Dependable, Young Adult, Indigenous, high school, theater, journalism, romance, friendship, family, racism
High school senior Louise has just broken up with her super popular boyfriend Cam. With him, she was a somebody. But Louise couldn't stand being with somebody who was prejudiced against Native Americans, especially since she is a proud member of the Muscogee tribe. When her little brother lands a lead role in The Wizard of Oz, things start to heat up for Lou and her family. A bigoted group called Parents Against Revisionist Theater is protesting Lou's Native American brother in the role of the Tin Man, as well as the casting of a black girl as Dorothy and a Latino boy as the Scarecrow. Lou wants to be able to speak up against her classmates who are similarly upset at the racially-diverse cast, but finds it difficult to win against the complex intricacies of high school and small-town politics. Lou has to learn how to effectively speak her mind, give people a chance, and understand her own prejudices and shortcomings.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Children's Book and Media Review: Vol. 39
, Article 1.
Available at: https://scholarsarchive.byu.edu/cbmr/vol39/iss10/1