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I Can Make This Promise



Publisher & Publication Year

Heartdrum, 2020

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Christine Day (Upper Skagit)

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Edie has often wondered about her Native heritage, but her mom’s non-tribal adoption separated her family from that heritage. When she discovers a box of letters and a photograph of a woman who looks just like her, Edie sets out to solve the mystery of her biological grandmother and learn about their tribal heritage. A story of adoption, reconnection, and community.

Notable Achievements

2020 Global Read Aloud contender; American Indian Youth Literature Award Honor Book; Charlotte Huck Award for Outstanding Fiction for Children Honor Book; Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (Vermont); NPR’s Favorite Books of 2019 selection; Publishers Weekly Flying Start selection; School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2019


Publishers Weekly: "Important themes resonate throughout, including cultural identity and what makes a friendship worth keeping. Day’s affecting novel also considers historical truths about how Native Americans have been treated throughout U.S. history, particularly underlining family separations."

Kirkus Reviews: “The novel is enlightening and a must-read for anyone interested in issues surrounding identity and adoption.”

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