Weekend Pick March 17, 2023
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As we make our way toward the middle of March, for this week’s weekend pick I’d like to recommend one of my new favorite middle grade novels, I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day.
Day’s debut novel, I Can Make This Promise is inspired by her own family’s history. The story begins with twelve year old Edie, who has known her whole life that her mother was adopted by a white couple. So, though Edie remains curious about her Native American heritage, she is sure her family doesn’t have any answers to quell her questions. Until, Edie and friends discover a hidden box in the attic while preparing for a film project. Full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” accompanied by a photograph of a woman who looks just like Edie, she begins to wonder how her and this woman who shares her name are connected. Edie asks herself: Could this woman belong to the Native family I’ve never met? Why wouldn’t my mom tell me the truth? Can I trust my parents to tell me the truth now?
If you want to learn more about Christine Day, I highly recommend visiting her website where she has provided insightful educator guides with discussion questions, reading activities, and additional historical context for the novel.
Until next week, keep reading!