Publisher description for Sweetgrass basket / by Marlene Carvell.

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In prose poetry and alternating voices, Marlene Carvell weaves a heartbreakingly beautiful story based on the real-life experiences of Native American children. Mattie and Sarah are two Mohawk sisters who are sent to an off-reservation school after the death of their mother. Subject to intimidation and corporal punishment, with little hope of contact with their father, the girls are taught menial tasks to prepare them for life as domestics. How Mattie and Sarah protect their culture, memories of their family life, and their love for each other makes for a powerful, unforgettable historical novel.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Mohawk Indians -- Juvenile fiction.
Sisters -- Juvenile fiction.
United States Indian School (Carlisle, Pa.) -- Fiction.
Sisters -- Fiction.
Identity -- Fiction.
Mohawk Indians -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- New York (State) -- Fiction.
Boarding schools -- Fiction.
Schools -- Fiction.
Pennsylvania -- History -- 1865- -- Fiction.