Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America; in Morning Girl's last narrative, she witnesses the arrival of the first Europeans to her world.Tells the story of Morning Girl and her brother, Star Boy, two Native Americans of the Taino tribe, their family, and their community, as they grow up together in the Bahamas in the fateful year of 1492
In alternating chapters, a 12-year-old Taino Indian named Morning Girl and her young brother, Star Boy, tell of their lives on an island in the Bahamas in 1492. Both Morning Girl and Star Boy describe life in their family and community, their lyrical commentary informing readers about the Taino culture. However, the siblings also face such difficulties as a destructive storm and their mother's miscarriage. The story concludes with Morning Girl innocently welcoming a group of oddly dressed visitors--who turn out to be explorer Christopher Columbus and his crew. The book's afterward features excerpts from Columbus's own diary that provide further insight into how his arrival forever changed the lives of the Taino people. MORNING GIRL is the winner of the Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Juvenile Fiction
- Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Girls + Women, Readers / Intermediate
- 9-12 years
- May 1, 1999
- May 1, 1999
- Michael Dorris