In this charming and revealing historical biography turned novel, pre-teen youngster Addie Kennedy engages readers with her frank and heartfelt impressions of life at the Carlisle Indian School, an educational experiment designed to strip her of her Osage identity. Addie allows readers to peer into a world of sadness and drudgery through letters, free from the scrutiny of the school censors. These letters are smuggled to and from her home by her beloved uncle who visits her regularly, traveling from her father’s hometown not far from the school. This exciting and heartrending glimpse into the realities of the Native American experience in general, and the Osage Nation in specific is both timely and poignant. Expand your horizons, engulf yourself in the history of a true yet harrowing tale, and explore Addie’s time at Carlisle as she wonders, “is she really attending school, or is she a prisoner in disguise?”
CURRENTLY IN PREPUBLICATION, RELEASE DATE TBD, PROJECTED LATE FALL 2021.