Karen Gravelle

Selected Works

About as user-friendly as a book can get. A definite keeper. Chinaberry
An excellent book, with lots of great cartoon artwork. Booklist
An outstanding, common-sense guide [that is] also humorous and appealing. School Library Journal
The stylish, lighthearted text and whimsical illustrations will appeal readily to teens. VOYA
We need more contemporary books like this. Booklist
Will help bring out the animal lover in any reader. Booklist
A dramatic, eye-opening portrayal. Booklist
A source of comfort that gives shape to the devastation of personal loss. Booklist
An important, heartfelt, honest book. Booklist

SOARING SPIRITS: Conversations with Native American Teens

In one of the few YA books about growing up Native American today, teenagers from the Mohawk, Anishnabe, Quinault, Cherokee, and Pueblo peoples speak about themselves. Gravelle interviewed and photographed 17 young people on Indian reservations across the country. They speak candidly in many voices about family, school, community, dating, religion, sports, work, etc. One thing they all hate is the enduring Hollywood stereotype that shows them as all the same and all in the past. Many are honor students, and their voices are upbeat, though almost all tell of some family and friends with drug and alcohol problems. Teens everywhere will recognize the conflict in living between two cultures: the struggle to stay close to your roots but also be part of the mainstream. We need more contemporary books like this to go with the historical fiction and the shelves of great folklore.