Author Signing with Traci Sorell: A Celebration of Identity, Resilience, and Reading

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| By Thorndike Press Staff |

Attention all American Association of School Librarians (AASL) conference attendees!

On Friday, October 20, from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, we’re hosting an author-signing event with Traci Sorell, one of the talented co-authors of Indian No More. This exciting event will take place in the exhibit hall at Gale’s booth 701. Don’t miss your chance to meet Traci and get a free signed large print book.* Add this event to your calendar >

Indian No More: A Poignant Middle-Grade Novel about Identity and Resilience

This book has garnered recognition from Booklist’s Editors’ Choice and was included in 2019’s best book lists from American Indians in Children’s Literature and the Chicago Public Library. 

The story revolves around Regina Petit, a ten-year-old girl living on the Grand Ronde reservation. Regina’s world is turned upside down when the federal government declares her tribe no longer exists, despite her deep-rooted connection to her heritage. She and her family are forced to relocate to Los Angeles as part of the Indian Relocation program, where they face racism and discrimination from all sides. As Regina navigates this new and challenging world, she must learn to assert her identity and find her place in a society that often rejects her.

About the Cherokee Author, Storyteller, and Heritage Preserver

Traci Sorell is an Indigenous author with a rich Cherokee heritage and a commitment to preserving it. Her family has deep roots in the area, dating back to the removal of most Cherokee people from their southeastern homelands in 1838. Growing up, Traci heard stories about her ancestors and cherished moments spent with her elisi (eh-lee-see), her grandmother. Now, she shares these stories and her Cherokee heritage with her own son as they fish in nearby lakes and immerse themselves in the rich sounds of the Cherokee language.

Why Youth Large Print Matters

At this event, you’ll have the opportunity to get a copy of Indian No More in large print format. Thorndike Press youth large print books are designed to make reading more accessible for all students. They feature a larger 16-point serif font, expanded spacing between words, and one-third more spacing between lines. This format encourages slower reading, reduces tracking errors, and improves reading fluency.

* Add this event to your calendar >

We look forward to seeing you there and celebrating the power of reading with you!

*While supplies last; limit one per person.

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