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Something to Hold

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  212 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Can a white girl feel at home on an Indian reservation?

Based on the author’s childhood experience in the early 1960s, this debut novel centers on Kitty, whose father is a government forester at Warm Springs Reservation, Oregon. Kitty is one of only two white kids in her class, and the Indian kids are keeping their distance. With time, Kitty becomes increasingly aware of th
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by Clarion Books (first published January 1st 2011)
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Dec 12, 2011 Larrullo rated it it was amazing
A book worth reading. Short chapters (made it easy to read here and there with little people awake), simple and honest with a good plot, good message, and touchy subjects were written with sensitivity. Nothing was overdone in this book which for me invited thought. I love that the author did not push any views or show any prejudice in her writing.

The content of this book is universal and quietly well as giving some accurate insights about interactions between indigenous and white
Kitty's dad is U.S. forest ranger and her family lives on Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the mid-60s. Being one of the very few white people living at the reservation has some challenges for Kitty and, not through her actions but the behavior of others, we see subtle and not-so-subtle insults and prejudices suffered by Native Americans in their own schools, stores, and reservation.

The book caught my attention because it's about a topic I've only read about one other time. I enjoyed it. It di
Feb 20, 2013 Linda rated it really liked it
With ease she reminds what it was like when you were a child. It also makes me want to visit Oregon more than I already did...
Mar 05, 2013 Lucinda rated it really liked it
Acutely perceptive, profoundly meaningful and poignant this stunning novel is an utterly compelling read.

Beautifully evocative and deeply touching this wonderful tale of colorful culture and vibrant history is both enchanting, and a thoroughly gripping read. Set in 1962, Kitty moves from one country to another, never settling until they land in the warm springs Reservation in Oregon. Being ‘white’ in an Indian community is strange, with racism and segregation towards those with colored skin bei
Jan 15, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
Katherine Schlick Noe's Something to Hold is a rare find in the children's literature scene. With one caveat (discussed below), I would wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone interested in a realistic portrayal of American Indians, their life, culture, and land, as well as issues of racism, courage, and the forging of unlikely friendships.

I found Noe's book extremely moving (I admit to tearing up at the end), and also completely believable. Noe was inspired by her own childhood, some of wh
When Kitty Schlick's father requires the family to move to Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon in 1962, Kitty is nervous about being one of the few white children to attend Warm Springs Grade School. Although she finds the other students standoffish, some of them find her the same way. Eventually, she makes friends with some of the First Nation students--of course, they're called "Indians" in keeping with the times. As she observes some students being bullied by other students and others being bu ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Dec 06, 2011 Margo Tanenbaum rated it really liked it
In this new novel, debut author Katherine Schlick Noe tells a fresh and compelling story, based on her own childhood experiences of growing up on an Indian reservation as one of the only white families in the community.

When our eleven-year old heroine, Kitty, arrives at the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon in 1962, she's used to being the new kid--her dad works for the government as a forest manager and they're always moving around. But it's hard to fit in at the reservation school where she's
Catherine Gembara
Mar 24, 2016 Catherine Gembara rated it really liked it
This novel takes place in the 1960s on an Indian Reservation in Oregon. What is really interesting about this book is that the main character, Kitty, is not Indian herself, but lives on a reservation because her father works for the government. The novel is based on the childhood of the author, so she has actual experience living in this perspective. There are not many great novels about Native Americans that are not stereotypical or relatively racist, so this is a good read to see what some res ...more
Aug 15, 2012 Caitlin rated it really liked it
This was a truly sweet, 'moment in time' kind of book, one that allows you to just fall right into the story. Using her own life experiences author Schlick Noe writes of Kitty and her family's transition from all-American white suburbia to living and attending school with Native Americans on a reservation in Oregon, in the early 1960s. Kitty must make new friends and deal with the regular dramas of school life, while also facing tougher issues like prejudice and abusive situations during her tim ...more
Feb 05, 2012 Sara rated it it was amazing
Something To Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe tells the story of Kitty a white girl who moves onto an Indian reservation in the early 1960's with her father who works for the forest service. Kitty's year starts out very rocky, she feels like an outsider in a world she doesn't understand. She soon makes friends and finds herself confused by the differences in the way she is treated compared to her Indian classmates and neighbors.

This is a fantastic book, based on the authors own childhood, that exp
Jaime Leroy
Jul 09, 2012 Jaime Leroy rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-school
When Kitty’s father lands a new job on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, Kitty moves to a place where she is one of two white children in her school. It is 1962, and at her new school, Kitty is an outcast because of her race. The Indian population have a strong resentment of white people and it takes Kitty a little while to truly understand why. Once she does, she begins to make friends and feel less like an outsider. She becomes interested in the rich culture of the Indians and aware of t ...more
Jul 23, 2012 Dawn rated it liked it
I read this book on vacation in Mammoth this summer. It's about a white girl who grows up on Indian reservations because her father works for the US Forestry Service. The book is well done and shows some of the tensions and prejudices between the two cultures. What I really liked was the way it also showed that once you move beyond labels and really get to know people as individuals, you can become friends. The story includes hard issues like child abuse, but does so in an appropriate and sensit ...more
Nov 15, 2014 Judy rated it really liked it
Chosen for the 2015 Community Reads book in Jefferson County, Oregon, where the book takes place.

This is a well-written, and sometimes moving, YA novel about a sixth grade girl who moves to the Warm Springs Indian Reservation in the early 1960s. She is there because her father works for the Bureau of Indian Affairs as the forest manager. As one of the few non-Indians in the community, she slowly makes friends with the Indian people.

The book is somewhat autobiographical. The author did live for
Feb 22, 2012 Karlen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It engaged me emotionally and kept me wanting to read. Love the positive message of being kind.

I found some of the things the kids did unbelievable. Not so much that they ruined the book though. For instance, while I agree the reticence of a shy/new kid could be perceived as "stuck up" I don't believe an 11 year old would identify it and call it out. Similarly, I agree being nice and jumping in is good advice I can't see an 11 year old giving it.

Speaking to the criti
Feb 05, 2016 Danielle rated it it was ok
It's 1962 and eleven-year-old Kitty moves with her family to the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon, where her dad works for the forestry service. Kitty isn't comfortable being one of two white kids in her class, and she also isn't comfortable learning the state song or being taught about Columbus Day by the white teacher. While I enjoyed those moments, they were subplot to a story lines about the abusive (white) stepfather of Kitty's classmates. The climactic scenes at the end almost felt out o ...more
Jan 12, 2012 Karen rated it really liked it
Something To Hold by Katherine Schlick Noe
Fiction story based on the author’s experience as an eleven-year old, non-Indian living and going to school on the Warm Springs Reservation where her Father was a forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Most of her classmates were Indian and she writes her fiction story based on the people and places of the reservation. This is a good book for the Junior High age. Using the treatment of Indian children by non-Indians (including teachers), this fictio
Apr 12, 2015 Denise rated it really liked it
The author of Something to Hold tells a captivating story of a white girl and her family living on an Indian reservation in Washington. There are problems and situations introduced that kids can most definitely relate to. Bullies, child abuse, first day of school jitters, and not-so-dedicated teachers are issues that can probably be found in most schools. The aspect of living on the reservation from the perspective of a white girl who believes everyone should be treated fairly regardless of thei ...more
Pam Torres
Nov 20, 2012 Pam Torres rated it really liked it
I've only read a few middle grade memoirs but one thing that I believe is crucial is an authentic voice. Noe definitely nails it which makes this not only believable but enjoyable. Kitty's challenges are universal; great jumping off points for further discussion. I especially appreciated the layers of bullying she exposed. I think we often simplify the subject into bullies and the bullied, but reality is much mor complex than that. I highly recommend this as a great read-aloud for parents and te ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
Kitty's dad works for the government so they move frequently. This time they ended up on an Indian reservation in Oregon. Her brothers seem to be making friends quickly, but Kitty is having a hard time with it as they are some of the few white people living there. Prejudice rears it's ugly head, but Kitty is able to work through it with the help of some of the people that she meets.
An insightful look at life on a reservation in 1962. Hopefully some things have changed for the better since then.
Mar 12, 2016 Robrenn rated it really liked it
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Jan 21, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, juvenile
1960's (How can the time I was in high school be historical?? really makes me feel old) Anyway, Kitty's dad works for the forestry service and their lastest move in onto a reservation in Oregon. Kitty is one of only 2 white children in her class. AS she gets to know the Native Americans as people/friends, she begins to see the sometimes unwitting insults and racism for what they are and speaks out on behalf of her new friends.
Jun 29, 2012 Emily rated it it was amazing
What I loved about this book is how the author gives you a glimpse into live on a reservation during the 60's. Even though I live near a reservation my knowledge about native American life and customs is limited. This book would be great to share with any upper elementary and middle school child. I am sure it would bring about interesting conversations and debate about cultural bias and injustices.
Jun 20, 2012 Michelle rated it it was amazing
I loved this historical fiction tale that takes us to the Warm Springs Reservation of Oregon. Kitty's dad works for the forest service, the year is 1962, and Kitty is afraid to start school on the reservation. This is a topic untouched in children's literature and the author's background enriches the details. Kitty is an excellent narrator.
Aug 04, 2012 Nancy rated it really liked it
The main character, a white girl, moves to the Warm Springs reservation in Oregon where her father has been posted by the Forest Service and where she experiences racism and feels what it's like to be in the minority.
It would be a good read for Oregon 4th graders whose study of native people in Oregon history may leave them with the misconception that Indians don't exist in the modern world.
Rene Kirkpatrick
Jan 24, 2012 Rene Kirkpatrick rated it really liked it
Wonderful book about one of the few white kids on the Warm Springs Indian reservation in 1962. Based on her real life experiences growing up on this reservation. Great storytelling, sad look at how the native Americans in our country are so badly treated.

I'll write more about this book later in my blog: www.notesfromthebedsidetable.blogspot....
Amanda Brooke
Sep 15, 2014 Amanda Brooke rated it liked it
Shelves: elementary-reads
It started a little slow. I wish that it gave more decade-context so that it was more obvious the story took place in the '60s. I liked the author's use of native language and her experience gives the book authenticity, which is needed in children's literature regarding native cultures. The story picks up and you get sucked into the main character's thoughts and fears.
Aug 25, 2012 Janet rated it really liked it
Great story set in Oregon in 1962. Students who read this will learn a lot about making good decisions and having moral courage. It brought back memories of my summer spent in a fire tower in Northern Idaho in 1970. I enjoyed this - read it in less than a day.
Marge Keller
Dec 30, 2014 Marge Keller rated it really liked it
This was a very good book. An interesting take on relationships. It is about American Indians but it could be an culture. Ending was a little unresolved -- wanted more resolution with school and general treatment of others.
Nancy Brown
Based on the author's life, this story is about a 12 yr. old girl and her family who live on an Indian reservation in Oregon. The dad is a forest ranger. An interesting multicultural book for 4th to 6th graders. Contains material about child abuse, also a forest fire.
Oct 08, 2012 Jen rated it really liked it
The plot of this story varies a bit. It went a little slow for me until the last quarter of the book. Then, at a tempo that fits the narrative, many events unfold until the last page of Something to Hold.
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Katherine Schlick Noe taught high school English and reading in Zillah, Washington and now teaches graduate literacy courses at Seattle University for beginning and experienced teachers. She grew up on Indian reservations in Washington and Oregon where her father was a forester with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The family also lived near Washington, DC. Her debut novel, Something to Hold, is insp ...more
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