Friday, March 30, 2012

Book Beginning & Friday 56: My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson

Happy Friday everybody!!

Book Beginnings

Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City Reader. 
Anyone can participate; just share the opening sentence of your current read, making sure that you include the title and author so others know what you're reading. 
If you like, share with everyone why you do, or do not, like the sentence.

The Friday 56
  • Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
  • Turn to page 56.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of Freda's Voice
  • Post a link along with your post back to Freda's Voice
Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

This week my closest book is My Name Is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson. This book really isn't the usual sort of thing that I read. It is a National Book Award Finalist title. It is also a book that will be discussed at a book conference I am attending (have attended because I am writing this post a week early). Will Weaver, author of many books himself and judge for the National Book Awards, will be leading the discussion.

Here is the description:
My name is not easy. My name is hard like ocean ice grinding the shore . . . Luke knows his Iñupiaq name is full of sounds white people can’t say. So he leaves it behind when he and his brothers are sent to boarding school hundreds of miles away from their Arctic village. At Sacred Heart School, students—Eskimo, Indian, White—line up on different sides of the cafeteria like there’s some kind of war going on. Here, speaking Iñupiaq—or any native language—is forbidden. And Father Mullen, whose fury is like a force of nature, is ready to slap down those who disobey. Luke struggles to survive at Sacred Heart. But he’s not the only one. There’s smart-aleck Amiq, a daring leader— if he doesn’t self-destruct; Chickie, blond and freckled, a different kind of outsider; and small, quiet Junior, noticing everything and writing it all down. They each have their own story to tell. But once their separate stories come together, things at Sacred Heart School—and the wider world—will never be the same.

When I go off to Sacred Heart School, they're gonna call me Luke because my Inupiaq name is too hard.
Friday 56:
"So you been out hunting lately?" he was saying, saying it real loud, too, like he wanted to make sure everybody heard him.


  1. I'm intrigued by the cover and description.

  2. Having spent time on the Arctic slope and having met several Inupait people I think I would enjoy this book.

  3. I really must get my hands on this book! It seems to have flown under the radar despite it being a National Book Award finalist. I recently heard about it only because of the flap between B&N and AMZN ( I'm not generally a fan of YA lit; but this sounds great!

  4. Oh boy! I want to read this one. I know from the lawsuits I work on that mixing priests and native kids in boarding schools means T*R*O*U*B*L*E*!

  5. Great start to a book and sure catch the readers attention.

  6. What an incredible cover. And going through the synopsis and your snippets, this looks like a really intense read!

    read my 56 here!


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