by Jan Hudson


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Can the whole tribe depend on her? Award-winning author Jan Hudson tells the enchanting story of a young Blackfoot girl caught up in the sweep of Western Canadian history.
Being the oldest unmarried girl in her Blackfoot tribe is misery for fifteen-year-old Sweetgrass, but her father feels she’s not ready for the hard work and responsibility that come with being an Indian wife. Then, during the cold prairie winter, a smallpox epidemic breaks out. With the men away at war, Sweetgrass is one of the few women left to fight for the survival of her tribe. This is her chance to prove her maturity, but is she strong enough to fight the cold, hunger, and disease?

“In a colorful, lyrical style evoking all the sense, Sweetgrass tells, with strength and tenderness, a dramatic story.”—Kirkus Reviews (pointer review)
An ALA Notable Book, Booklist Editors’ Choice, and winner of the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698117631
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 03/28/1999
Series: Paperstar Book Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,164,226
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.71(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jan Hudson, a Canadian author of historical fiction, wrote two novels, Sweetgrass and Dawn Rider, both of which exemplify her interest in "social anthropology—the little things that make up most people's lives," as she stated in a 1989 Publishers Weekly interview with Bella Stander. She conveyed these details by using the history of the Blackfoot Nation as her background. Hudson's hope, more specifically, was to write about the lives of Canadian Indian women of the past who, in her opinion, had been ignored.

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Sweetgrass 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
t1bnotown on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book- I don't see myself reading it again, so I'm swapping it, but still. Even though Sweetgrass talks of nothing but marriage, the story is engaging. I loved watching her life through times of plenty and the hardship of smallpox. Admittedly I paid less attention to her constant desire to marry Eagle-Sun than to all that she did day to day, which was fascinating enough for me.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
i had to read sweetgrass as a class novel and it was okay but im not a real fan of native americans. i reccommend this book to girls more than boys because its really about a girl' s life and love. i think they should have made the ending alittle longer but otherwise it was okay.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have always loved books having to do with native americans. the plot in this book was good, and it was interesting, but if your looking for a challenging read this is not ur book. the book was easy to read and i feel is geared more towards preteens rather than teens.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Jan Hudson did a beyond excellent job writing this book. while reading it, you actually fall in love with Sweetgrass's boyfriend, if you're a girl, that is. I would only change the way the main plot of the book happened in the last 30 pages. i would definitely recommend this book to seventh-grade girls.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that this book is very good because she is the oldest unmarried in her blackfoot tribe and its all because the father is just trying to make things best for her and i like it beacuse it reminds me of how people act thes days
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It tells the reader what life was like for the Indians. It lets you know how hard it was. I loved this book and I recommend it for any age all though, if you enjoy romance you would also love it!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is beautifully written. I recommend it to any middle school girl.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought the book was good. It had a lot of sub-plots that made it interesting, but I think they should have stayed on the main plot more. I also felt they could have done better on the ending.