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Book One of a new Hi-Lo series: Sydney's Journey: Sydney never thought she would be the new girl at school, but when she moves to Minneapolis, everything changes. At her old school on the reservation, almost all the kids were Native, and she was known as a tough bully. Now, at her new school, which has only a few Native kids, she wonders if she will fit in. On the first day of school, it doesn't take Sidney long to realize she stands out like a sore thumb. After accidentally bumping into a classmate in the hall, the bullying begins, and it's aimed right at Sydney. Although Sydney was used to being the bully at her old school, the tables have turned, and she is now on the other side. A chance encounter with a boy in the lunchroom turns into a close friendship. Her new friend Finn, who is gay, is also the target of bullies. Sydney begins to feel ashamed of her past behavior. Before she can begin the journey to self-forgiveness, Sydney realizes that she must make amends with the girl she had bullied at her old school.
Kim Sigafus is an award-winning Ojibwa writer and photographer whose family is from the White Earth Indian Reservation in northwest Minnesota. She is also the author of three Path Finders novels (Nowhere to Hide, Autumn's Dawn, Finding Grace) and the coauthor of two Native Trailblazer series, Native Writers and Native Elders Sharing Their Wisdom.