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Arilla Sun Down
Virginia Hamilton
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Arilla Sun Down

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  7 reviews
272 pp. Pub: 10/95. *****Twelve-year-old Arilla Adams has walked in her brother Jack's shadow for as long as she can remember. He knows who he is. Arilla understands that she is Aerind (part African American, part Native American), but she cannot identify with just one race like Jack, who identifies with being Native American. Only after saving her brother's life, can she ...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published by Greenwillow Books (first published February 1st 1979)
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Ben Langhinrichs
Feb 26, 2015 Ben Langhinrichs rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th and 6th graders
Arilla Sun Down
Author: Virginia Hamilton
Publisher: Open Road Media Teen & Tween (November 11, 2014)
Digital review copy courtesy of publisher via NetGalley

Twelve year old Arilla is part Native American and part African American, struggling to find her place in the world and pulled in various directions by her older brother, her parents and her friends. An early theme is how she has to sneak out to be herself, whether to sled or skate or simply to find time to herself. Eventually though, a cri
I was really looking forward to reading this book and then share it with my 10 year old daughter however I found it hard to read. First, it was hard to read about Arilla's brother's cruelty. I have read numerous books about trauma, mistreatment, abuse etc. but this felt excruciating. I also had a hard time following the structure and it seemed really choppy. My daughter is an excellent reader, again often with tough themes, but I cannot imagine that she would read this book. It also seemed writt ...more
Arilla is bi-racial. I hoped this would be a book that would break barriers or help some students to have a character to identify with. Instead, Hamilton has written a book that is hard to follow. I would expect that only really good readers in 4th/5th grades could even come close to enjoying it, but the book itself seems more for older students.
Christina Vinchattle
I am not finished with this book yet. It was a little hard to follow, but half way through I started to enjoy it. It was about Native Americans, which was cool. Its about Arilla finding herself since her brother was always the perfect child.
Tuan-Anh Nguyen
This was assigned as a summer reading book in 4th grade. I was somehow the only one to have read the book all the way through including the teacher who said it was a terrible book.
Read with my 7/8th grade literature circle. It was hard for me to get into and I wasn't really into it until the last three chapters or so.
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