Nomination: Soldier Sister, Fly Home

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Flood, Nancy Bo. Soldier Sister, Fly Home. Illus. by Shonto Begay. 176p. Charlesbridge, $16.95 (978-1580897020). Gr. 5-7.

Tess is a 14-year-old girl, part white and part Navajo. Tess struggles with her heritage and sense of identity. She looks to her older sister, Gaby, as a strong role model and is deeply shaken when Gaby announces she has enlisted and has been deployed overseas. Tess is left to care for Gaby’s stallion, Blue, who teaches Tess how to deal with loss.

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