Nan’s Notes: Hidden Roots

hidden rootsby Joseph Bruchac

  • 136 pages
  • Scholastic Press

This book counts towards the Take a Chance Challenge, task number 1:

  1. Random Book Selection. Go to the library. Position yourself in a section such as Fiction, Non-Fiction, Mystery, Children (whatever section you want). Then write down random directions for yourself (for example, third row, second shelf, fifth book from right). Follow your directions and see what book you find. Check that book out of the library, read it and then write about it. (If you prefer, you can do the same at a bookstore and buy the book!)

I went into the YA section of my library and followed a set of directions that ended up leading me to this book. One thing I noticed was this author had a ton of books at the library.

— spoiler alert—

I was surprised about how much story was in this short book. The setting of this book is 1954 in northen New York state, with a few trips over to Vermont. Sonny lives with his mom and his dad, who has a violent temper. Uncle Louis, an older and quiet man, often comes by to help out Sonny and his mom. Throughout the story, we learn secrets from the family’s past which helps the family come together with a stronger bond and understanding.

I was surprised about how much I enjoyed this book. I have not read many books about Native Americans, so it was good to read one that dealt with that topic and how unfairly Native Americans (and others) were treated during the years of the Eugenics Project. There was one thing that bothered me though, and that was how the abuse from the father was resolved, or actually just ended. That part didn’t seem realistic to me. I will pick up other books by this author.

(I hope this review makes sense… it never cooled off last night and I didn’t sleep at all. But, I wanted to get this review done and off my list.)


Rating: 3.5/5


2 Responses

  1. I’m glad this ended up being good for you. The Chance directions are so hit and miss! I hope it cools off for you soon. 😦

  2. I”m glad you found an author that you want to try again … that part seemed to have worked out for you. And I know the feeling when you just want to get a review done and off your list of things to do — I have that feeling now.

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