My Heart is on the Ground (Dear America)

by Ann Rinaldi

Hardcover, 1999



Local notes

Fic Dea





Scholastic US (1999), 144 pages


In the diary account of her life at a government-run Pennsylvania boarding school in 1880, a twelve-year-old Sioux Indian girl reveals a great need to find a way to help her people.

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144 p.; 7.75 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member Hamburgerclan
This is a wonderful book about a Sioux girl who goes to Carlisle Indian school. In this fictional diary, she describes what it's like to live there--showing the way it was like from the student's point of view. Then her friend Pretty Eagle comes to join her, and Little Rose discovers that she goes
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into trances. And then...well, I can't spoil it!
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LibraryThing member coriblake
I was impressed with the extent of the historical research that was done prior to the writing of the novel. I was also veyr pleased with the historical accuracy. Although written in diary format, I often became bored while reading the trials and tribulations of Nannie Rose's experiences while at
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the Carlisle Indian School in Pennsylvania. I appreciated the photos taken of the Native Americans of the people who were portrayed in the story as well as the historical note. The historical note at the end of the story really put things into perspective and made the story quite real. Overall I enjoyed the book and feel this is a good multi-cultural book for middle school students focusing on the obstacles that the Native Americans faced when their land was taken away from them.
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LibraryThing member camarie
One of the most memorable books i have ever read. Heartbreaking and ultimately classic.
LibraryThing member justagirlwithabook
I don't remember much of these books as individual books, but I remember reading them all as a young, avid reader. I think that ultimately these books are the reason why I love historical fiction novels so much. They all did such a great job of taking me to a different time and place and making it
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come alive, seeing the world through an older, historical lens. I highly recommend any of the Dear America books to younger readers who love history and need to get hooked on reading!
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