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.
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.