My Name Is Not Easy

My Name Is Not Easy

Book - 2011 | 1st ed
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Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can't say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School, students -- Eskimo, Indian, White -- line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there's some kind of war going on. Here, speaking Iñupiaq -- or any native language -- is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he's not the only one. There's smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader -- if he doesn't self-destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small, quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. They each have their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School -- and the wider world -- will never be the same.
Publisher: New York : Marshall Cavendish, ©2011 (Printed in China)
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781477816295
Call Number: y EDWARDSON 2011
Characteristics: 248 pages ; 22 cm


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"Luke's Inupiaq name is hard like ocean ice grinding at the shore or wind pounding the tundra. But at Alaska's Sacred Heart boarding school, which Luke attends with his brother, Bunna (a third brother is effectively kidnapped and sent to Texas), his name and the nuances of his culture aren't... Read More »

Grade 7 and up. In the 1960's, Inupiaq Luke and his brother are sent to a boarding school in Alaska, where they clash with Native American students and staff that ignores their culture.

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Jun 23, 2016

This is a book my teen chose for us to read for our book club. It is the story of what was done to native children in Alaska. They were taken from their families to give them an education and told their native Language was not allowed to be spoken .

Nov 25, 2015

A sobering and inspiring read about the dire conditions prevalent in Roman Catholic boarding schools in Alaska in the 1960's. Based on fact, it is a story about survival and the connections these children from mixed racial backgrounds made which lasted throughout their lives.

Mar 15, 2013

Awesome book about courage and survival at an arctic boarding school.


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Mar 15, 2013

Mum_of_2 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99


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