Cady and the Birchbark Box
By: Ann Dallman
An exciting coming-of-age story combining a mysterious journal, Great Lakes shipwrecks, and traditions of the Anishnabe. Cady Whirlwind Thunder solves another mystery with the help of her friends, Irish and John Ray Chicaug, and an ever-present blue jay.
In Cady and the Birchbark Box, Cady Whirlwind Thunder solves the mystery behind a weathered journal found inside a very old birchbark box. Why was the box buried behind a deserted garage? This is the question her friend and “crush,” John Ray Chicaug, asks her after the two of them find it. And, what meaning do the notes in the book have? Cady’s grandma and her ever-present companion, a noisy blue jay, encourage her as she puts together the pieces and ultimately restores the reputation of a deceased elder. Cady doe so while navigating through another school year, earning a place on the school’s soccer team, and continue to calm down her temper and adjust to life with a new stepmother and baby brother.
An award-winning book and an entertaining read for those of all ages.
Ann Dallman has lifelong roots in Michigan’s UP. She started out as a newspaper reporter/photographer and returned to journalism after retiring from teaching. Her first Middle Grade novel, Cady and the Bear Necklace, received a State History Award (Books/Youth) from the Historical Society of Michigan as well as a Midwest Book Award, New Mexico-Arizona Book Award, was a Next Generation Indie Book Award Finalist and a UP Notable Book. Her second book, Cady and the Birchbark Box, also received the Historical Society of Michigan State Award and is also a UP Notable Book.