Sweetgrass Basket

Two young Mohawk sisters describe being forced to leave their beloved home to be schooled in the notorious Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. Devoted to each other and to their father, but opposite in personality and outlook, the sisters experience their virtual imprisonment differently: Mattie, rashly defiant, and Sarah, fearfully obedient until it's too late to act. How Mattie and Sarah protect their culture, memories of family life, and their love for each other under forced assimilation makes for a powerful, unforgettable historical novel. Honor Book for Older Children, 2006.


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