Review Beyond the Green by Sharlee Glenn – In this semi-autographical coming-of-age story set in 1979, Britta has just found out that her foster sister, Dori, is going back to live with her birth mother on the Uintah-Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah. But Britta isn’t going to give up her little sister easily.
Eleven-year-old Britta’s big Mormon family took in little Dori–a member of the Ute tribe–as a baby. Now, four years later, Dori’s birth mother, Irene, is ready to take Dori back. Blunt and feisty, Britta is filled with anger. How can Irene claim Dori when she’s been gone all this time? Britta will stop at nothing to keep her sister, even if it means running away or failing to see beyond her prejudices.
I am interested in reading this teen story from his description. Really the description is very touching. And in the end I admit that this story is full of sensitive issues. The author also has a truly real experience. It was all that made me have to look for what notes from the author, preface and various other notes from this story.
The story took place in 1978, when the Law on the care of American Indian children was established. Then the position of the white race felt to be the strongest. They know what to do with these children. They treat and nurture in their own way. It all hurts because it doesn’t match where the children come from.
A young girl named Britta Twitchell who had an Native American sister from the US-Ouray Indian Reservation in Utah, who was later named Dorinda. Then they call Dorinda to be Dori. Really Dori actually has the original name, Chipeta, which is actually more beautiful than Dori.
Dori has a troubled mother (Irene Uncarow), lives with alcohol. But now it has changed and her mother has recovered and looks better. Because of that her mother wanted Dori to return to her arms.
Britta, who from the beginning was made the main character in the story, became the first person to reject all these ideas. She did not want her sister to be taken again and she thought Dori’s mother was not at all fit to do that. Then what happened was very surprising. Britta kidnaps Dori, they run away and begin to plan for Irene. The story was really made so that Irena could not take her biological child again. I feel funny and also a little amazed by Britta. She was only a very young child, not knowing too much and surprisingly Britta grew up with plans that seemed mature.
Overall this book is indeed impressive. This is filled with true stories, touching characters, complex problems and of course with alcohol and race conflicts. In another part of the storyline, readers are always surprised by Britta’s plans.
The few things that make me feel heavy with this book are issues of religion and race. Then in some parts feminism issues also emerged which were more shocking. But if you look more deeply, I actually fall in love with the story of this novel.
The issues and sensitive issues in this novel are also good for young children’s lessons. And problems will essentially open our minds. I really recommend this reading for middle-aged children as well as adults. Thanks to Charlesbridge, Sharlee Glenn, and of course NetGalley.