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The World in Grandfather's Hands
     

The World in Grandfather's Hands

by Craig Kee Strete
 

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Eleven-year-old Jimmy is angry, lonely, and homesick. Since Mother moved them from the pueblo where they lived at one with the land, to Grandfather Whitefeather's house in the city after Father's death, Jimmy has been hemmed in by tall buildings, concrete, noisy neighbors, and unfriendly people. The worst part is that there doesn't seem to be a good reason for being

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Eleven-year-old Jimmy is angry, lonely, and homesick. Since Mother moved them from the pueblo where they lived at one with the land, to Grandfather Whitefeather's house in the city after Father's death, Jimmy has been hemmed in by tall buildings, concrete, noisy neighbors, and unfriendly people. The worst part is that there doesn't seem to be a good reason for being here.

"Try to carry the pueblo with you everywhere you go," Grandfather advises. He explains strange things like automatic doors and keeping safe at night, and helps Jimmy find good things like ice cream and the smell of a freshly cut lawn. But Jimmy doesn't understand-or really want to know-how Grandfather can live here, or why Mother thinks it important for Jimmy to live here too. Why should he learn about the world outside the pueblo, when he's sure it will never be home?

In sensitive and eloquent language, Craig Kee Strete captures the desert's beauty and the city's bustling chaos, Jimmy's struggle to live in both worlds, and the hope he finds in Grandfather Whitefeather's gentle wisdom, Mother's courage, and the dreams that sustain them all.

"When you know too much about life as Indians live it, the sadness is somehow always there," says Craig Strete. But there is still what he calls "the heart and soul" of The World In Grandfather's Hands: "Hope which gives courage to look at the night and see things. And the power of dreams which brings day from night."

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5-7-Fine contemporary fiction set in an unnamed part of the Southwest. After his father's death, resentful, 11-year-old Jimmy and his mom move from the pueblo to Grandfather Whitefeather's house in the city. Stunned by the urban life of the underclass, Jimmy struggles to adjust. He fights his elders' efforts to help him learn survival skills and accept this new circumstance. When his mother reveals the tragedy of her forced sterilization at the hands of white doctors and her promise to her husband that their only child would be educated in the white men's world so he could ``...defend us against all the lies and treacheries and untruths,'' Jimmy feels unjustly burdened. Yet he slowly comes to see through his grandfather's vision: ``Just one day at a time. Dream and do one day's work to make it true and a promise as big as forever didn't seem so long.'' Powerfully spare prose shapes this subtle, quiet, and paradoxically angry book. Deft characterization of the family members brings each one alive through well-placed observations. Just enough background sets the scene. Strete creates a world of bitter, bewildered people who find serenity from their inner resources. They also possess the spiritual key to taking back their power in the midst of injustice.-Jacqueline Elsner, Athens Regional Library, GA

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781546977797
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
05/27/2017
Pages:
146

Meet the Author

Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to a Cherokee father and a white mother, Craig Kee Strete earned his B.A. in theater arts at Wright State University and his M.F.A. in creative writing at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of several novels, short-story collections, and picture books for children, as well as novels, stories, and plays for adults. His play Paint Your Face On A Drowning In The River was the 1984 Dramatists Guild/CBS New Plays Program first place winner.

More books from Craig Strete are available at: http://ReAnimus.com/store/?author=Craig Strete

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