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My Name is Not Easy by Debby Dahl Edwardson
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Jun 13, 2012

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bookshelves: 2012, historical-fiction, young-adult
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3.5 stars

Luke, Bunna, and Isaac are Alaskan Eskimo brothers living above the Arctic circle. In order to continue their education, their mom sends them to a Catholic boarding school hundreds of miles away from their village. As the oldest, Luke is told to look out for his younger brothers in their strange new environment where there are whites, Indians, Eskimoes, strange foods, and English is the only language allowed.

Based very much on true accounts of those who were sent to these Alaskan boarding schools. The characters quickly come to life on the pages and realistically split over some issues but are drawn together to take a stand on others. For me, it was a fascinating look at the Cold War and how living so close to Russia affected people's lives and thinking.

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