Monday, April 27, 2009

WHO WILL TELL MY BROTHER? by Marlene Carvell

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After recently reading Marlene Carvell's CAUGHT BETWEEN THE PAGES, I went in search of her other books. WHO WILL TELL MY BROTHER? is her first book and winner of the IRA Children's Book Award.

This novel in verse tells the story of Evan Hill. His family heritage connects him directly to the American Indian and drives him to protest his school's mascot, the face of an Indian. Evan is not the first to lodge a complaint. His older brother attempted to bring about a change in the school's policy but had no luck.

Evan finds his battle with the school board a one-sided fight. Although he has the support of his family, no one else in the school is willing to add their voice to his objections. As a result, he becomes a victim of taunts and bullying directed at his Indian heritage.

Carvell states in the Afterword that the character of Evan Hill is based on her own son and his struggle to change his school's mascot. She mentions that the change did not occur until after her son graduated. A wolf is now their mascot


Staci said...

This sounds like a really interesting story! Thanks for the review!

Anonymous said...

This is kind of hind sight, but I go to the school the book is based on and our new mascot is red hawks, not wolves...