What do marauding vampires, teen restaurant impresarios, small town politics and grieving families have in common? Cynthia Leitich Smith, writer and scholar extraordinaire. Carey and Marie talk about the inescapable legacy of Twilight, Native American kidlit and YA, photography as a catalyst for self-exploration and expression, and really terrible men who dress like they did a walk of shame from a Hot Topic.
Rain is Not My Indian Name: Goodreads
Cynthia Leitich Smith: Website
Rain is Not My Indian Name
Racism, small town prejudice, anti-Native prejudice, grief (long term and short term), girl on girl relational agression
Gore, physical violence, vampirism, sexualization of teenagers, drugging and forcibly turning a teenager into a vampire. Also the baby squirrel thing.
Austin Book Store: Book People
Nowadays, Cassidy can attend one of these programs: These Revolutionary Programs Are Helping Native American Kids Chase Careers In Science, Technology, And Engineering
A real life Aunt Georgia: Czarina Salido fighting to help young Native American girls discover STEM
Native Now: Contemporary Indian Stories: article by by Cynthia Leitich Smith (contemporary to Rain is Not My Indian Name)
A real-life Sanguini's in Tokyo, Japan