***2021 Michael L. Printz Honor Book (for Young Adult Literature)***
A haunting memoir about identity and belonging, written in prose so rhythmical and poetic that it can be read as verse. The author’s grandparents were among the children at the infamous Carlisle Indian Industrial School (there were hundreds of boarding schools like it), where you were taught not how to be an American but how to lose yourself. Only two generations removed from that brutal assimilation process, the author continues to find fragments of his grandparents’ memories, pick up pieces and situate them back in the puzzle, balancing multiple worlds. Apple: Skin to the Core is illustrated with the author’s own visual art.
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