Mary Two Dogs is an Assiniboin Sioux girl. She grew up in New York the only child of musician parents, but when they die in a car accident coming back from a gig, she’s shipped off to live with her Aunt Janet in Georgia. The South is a strange new world to her, and she becomes the target of racist attacks from some of the other girls. Her Aunt Janet, an undercover FBI agent can’t move, but to keep Mary safe, she sends her to the Assiniboin reservation in Montana. A place Mary has only heard about, but has never been.

There Mary has to learn to deal with a whole new world, people and a way of life that is completely different from what she is used to. Now living with her ‘mikusi’, she must learn what it means to be Assiniboin and who she is.
My review: When I first started reading this my first thought was “Wow, the language is really simple here”, then I remembered this is Young Adult fiction book; I am used to thrillers and suspense written for adults. For a YA Fiction, the language is appropriate.

The book covers a lot, Mary’s parents die, she goes to live with her Aunt in Georgia and experiences prejudice, she then goes to the Sioux reservation because her Aunt feels she is not safe in Georgia. There she has to learn a way of living different from New York and different from Georgia.

There is also a history lesson in the book about the Sioux people told from the view of a young Sioux maiden. Mary learns important things about the past and her own ability to deal with change and difficult situations.

I enjoyed this book and I also had a young friend read it. She also liked it and thought the language was appropriate for YA. I would recommend this book.


About Belleza

I got the name Bella because my grandfather called me Suzabell. I use that as a username and my friends on the site started calling me Bella. Thus was born: Bella Foxx's Life, now known as "just a city girl" since I have made the big jump from the country and am now living in the City, UES. I like to make jewelry (check out my blog "Bella is creative" started April 17, 2008) and write. I like to do cross stitch and knit. I sew, I don't really enjoy it, but I enjoy the clothes. I like to read the Bible, books, magazines, online newspaper articles, blogs, jokes on candy wrappers, ads on the subway, billboards, backs of food boxes, lists of ingredients and recipes, cleaning directions, sayings on shirts. I post my reviews on "Just a girl, living, reading, watching, and writing", on Shelfari, Library Thing and Goodreads.. I am allergic to practically everything: grass, trees, weeds, animal dander, dust, mold, wheat, apples, nuts, fish and coconut. The fish and coconut are so serious I carry an Epi-pen and wear a Medic-Alert bracelet. And last but not least. I love the Yankees.

One response

  1. Anna says:

    Not sure I’d read this one, but it does sound interesting. Thanks for the review.

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