Rising Fawn and the Fire Mystery Marilou Awiakta and Beverly Bringle, Fulcrum, $14.95; 800-992-2908.

risingfawnAGES 9-11: The 1830s was a decade stained by the removal of Indians to reserved land in the West. Seven-year-old Rising Fawn’s peaceful life with the Choctaw is changed forever when she is swept away from her family and given to a white couple.

Her connection with her heritage helps her survive and teaches her understanding and respect for another culture. This book, based on stories passed through generations for 150 years, is a poignant tale of courage, love, spiritual awareness and the importance of community. Marilou Awiakta has written a powerful, inspiring story suitable for children nine years and older. —Lee Culver

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