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Beyond the Green

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  39 reviews
In this semi-autographical coming-of-age story set in 1979, Britta has just found out that her foster sister, Dori, is going back to live with her birth mother on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah. But Britta isn't going to give up her little sister easily.

Eleven-year-old Britta's big Mormon family took in little Dori--a member of the Ute tribe--as a baby. Now,
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published October 2nd 2018 by Charlesbridge Publishing
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[Shai] Bibliophage
The author, Sharlee Glenn, of Beyond the Green based the story from her personal experience when their family temporarily adopted, Gina, a five-month-old American Indian. As stated in the author’s note, before 1978, the government took away neglected or abused children from the Native Indians; they were cared for and even adopted by non-Indian families. This caused a lot of problems because the tradition and language were soon forgotten once they were raised by those who are not American Indians; hence ...more
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
This is a heartfelt novel with lessons to learn for young readers.

Set in 1979, Britta and her Mormon family live in Alba, along the Red Cap River by the Uinta Valley Indian Reservation. When Britta is about 8 years old, her family takes in a baby girl from an Indian mother who is unfit to keep her due to alcoholic consumption and rehab.

Britta, her siblings and the little girl are growing up together on the family farm and they become inseparable. They call themselves the ‘The Four B
Jul 22, 2018 rated it did not like it
ON JULY 24 2018, Charlesbridge announced via Tweet that they were not going to publish BEYOND THE GREEN. I did not hear directly from anyone there if they had read my letter. I was one of several people who expressed concerns about it. I am grateful for their decision. --Debbie (this note added on July 25, 2018).


My review is in the form of an Open Letter to the publisher:

Saturday, July 18, 2018

Dear Ch
Pratibha (Prats)
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
Such a heart warming story of relationships , friendships and love. I wo der why I took such lo g time to read this. Off late I feel children stories and the stories for teens / YA have more sense. It takes us back to our childhood days and then it becomes a little easy to revisit our lessons. The story here is not just about giving back a child to her biological mother but within that context , how it makes and breaks the whole structure in a family. I totally loved this writing.
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-books, netgalley
A BIG Thank You to NetGalley and Charlesbridge Publishing for providing me a copy of “Beyond the Green” by Sharlee Mullins Glenn in exchange for my review. I loved reading this book and finished it in one sitting.

“Beyond the Green” is one of those books that made me reflect and appreciate life after reading it. There are so many wonderful aspects about this novel. Firstly, the author has written this story in a very smooth yet powerful manner. The plot is on a very powerful subject o
Sep 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I got this book via NetGalley

Really racist and kinda ableist.

First of all, I know it says she had sensitivity readers on the acknowledgements. But I also know, as a latina, how it feels to want to just be accepted by white gringxs. To have your story told, one way or the other. To want to be represented at all costs. And I don't think three sensitivity readers were enough for this book AT ALL, no matter who they were.

First of all, "Indians" used to refer to na
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this book is absolutely wonderful, loving, brave, and eye opening, with beautifully painted scenes of the mountains and farms as a backdrop. Beyond the Green, by Sharlee Glenn, tells the tale of a family giving up its most prized possession, their youngest child. The story, told through the eyes of the middle child, Britta, an eleven year old Mormon girl living on a family farm in the Uintah Basin, Utah in the late 1970s, centers on the youngest child, Dori, who has been living with the fam ...more
Shaye Miller
Sep 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This 1970s-era story is based on real-life happenings and told from the perspective of a young Mormon girl named Brittania (AKA Britta) Twitchell. Britta is angry that her Native American foster sister, Dori (AKA Chipeta), is being placed back with her birth mother after living with the Twitchells for over four years. Throughout the story, Britta spouts judgmental or even racist thoughts and feelings toward her foster sister’s family of origin. But time and time again, they’re met with a strong ...more
Alex (Briennai)
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book transports readers back to the late 1970s, where Indian/Native American children whose parents were not able to care for them were simply given as foster children to white families. Even if there were viable biological grandparents or aunts and uncles for the child, the government thought that it would be better to take them off of the reservation entirely. This meant that if the parents ever became able to reclaim the child as their own, they would essentially be ripping that child fr ...more
Jan 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Britta Twitchell, a spunky 12 year old, will go to just about any lengths to keep her foster sister, Dori, from leaving their family’s farm in Utah to return to her birth mother. From hair brained attempts to run away to sobering lessons on growing up and the history that surrounds her, Britta learns that though life can’t always go according to plan, there is a lot more to it than meets the eye...and it’s not all bad.

This books engages readers in a world of strong characters, courag
There are far too many stories of white people saying indigenous children, giving them a better life.

Indigenous children do not need to be rescued.

I was worried, when I started to read this book, though the description hinted otherwise, that this book would be like that. That Britta kept devising plans to save her foster-care sister from returing to her birth mom made me worried that perhaps this wasn't the story I hoped it was.

I was pleasantly surprised.

The Book Girl
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing

In this semi-autographical book, we follow the spunky twelve year old named Britta Twitchell. She is trying to keep her foster sister Dori from leaving. They live on their family farm in Utah. The state wants to return her to her birth mother. In the book you watch them attempt to run away many times, learning valuable lessons about life and being a grown up. One of the biggest lessons they learn is that life won't always go as planned. Also, that life isn't all that bad.

This is a super engagin
Kristi Barreto
Jul 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
*Netgalley provided me an ARC in exchange for an honest review*
3.5* First off, there is not enough Native American fiction out there. I realized that after reading a synopsis for this book and was excited to read it. What I liked most about this book was the family dynamic and how they interacted with one another. There was so much love. The family has been fostering a little Native American girl, Dori since she was a baby. The mother of the child wants the girl back and it's the story of them
May 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a tender, heartbreaking story about love, loss, cultural identity, and the true definition of family. Because it's a semi-autobiographical tale, Britta's emotions feel all too real -- her loyalty to her little sister is palpable. She makes decisions that are illogical and realistically childish, even as she grows and matures throughout the novel. Overall, this is a warm, atmospheric book that is full of adventure and humor but also sorrow and pain. Mostly, though, it brims with hope, whi ...more
Ms. Arca
DNF. I started this one intrigued/ worried honestly just because of the premise, but I wanted to see how it was done and was sent an ARC copy from the publisher. I had to put it down because life happened. I either didn’t get far enough into it, or I wasn’t hooked enough to come back and finish it. When I had time to read I always wanted to read other books, so alas, this one goes in my DNF shelf for others to decide about. I’ll stay tuned.
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for my advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

This book is stunning. We get to meet Britta, the narrator, and her family who live in Utah. Britta's family fostered her sister, Dori, since she was a little baby. Britta loves Dori but now Dori's birth mom wants her back and Britta doesn't know how to cope with this. This is a story of love, of growth, and of forgiveness. Britta learns the meaning of fam
Meira (readingbooksinisrael)
*This is an ARC I received from NetGalley but all opinions are mine.*

Important addition:

First of all, some facts, I’m not Native American, nor was I ever in foster care, and this story surrounds a Native American girl in foster care.

-The horrible things that happened to Native Americans were not glossed over. There weren’t any details, but the stealing of the land and the attempts to erase their culture were mentioned outright and never tried to make excuses for them.
-The importance/>Important
Cait Hutsell
Feb 28, 2018 rated it did not like it
Edit to say...nope.
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I started out not real sure if I was going to like this book, and it took almost until the end for me to get into the story and what was going on. The book read to me like some disjointed vignettes that didn't feel completely connected seamlessly; however, about two-thirds of the way through the story connected with me more and I understood the direction the author was trying to take. The story is based on the author's youth, so it is semi-autobiographical (according to note
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Got this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for honest review. This book tells a story about family in a prairie who raised a child of the Ute tribe named Dorinda for four whole years. All of a sudden, the girl’s birth mother wants her child back to her.

This book surprised me, in a good way. Of course, when I started this book, I’m kind of expecting the Little House on the Praire vibe, all the pleasant things about making cheese et cetera. But nope, this book is not like that. It’s not r
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I finished this book I was pleasantly surprised that I really, really enjoyed it.
The story gave a soft 'Little House on the Prairie"-vibe for me because it was story narrated by a young protagonist in a setting from the past that incorporated real historical issues and drama, but told in a way that was easy to understand and flowed quite smoothly. I was even surprised when I read in the authors note that this book was based on the author's real life experience with her foster si
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Bibliophile Euphoria
This story caught me off guard in a sweet, funny kind-of-way. Though the cover states otherwise this book is filled with a lot of history lessons dealing with Indians, a little bit on WWII, and the controversy surrounding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Beyond the Green is a thrilling, touching, and humorous read that speaks of the human morality, responsibility, family, love, and not-so-subtle history lessons. It follows the journey of a little Mormon girl, Britta, who learn
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Beyond the Green by Sharlee Mullins Glenn is a story about the author’s childhood experience. In 1979 Britta has found that her foster sister, Dori, will be going back to her birth mother. Britta loves her foster sister and the story is about Britta trying to keep her sister and learning what family means.

Beyond the Green tackles a difficult subject. Dori is from an Indian Reservation and was taken from her mother to live with a white foster family because of alcohol problems. Britta learns not
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Brittany is a big sister with an even bigger problem, how will she keep her baby sister from being taken away? This charming title looks at the life of a surrogate family from the point of view of a young girl about to lose her baby sister, Dori. Dori, a Native American, was given to their care when her mother was unable to take care of her as an infant. Now she has to go back to this mother. How can Brittany and her family let her go?
This title does a nice job to briefly discussing stereo
Kirsti Call
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Britta is a headstrong, loyal and loving sister. She comes up with many harebrained schemes to keep her foster care sister from returning to her birth mother. This story touches on some very important themes. How do we define family? What does it mean to really love? What's the best way to show our love? How do we accept changes?

The characters in this story are complex and compelling. Although I found the story slow at first
Sep 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
I understand this is semi-autobiographical and respect Sharlee Glenn for sharing her family's story, but that is the only real positive I have to share.

I really wanted to DNF this very early on, but I kept going hoping it would improve only to be disappointed.
The story was not bad, but it was not told clearly. Throughout the book, I was often confused about what was going on or why and it was not until the end that it started to make sense. I also was not a fan of the narration
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this book. All opinions are my own.

Beyond the Green is just the type of book that is perfect Middle Grade fiction. A sympathetic and honest look at adoption and fostering, religion, and Native American issues all in one, this is semi autobiographical book is a much needed edition to all libraries.
Amanda Williams
Jun 25, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a bit of an odd book If I'm honest. The storyline was good but not great and it was a little confusing at times. I had to re-read a few times to keep up with what was happening.
Clare O'Beara
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book on the thorny topic of fostering and what happens when the birth mom of a baby girl wants her back. However, an agent has advised me that the publication is not going ahead. I hope the book can be published in another form. Maybe Kindle.

I downloaded a copy through Net Galley and Fresh Fiction. This is an unbiased review.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I want to start by saying that this is a rather quick read, it took me two days but only because I had to work in between reading. In the story we meet the family of the Twitchell's who foster a little baby girl to then have the birth mother ask for her back. I found this story to be so cute, it is based on a true life events, and it gives me all the feels. As a young little girl, Britta loves her little sister Dori and the thought of losing her has her doing little crazy things here and there, ...more
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