Where I Belong

  • Pages:148
  • Publisher:Tradewind Books
  • Themes:identity, family, Native Canadian, Oka crisis, Mohawk nation
  • Available:02/15/2015
  • Age Groups:Fiction Ages 12+
This moving novel of self-discovery and awareness takes place during the Oka crisis in the summer of 1990. Adopted as an infant, Carrie has always felt out of place somehow. Recurring dreams haunt her, warning that someone close to her will be badly hurt. When she finds out that her birth father is Mohawk, living in Kahnawake, Quebec, she makes the journey and finally achieves a sense of home and belonging.
"A gorgeous, sorrowful and yet hopeful novel...Written mindfully and delicately in the voice of an early master, Tara White’s second book is both a coming-of-age story and a story that desperately needs to be told. Combining a teenage, punk-rock need for acknowledgment and a nationwide need for attention, Where I Belong is a book that feels urgent and human."
– The Globe and Mail
"White shares traditions and teachings without glamorizing Native culture. Ultimately, Carrie must learn to exist in both worlds...A welcome addition to any library, featuring a strong Native protagonist to whom most teens will easily relate."
– School Library Journal
"White has created a convincing portrayal of a girl caught between two worlds struggling with identity. Carrie is a likeable character whom readers will be able to relate to on various levels. Her telling of the Oka Crisis in Quebec creates a wonderful learning opportunity for readers involving real-life events and issues...This is a story that needed to be told."
"A worthwhile acquisition for middle school and high school libraries, especially those looking to add fiction with a Native perspective to their collections."
– CM Magazine
First Nations Community Reads   | 2015  |  Commended