Tamara Woodson, a young African American girl who lives in
the Black West in the 1880ís, is at a turning point in her life.
Her journey of self-discovery reveals important connections to
her ancestral past and uncertain future. Exposure to the Apache
Indian culture helps Tamara validate the values ad traditions of
others as well as her own. As she matures, Tamara learns to let go
of her own fears and to rely on her inner strength. The simplicity
and honesty of this story is guaranteed to appeal to young readers
coming of age in the 21st century.
This novel represents a method of using historical fiction with a coming of age theme to help young people understand and enjoy American history. In the process, like the characters about whom they read, young people can work out their own personal developmental issues.
The accompanying Journey Home Activity Guide presents resources for group and individual activities, and information on historical facts, biographies and events introduced in the novel.
Ms. Eubanks conducts a variety of workshops, lectures and presentations for educators, youth service workers and parents, on how historical fiction can be used to help young readers connect with their American heritage and examine the social, political and personal issues that affect their lives.
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