I Can Make This Promise

Christine Day
In her debut middle grade novel—inspired by her family’s history—Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family’s secrets—and finds her own Native American identity. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how curious she might be about her Native American heritage, Edie is sure her family doesn’t have any answers. Until the day when she and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic—a box full of letters signed “Love, Edith,” and photos of a woman who looks just like her. Suddenly, Edie has a flurry of new questions about this woman who shares her name. Could she belong to the Native family that Edie never knew about? But if her mom and dad have kept this secret from her all her life, how can she trust them to tell her the truth now?


Reviewed: 2019-10-29

This middle grade reader was a shot through the heart. An excellent read for any age, but specifically written for a younger audience to get an understanding of a problem faced by many Natives. 12 year old Edith sets out on a path to learn about her history. She knows her mom was adopted into a white family, but she does not know the circumstances that led to that adoption. Education on Native struggles past and present is severely lacking. Works of fiction, like I Can Make This Promise, help to fill that gap. They weave stories often heard in Native communities, but not discussed outside. Day expertly creates moments of suspense, heartbreak and familial love. I highly recommend this book.

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