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message 1: by Lorin Robinson (new)

Lorin Robinson As the author of this book, I feel compelled to comment both on this "reviewers" initial review and his subsequent attempts to correct his completely indefensible assumption that the book was written for middle grade (MG). Clearly it was not. I would also like to point out the review is an absolute outlier. The book is running 4.8/5 stars for 16 online reviews--including his unfortunate "2" rating. Other readers clearly have liked an appreciated the book. There has not been a single other complaint about its violence--which, by the way--was necessary and NOT gratuitous. The reviewer obviously doesn't know a thing about Native American history. If he did, he would know that efforts to regain honor through revenge and retribution were hallmarks of most Native American cultures. Thus it would be impossible to tell this tale--a parable that considers the price of honor--without violence. He also failed to understand that the tale is a poignant coming-of-age story. He says he stands by his review. I stand by all the others (nine 5/5 stars on Amazon at the moment) and the Midwest Book Review that called it "a gripping tale ringing with authenticity.


message 2: by Ai (new)

Ai Miller Dr. Robinson,

Glad to see you take this out of the private messages and continue to work to undermine your single negative review. I continue to stand by my points about the portrayal of violence. I'm not sure why you feel compelled to repeatedly try to undermine it when you have so many other positive reviews to fall back on. I hope folks you are looking to give books away too give a moment to reflect on what they are gaining from reading about brutal violence done against Native children. Maybe alongside my review I should have recommended "Stealing the Pain of Others" by Sherene Razack. Talking about violence within Native communities, especially historically, needs to be done with great care, because it rests in many respects on dominant narratives about Native people, and I don't believe it needs to be done with explicit violence within a text.

Clearly we differ on these points; clearly other folks, as you've pointed out, have enjoyed your book. I did not. Good luck with your giveaway.

(PS: next time I suggest you check a person's profile before responding. My pronouns are zie/hir, not he/him.)


message 3: by Mary (new)

Mary Dr. Robinson,
I think the Goodreads author guidelines might be helpful in guiding your future choices: https://www.goodreads.com/author/guid....

I was going to add more about the various ways in which you have chosen to either ignore or dismiss Ai’s valid points without any real consideration, but I don’t see how I am going to get through to you if hir patient response doesn’t.


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