Happy pub day to this little cutie! I Can Make This Promise is a gorgeous debut written with the voice of an experienced author. The story of Edie unfolds in a voice that any middle schooler can visualize and understand. This is a story about growing up and realizing that life isn’t always as perfect as it seems. It is about dynamic friends and family relations and discovering a past you never knew existed.
I Can Make This Promise begins with Edie finding a box of photos, journals, and letters. All her life Edie has known that her mother was adopted by a white family as a baby, but with this box Edie discovers her parents had lied to her all of her life. After some careful feeling out of her parents, Edie realizes that they are fully committed to keeping the past from her. And with this Edie decides to figure out the past, and maybe herself, on her own.
Now, I don’t usually read middle grade books, but as soon as I saw this book I knew it would be special. This is a poignant tale with a Native/Indigenous American voice. This group is so underrepresented in literature that I often find myself grasping for any hint of representation in books. Day pulls her own families history into this novel, which makes this story even more important as it is an own voices piece of literature. This book also covers some of history’s dark, and little known, side of Native children being taken from their families.
*I received an arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*