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by | Read by Joseph Bruchac

Children Ages 8+ • 1.5 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2021

Native American author Joseph Bruchac narrates his novel in verse, capturing all its storytelling qualities on audio. Malian is visiting her grandparents on a Wabanaki reservation when the COVID-19 pandemic shuts down travel. She misses her parents but understands that she, her grandparents, and Malsum, the rez dog, must look after each other. Bruchac speaks slowly and deliberately, as if thoughtfully considering each word. Malian's voice is kind as she helps her grandparents and gently scolds local boys who are breaking quarantine. Without rancor, her grandparents teach Malian the family's history, including stories of forced enrollment in Indian residential schools and caring for each other during epidemics of the past. Malsum is a silent but ever-present participant in this gentle story sprinkled with Wabanaki words. L.T. © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2021]

Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2021

DD ISBN 9780593411346 $11.00


Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2021

DD ISBN 9780593411353 $28.00

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