Rain Is Not My Indian Name (Hardcover)
The next day was my fourteenth birthday, and I'd never kissed a boy -- domestic style or French. Right then, I decided to get myself a teen life.
Cassidy Rain Berghoff didn't know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his.
It's been six months since her best friend died, and up until now Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia's Indian Camp in their mostly white midwestern community, Rain decides to face the outside world again -- at least through the lens of her canera.
Hired by her town newspaper to photograph the campers, Rain soon finds that she has to decide how involved She wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from the intertribal community she belongs to? And just how willing is she to connect with the campers after her great loss?
In a voice that resonates with insight and humor, Cynthia Leitich Smith tells of heartbreak, recovery, and reclaiming one's place in the world.
About the Author
Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of the first book in this series, Feral Nights, as well as the Tantalize quartet: Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical, and the graphic novels Tantalize: Kieren s Story and Eternal: Zachary s Story, both illustrated by Ming Doyle. About Feral Curse, she says, "In small towns, everybody knows one another. That pushes secrets deeper and occasionally makes them more dangerous." Cynthia lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband, author Greg Leitich Smith.
"A wonderful novel of a present-day teen and her 'patch-work tribe."
-School Library Journal
“Rain's observations are appealingly wry, and readers …will find food for thought in this exploration of cultural identity. ”
-The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books