Sweetgrass

Sweetgrass

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by Jan Hudson
     
 

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Sweetgrass, a 15-year-old Blackfoot girl, longs to be married like the other girls her age, and she has a young warrior in mind, Eagle-Sun. Her father feels she is too young for marriage, but over a difficult year for their tribe, which include natural disasters, encounters with white settlers, fights with other tribes, and a smallpox epidemic, she proves her courage,

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Sweetgrass, a 15-year-old Blackfoot girl, longs to be married like the other girls her age, and she has a young warrior in mind, Eagle-Sun. Her father feels she is too young for marriage, but over a difficult year for their tribe, which include natural disasters, encounters with white settlers, fights with other tribes, and a smallpox epidemic, she proves her courage, intelligence, and maturity. "Vivid characters bring the culture of the Dakota Indians in the 1830s to life through this richly patterned historical novel�An unusually fine first novel." — Booklist (starred review) "A masterpiece combining elements of an historical novel, a native American, a survival, and a coming-of-age novel�.Will invite re-reading." — School Library Journal (starred review)

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In the summer of 1837, Sweetgrass, a Blackfoot girl with a lively mind, restlessly awaits permission to marry. Because her father is a man of means and is fond of her, she can reasonably presume that a desirable match will be made. But when? And can she respect its full effect on her future? Much of this coming-of-age story shows how Sweetgrass learns to value her role in the cultural pattern of her people, the ``beaded design.'' At the same time, it presents a heroine luckier and stronger than other women, particularly the poignant and resigned young bride, Pretty-Girl. Although the story line meanders, the final chapters, in which Sweetgrass nurses her family through a smallpox epidemic and a dreadful winter, are graphic and powerfully written. Especially convincing is the spark between Sweetgrass and Eagle-Sun, lovers who rarely speak or touch but make the most of a yearning glance. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Living on the Western Canadian prairie in the early 19th century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father. The events are based on written records of the Blackfoot Indians (Siksika) during the winter of 1837-38. A 1990 Notable Children's Book.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-10The poetic lore of the Blackfoot Indian sharpens a compelling coming-of-age tale of 15-year-old Sweetgrass' longing to be the wife of Eagle-Sun, and of the harrowing experiences she endures to ensure her tribe's survival. Majestic historical fiction with concerns that echo problems in today's society. (Apr. 1989)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780698117631
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Series:
Paperstar Book Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
1,160,230
Product dimensions:
5.06(w) x 7.72(h) x 0.48(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Sweetgrass 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read sweetgrass as a class novel and it was okay but im not a real fan of native americans. i reccommend this book to girls more than boys because its really about a girl' s life and love. i think they should have made the ending alittle longer but otherwise it was okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have always loved books having to do with native americans. the plot in this book was good, and it was interesting, but if your looking for a challenging read this is not ur book. the book was easy to read and i feel is geared more towards preteens rather than teens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jan Hudson did a beyond excellent job writing this book. while reading it, you actually fall in love with Sweetgrass's boyfriend, if you're a girl, that is. I would only change the way the main plot of the book happened in the last 30 pages. i would definitely recommend this book to seventh-grade girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is very good because she is the oldest unmarried in her blackfoot tribe and its all because the father is just trying to make things best for her and i like it beacuse it reminds me of how people act thes days
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the reader what life was like for the Indians. It lets you know how hard it was. I loved this book and I recommend it for any age all though, if you enjoy romance you would also love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written. I recommend it to any middle school girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was good. It had a lot of sub-plots that made it interesting, but I think they should have stayed on the main plot more. I also felt they could have done better on the ending.