by Cynthia Leitich Smith

15.95/$15.89 (Trade/Library). 140 pages. Ages 10 and up. Published by HarperCollins Children's Books. June 2001. Published in audio book format by Listening Library. June 2001.

from the jacket copy by Marisa Miller (HarperCollins):

rain back coverCassidy Rain Berghoff didn't know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his.

It's been six months since her best friend died, and up until now, Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia's Indian Camp in their mostly white Kansas community, Rain decides to face the world again—at least through the lens of a camera.

Hired by her town newspaper to photograph the campers, Rain soon finds that she has to decide how involved she wants to become in Indian Camp. Does she want to keep a professional distance from the intertribal community she belongs to? And just how willing is she to connect with the campers after her great loss?

In a voice that resonates with insights and humor, author Cynthia Leitich Smith tells of heart break, recovery, and reclaiming one's place in the world.

actress Jenna LamiaActress Jenna Lamia

Audio Book Information: from Jacob Bronstein, Random House: "Jenna Lamia will be reading RAIN IS NOT MY INDIAN NAME for Listening Library. Ms. Lamia has an impressive acting resume, including work in film, television, and theater. She was featured on Broadway in Ah! Wilderness and has appeared on television in shows including Law & Order, Oz, and Strangers With Candy."

Rain Is Not My Indian Name: Multiple Intelligence Projects by Tracie Vaughn Zimmer, for use as classroom material and internet resources. Features activities related to the following areas: Verbal/Linguistic; Logical/Mathematical; Visual/Spatial; Body/Kinesthetic; Musical/Rhythmic; Interpersonal; Intrapersonal.

Rain Is Not My Indian Name from author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Includes information on awards, reviews, more related links and teacher resources.