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. Volume XI Number 13 . . . . March 4, 2005
1964 was a time of blatant racial discrimination and hardship for the North American Indian. Georgia is an 11-year-old Cree girl, orphaned by her parents, living with her elderly grandparents. When a flood washes out any trace of their home, Georgia is forced to be brave and resourceful to help her family get their lives back together. Finding an abandoned foal she names Sky changes everything for her. The horse, Sky, represents the life and hardships Georgia feels she has lived through. Sky had overcome the ravages of the flood and survived, as Georgia did with the death of her parents. Georgia decides to keep the horse, if only to finally have something to call her very own.
I found the sentence structure in Sky very distracting while reading. As an adult, I understood that Georgia was a Cree Indian, and thus her speech pattern was supposed to mimic broken English, but for young readers this might confuse them. The speech used would have made more sense if it had only been used for Georgia's dialogue, but it was used randomly in descriptive paragraphs as well. There was seemingly no consistency to the writing. A young reader could be turned off by this style of writing, as it takes a real effort to literally translate the dialogue and form the idea the author is trying to get across. Due to the language, I spent a lot of time re-reading passages.
I do not recommend this book due to the effort it took to read and understand as well as the lack of flow to the story.
Shelly Tyler is a Reference Librarian with the Manitoba Department of Education Library in Winnipeg, MB.
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