Apple in the Middle

Apple in the Middle

Book - 2018
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Apple Starkington turned her back on her Native American heritage the moment she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Indian descent, not that she really even knew how to be an Indian in the first place. Too bad the white world doesn't accept her either. And so begins her quirky habits to gain acceptance. Apple's name, chosen by her Indian mother on her deathbed, has a double meaning: treasured apple of my eye, but also the negative connotation a person who is red, or Indian, on the outside, but white on the inside. After her wealthy father gives her the boot one summer, Apple reluctantly agrees to visit her Native American relatives on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in northern North Dakota for the first time. Apple learns to deal with the culture shock of Indian customs and the Native Michif language, while she tries to find a connection to her dead mother. She also has to deal with a vengeful Indian man who loved her mother in high school but now hates Apple because her mom married a white man. Bouncing in the middle of two cultures, Apple meets her Indian relatives, shatters Indian stereotypes, and learns what it means to find her place in a world divided by color.
Publisher: Fargo, ND : North Dakota State University Press, [2018].
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781946163073
Characteristics: 229 pages ; 21 cm.


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SAPL_Teens Aug 28, 2020

Apple is half white and half American Indian. When her mother dies her father doesn't want to talk about her mother and remarries. Apple's father and stepmom go for a honeymoon and send Apple to her kookum and mashum (grandparents). There, Apple learns about her mother that her father wouldn't tell her about! She finds her first friend and her mother's first crush (who is trying to her back at what her mother owes him). Read "Apple in the Middle" to figure out what happens next! - 5/5 stars SAPL Read It & Review Contributor

Jan 25, 2019

This book is beautifully written. It was relatable and was packed with wisdom. It taught me a few things and connected with me.


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Jan 25, 2019

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