Book cover of Apple Skin to the Core

Apple: Skin to the Core



Publisher & Publication Year

Levine Querido, 2020

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Eric Gansworth (Onondaga Nation)

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In Apple: Skin to the Core, Eric Gansworth tells his story, the story of his family—of Onondaga among Tuscaroras—of Native folks everywhere. From the horrible legacy of the government boarding schools, to a boy watching his siblings leave and return and leave again, to a young man fighting to be an artist who balances multiple worlds.

Notable Achievements

American Indian Youth Literature Award Winner; Printz Honor Award, National Book Award Longlist; TIME 10 Best YA and Children's Books of the Year; NPR Best of the Year; Shelf Awareness Best of the Year; Publishers Weekly Big Indie Books of Fall; Amazon Best Book of the Month; AICL Best YA Books of the Year; CSMCL Best Multicultural Children's Books of the Year


Booklist: “With language rich in metaphor, this is a timely and important work that begs for multiple readings.”

Educator Guide

This guide was created by Andrea Page and includes a summary of the book, discussion questions, and artistic prompts.

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