James' father runs a trading post, and they have co-existed peacefully with the local Indians for years. There are two different kinds of poems because every other one is told by a different boy. "Salt" would make a great addition to a fourth or fifth grade unit. In the fall of 1812, however, things are changing. Chloe Gong has a lot going on. I hope the children will remember how life has been." The novel is centered around to young boys James and Anikwa whose families have been helping and trading with one, I highly recommend this for library collections. This story was quite sad without being too heavy for a young reader. But there is a theme of friendship and trust in the novel which I enjoyed. I just didn't think the prose allowed the story to develop enough and was disappointed that the boys' friendship wasn't stronger -- they didn't know each other's language so spoke mostly in sign language -- it didn't seem like THAT strong a relationship. The two main characters are Anikwa (Indian) and James (American), Anikwa is very protective, in the book he tries to save a dead frog for dinner but the other character Isaac throws it into the river. Kathleen Kuiper was Senior Editor, Arts & Culture, Encyclopædia Britannica until 2016. I rated it five stars, in my opinion it is a great book. There ar. James Gray and Anikwa have grown up together--James lives with his family who run a trading post by Fort Wayne; Anikwa and his family live nearby in a small community of the Miami (Native American) nation. This is probably my favorite of Frost's books. Alexie also contributed writing on a variety of subjects to the Seattle weekly The Stranger. Sherman Alexie has had quite the eventful life which has allowed him to become the poet, novelist, performer, and filmmaker known today. On the surface, it is a story about a young friendship between an American and Indigenous boy as they navigate rising tensions in The War of 1812. Start by marking “Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Shortly thereafter, however, allegations of sexual misconduct against Alexie were made public, and he declined the award. It has received mild criticism from a native reviewer but lots of supporting reviews from other reviewers. I like this novel for its different take on the effects of war. This novel in verse is set in and around S E Indiana right before the War of 1812. Both boys have learned the cost of fear and aggression and it has changed them forever. This story is a beatiful example of friendship. A young Indian intern working the obituary desk at the Spokane Spokesman-Review confronts his own mortality. Can their families—and their friendship—survive? "Summary: Twelve-year-olds Anikwa, of the Miami village of Kekionga, and James, of the trading post outside Fort Wayne, find their friendship threatened by the rising fear and tension brought by the War of 1812." But when the British and American troops come, they destroy everything--houses, crops, woods, and local game--to keep the Indians from supporting either side. British and American armies are nearing the Fort as part of the War of 1812. I could have sworn I first saw the movie when I was living in north Idaho where the movie is set. To Anikwa and his family, members of the Miami tribe, this land has been home for centuries. Friends? This was a class assigned book and I read it so we could discuss. Poems about salt, necessary to all, are interspersed. He looks hungry." Also he gave James food when they were going to war. She was only forty-five. I picked this story because death is not the end. James's family are traders and connected to the new settles and solders who arrive in waves to stake their claims in the new frontier. [As far as I can tell, I don't think Anikwa's father's name--his biological father, who was killed when he was a young child--is ever mentioned. Reservation Blues (1995) was Alexie’s first novel. Misunderstandings do occur in the novel, and the danger is real on both sides. When I realized that I decided to read it anyway, which was probably a mistake. And Strathairn, a pretty old guy, does a wonderful job reading the part of a young guy. Get exclusive access to content from our 1768 First Edition with your subscription. Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr. (born October 7, 1966) is a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker.His writings draw on his experiences as an Indigenous American with ancestry from several tribes. He later graduated from Washington State University (B.A., 1991) and credited a poetry course he took there with helping him find his voice as a writer. Moving, beautifully written and a great read for children 8-14. the m, Salt by Helen Frost HF told in a poem. Though the procedure did not affect his ability to learn, he suffered harsh side effects, including seizures, in his childhood. I liked the dual narration. I liked the dual narration. That said, it was an interesting, well-balanced portrait of a moment in time. Salt Written and narrated by Sherman Alexie Salt. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our. I enjoyed it. Salt: A Story of Friendship in a Time of War. His stories in The Toughest Indian in the World (2000) won him the PEN/Malamud Award for excellence in short-story writing, and the story “What You Pawn I Will Redeem”—published first in The New Yorker in 2003 and later in the collection Ten Little Indians (2003)—also won prizes. As a rule I don't like novels in verse. Anikwa, a Boy that is part of a Miami tribe, and James, an American. James is more selfish, in the story he fights his friend Anikwa because he had his rabbit, this shows that James wants every thing for him self. By signing up for this email, you are agreeing to news, offers, and information from Encyclopaedia Britannica. I rated it five stars, in my opinion it is a great book. His experiences there later fueled a young-adult novel, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (2007), which won a National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Sherman Alexie, Native American writer whose poetry, short stories, and novels about the lives of American Indians won him an international following. When the soldiers and Indians have come and gone, both families have suffered immeasurable loss; yet despite their anger and sadness, the Grays walk to the Anikwa's village to give them supplies and a treasured recovered possession . Salt, by Helen Frost, is a book told in a poem format. But it came out in June 1998, which is the month I moved to Boise. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted and determine whether to revise the article. Alexie followed this in 1996 with another volume of poetry, The Summer of Black Widows, and the thriller Indian Killer. A great introduction to historical fiction for my third grader. What they never understand is that the local Indians just want to live in peace; they don't want to fight on either side. Her 2 male protagonists, 11 year olds Anikwa and James, are realistically created, and the actions are faithful to the history from 1812. James and his family consider the Miami people their friends, but one family can't successfully go up against the American army. Told in the alternating narratives of two 12 year old boys, Anikwa and James in 1812 from the heart of Indian Territory. Shortly after its publication he quit drinking. He issued a statement in which he admitted to doing things that had harmed people and apologized to those he had hurt. I either didn't know or forgot this was a story-in-poems book. This WAW possibility was all right, but I'm not sure it deserves all the praise it is getting. Salt is no different. Sherman Alexie can do no wrong in my book. These two boys can be on the best of terms: doing plenty of things side by side, learning from each other, laughing at each other, too. Told in alternating perspectives in verse, two young boys--one American, one Miami (the tribe, not the city)--find that their friendship may not be strong enough to heal the rift between their peoples.

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