile, author and illustrator Gina Capaldi combines the visuals with a detailed text that tells the story of Wassaja, later known as Carlos Montezuma. This sensitive rendering of the story of an Arizona Apache child who becomes a leading advocate for all Native Americans across the United States is inspired by an actual letter written by Montezuma to Professor H. W. Holmes of the Smithsonian Institution in 1905. Further research from magazine and newspaper articles and interviews provide the rest of the backdrop for this biography. The story of Wassaja is truly inspiring as the author takes us through the child's kidnapping by the Pima Indians when he was five years old to his fostering by the photographer Gentile and, later, his life in Chicago. Montezuma eventually becomes a medical doctor and spends the majority of his adulthood working for the rights of Native American. This is a beautifully-done book that is a must-read for those interested in the history of civil rights and Native Americans in this country. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.