Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Historical fiction
What did you like about the book? Casita is a Lipan Apache, or Ndé, living in El Remolino, Mexico with her family. Then, comes the The Day of Screams in 1877, when the U.S. Cavalry, without orders, raids their village for the purpose of “annihilation, obliteration and complete destruction.” Her mother is killed, and she and her brother Jack are taken as prisoners to Fort Clark in Texas. After several years they are shipped off to the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania, never returning to their home. The author has followed traces of historical record about an actual family and contains historical photographs of the characters. Casita’s story dramatizes a shameful era in U.S. history, through the personal story of a young girl. Includes extensive resources.
Anything you didn’t like about it? At times the author uses Casita’s voice to explain facts about the events that seem beyond her ken. Still, it was an engrossing read.
To whom would you recommend this book? This book would be excellent for curriculum units on 19th century American history, and for fans of historical fiction.
Who should buy this book? Elementary, middle school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Fiction
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: November 20, 2016