A collection of familiar faces and nostalgic voices representing Native contributions to film.



Each chapter in this collective biography is a self-contained profile that sparks interest in Native people working in the entertainment industry.

Readers will explore Native American, First Nation, and Indigenous actors, filmmakers, and more from the United States and Canada. Each minibiography describes the individual’s early childhood and professional career and closes with a selected filmography. Direct quotes from the subjects help enliven their stories. Readers will encounter personal anecdotes, like Indigenous Mexican American cinematographer Gilbert Salas’ memory of watching a movie with his mother when his grandmother thought they were at church. Actor Tantoo Cardinal (Métis, Cree, Dene, and Nakota), who has appeared in more than 120 productions, talks about using her acting to tell “the truth of our Indigenous history, because so many lies had been told about us.” The book also looks at television shows and commercials, such as the “Grandma Running” New Balance commercial created by Christopher Nataanii Cegielski (Diné), inspired by elderly women he had observed dancing at powwows in athletic shoes. The wide range of roles covered informs readers about the industry and Native creatives’ work both in front of and behind the camera. This slim volume is a jumping-off point for those wishing to learn more, and it includes a list of resources pointing readers to additional information about the film industry and Native cinema-related organizations and events.

A collection of familiar faces and nostalgic voices representing Native contributions to film. (glossary, bibliography, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 12-18)

Pub Date: April 28, 2021

ISBN: 978-1-99053-31-2

Page Count: 136

Publisher: 7th Generation

Review Posted Online: Feb. 5, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 2021

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Best enjoyed by preexisting fans of the author.


From the Pocket Change Collective series

Deaf, trans artist Man meditates on his journey and identity in this brief memoir.

Growing up in conservative central Pennsylvania was tough for the 21-year-old Deaf, genderqueer, pansexual, and biracial (Chinese/White Jewish) author. He describes his gender and sexual identity, his experiences of racism and ableism, and his desire to use his visibility as a YouTube personality, model, and actor to help other young people like him. He is open and vulnerable throughout, even choosing to reveal his birth name. Man shares his experiences of becoming deaf as a small child and at times feeling ostracized from the Deaf community but not how he arrived at his current Deaf identity. His description of his gender-identity development occasionally slips into a well-worn pink-and-blue binary. The text is accompanied and transcended by the author’s own intriguing, expressionistic line drawings. However, Man ultimately falls short of truly insightful reflection or analysis, offering a mostly surface-level account of his life that will likely not be compelling to readers who are not already fans. While his visibility and success as someone whose life represents multiple marginalized identities are valuable in themselves, this heartfelt personal chronicle would have benefited from deeper introspection.

Best enjoyed by preexisting fans of the author. (Memoir. 12-18)

Pub Date: June 1, 2021

ISBN: 978-0-593-22348-2

Page Count: 64

Publisher: Penguin Workshop

Review Posted Online: March 25, 2021

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15, 2021

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Like many grammar books, this starts with parts of speech and goes on to sentence structure, punctuation, usage and style....


As she does in previous volumes—Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (2008) and The Grammar Devotional (2009)—Fogarty affects an earnest and upbeat tone to dissuade those who think a grammar book has to be “annoying, boring, and confusing” and takes on the role of “grammar guide, intent on demystifying grammar.”

Like many grammar books, this starts with parts of speech and goes on to sentence structure, punctuation, usage and style. Fogarty works hard to find amusing, even cheeky examples to illustrate the many faux pas she discusses: "Squiggly presumed that Grammar Girl would flinch when she saw the word misspelled as alot." Young readers may well look beyond the cheery tone and friendly cover, though, and find a 300+-page text that looks suspiciously schoolish and isn't really that different from the grammar texts they have known for years (and from which they have still not learned a lot of grammar). As William Strunk said in his introduction to the first edition of the little The Elements of Style, the most useful grammar guide concentrates attention “on a few essentials, the rules of usage and principles of composition most commonly violated.” After that, “Students profit most by individual instruction based on the problems of their own work.” By being exhaustive, Fogarty may well have created just the kind of volume she hoped to avoid.

Pub Date: July 5, 2011

ISBN: 978-0-8050-8943-1

Page Count: 304

Publisher: Henry Holt

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: June 1, 2011

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