The Lost Ones by Michaela MacColl

61pedkkbqtl   The Lost Ones (Hidden Histories) by Michaela MacColl, Calkins Creek, 2016, 9781620916254

Format: Hardcover

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

This entry was posted in Book Review and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s