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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (July 31 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807204293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807204290
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 11.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 95 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,321,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven R. McEvoy HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on Dec 18 2010
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
With the reading of this book I have now read all of Cynthia Leitich Smith's books in the last few months. All eight of the books are great in different ways, but this one has a depth that even the most casual of readers will find himself touched by the emotions portrayed in the story. Cassidy Rain Berghoff is learning to deal with loss - first the loss of her mother, and now the loss of her best friend. She barely leaves her home. But six months after the death of her best friend, things start to change. First her aunt Georgina is running an Indian Camp, and both her aunt and older brother want her to attend. But that is too much of a commitment for Rain. But she does take the job of capturing the camp on film for the local newspaper.

The story deals with such subjects as grief, death, and recovery; and it is a coming of age story through the process of loss. Rain must learn to find her voice again, either through her pictures or through the journal her aunt gave her and the campers to chronicle their experiences at camp. It is an amazing story and one I know I will read again and again, for myself and to my daughters.
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Format: Hardcover
Even with the happy ending, this book was still too depressing for me. Was an interesting look at race relations, though.
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Format: Hardcover
Before I began this book I came onto amazon.com to see what other people thought of this, along with the reviews and summaries I was expecting something absolutely GREAT!!! Well, it wasn't as good as I thought. The author had so many chances to make it good, it just never had potential. I will admit it was a 4-star book, until I got to the ending. I got so confused at the ending. I had absolutely no clue! Since I live in OK I loved how it mentioned city names and places I am very familiar. I would suggest this book to someone who might like it, but just don't expect a whole lot out of it. Happy Reading!
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Format: Hardcover
Cynthia Leitich Smith's Rain is Not My Indian Name is a refreshing, respectful examination of the issues that contemporary teens face. Smith gives such authentic voice to the heroine, Rain, that the character becomes real to this reader. The book courageously takes on real and complex issues that many teenagers face today, including death and single-parent households. Although there is enough action within it's pages to keep any teen interested, this is truly a book about individual characters. Smith captures the essence of her main character, Rain, by giving the reader a glimpse into her American Indian heritage. What is most impressive about Rain's character development is her proud heritage comes through, but does not solely define her. Smith has accomplished what few writers have. She develops her heroine's culture but not at the expense of her universal appeal to all teens, regardless of ethnicity. Rain illustrates the differences that make us special but also the similarities that unite us. I highly recommend this book for teens and parents alike for a thoughtful view of young middle-America. My only regret is that this type of book was not being written when I came of age.
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By "adriab" on April 15 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read this book almost a year ago, but it still lingers with me. I think the main reason is Cassidy Rain Berghoff, the fourteen-year-old title character. After losing her best friend, Galen, in a tragic way, Cassidy shuts out the world. Months pass before she grows to realize that she has to get in touch with the world again, even if it's through a job. I was really impressed by Cassidy's bravery and strength. The author did a great job making this character REAL. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Cassidy. The author made me care about her - about what would happen to her.
The book doesn't make it easy for Cassidy to work things out. For example, while working as a photographer in an Indian camp run by her Aunt Georgia, Cassidy finds herself torn between getting involved in an emotional issue and staying professional and objective. Kids are faced with hard decisions all the time, so I found it very easy to relate to Cassidy and what she goes through.
I recommend RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME to anyone who loves a good story and good characters. This book has both!
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book almost a year ago, but it still lingers with me. I think the main reason is Cassidy Rain Berghoff, the fourteen-year-old title character. After losing her best friend, Galen, in a tragic way, Cassidy shuts out the world. Months pass before she grows to realize that she has to get in touch with the world again, even if it's through a job. I was really impressed by Cassidy's bravery and strength. The author did a great job making this character REAL. By the end of the book, I felt like I knew Cassidy. The author made me care about her - about what would happen to her.
I recommend RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME to anyone who loves a good story and good characters. This book has both!
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By A Customer on April 7 2002
Format: Hardcover
The reviewer who is a freelance writer seems intent on bashing this book. Not liking a book is one thing, calling an author names is another. RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME is certainly not for every reader. The book is about an Indian and follows the Native American non-linear process throughout the book. Think of the metaphor of the dream catcher--short pieces of thread connecting to another thread finally forming a complex weave that is strong. And there's the book. Sure there are disconnected (for a while)actions, thoughts, etc. Characters enter and leave. But each thing forms a part of the whole.
The prose in this book is lyrical, the characters engaging and book well thought out. The reader has to do a little work too. In my book, that's a good thing.
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