Inspired by debut author Christine Day’s personal family history, I Can Make This Promise (HarperCollins Publishers) is a powerful children’s book about a mixed-race Native American girl who grapples with her family’s complicated legacy — and must figure out how to understand her own.

Edie Green, a curious 12-year-old girl, has always known she’s half Native-American. She knows her mother was adopted into a white family as a baby. She also knows she has no way to connect to her Native heritage, no matter how deep her desire.

One summer day, Edie and her friends discover a box hidden in the attic–a box full of photos of a woman who looks just like her and old letters signed, “Love, Edith.” And suddenly, it seems like everything she knows about her family might be a lie.

A glorious novel about friendship, emerging identity, family secrets, and lost culture, Day’s debut, while targeted at 8 to 12-year-olds at grade levels 3 to 7, will resonate with readers of all ages.

Says Traci Sorell of Cherokee Nation, “Day’s novel brings an accessible, much-needed perspective about the very real consequences of Indigenous children being taken from their families and Native Nations. The absence of one’s tribal community, loss of culture and lack of connection to relatives have ripple effects for generations.”

I Can Make This Promise, launching a month before Native American Heritage Month in November, is available for purchase.

Christine Day (Upper Skagit) holds a master’s degree from the University of Washington, where she created a thesis on Coast Salish weaving traditions. I Can Make This Promise is her first novel. Christine lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Visit bychristineday.com.