Willie and Babette have had their world turned upside down. While Babette adjusts easily to the change in circumstances, it takes Willie a great deal more time. How would you feel if you were suddenly thrust into a world that your own mother had kept you shunned from? Follow along on the first stage of young Willie’s journey, as she forces herself to adjust to this strange new world. A startling epiphany shows Willie that she isn’t the only one who suffers from ‘Less Than Humble Beginnings.’
Why I Wrote This Book:
I wrote this book not only to tell a great story, but also to bring about some sort of realization of what the Native American people today must deal with, and what the reservations are really like. This is an important cause for me, as I am Choctaw/Cherokee mixed (like Willie) on my mother’s side, and a little Cherokee on my dad’s side. I also thought many young adults and teenagers, no matter their situation in life, could greatly benefit from the story. Willie is an upbeat character for the most part, yet completely human, prone to all those most natural innate feelings we all feel. No matter what is thrown her way, Willie always tries her hardest to persevere, and to do so in as optimistic a manner as she can…at least, as she grows she does.
Why I Think People Will Love This Book:
The book has a little bit of everything, which I believe makes it great for a wide range of audiences. It’s a contemporary coming of age story with a hint of adventure, and a romantic twist intertwined with the main plot. Willie is a very likeable and realistic character, while her family and friends represent a wide range of personalities, traits, looks, and cultures. It’s not a soft, soppy story, but it’s not as intense as I usually write, making it a great read for teens of about 16+. (There is some mention of drinking, drugs, and general references to sex and/or kissing, so it is not really appropriate for very young audiences)
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