I Can Make This Promise

Edie is twelve and curious. Her mom is Native, and her dad is white. While she knows quite a bit about her dad's ancestors, the only information she knows about her mom's family is that she was adopted from an orphanage. Edie really wants to know where she comes from, but the adults in her life avoid her questions. When she finds an old photo in the attic of someone who looks exactly like her, Edie is determined to learn more — even if the truth is painful. This novel tells a bittersweet story that shines a light on some challenging elements of Pacific Northwest history. 

288 pages. ©2020.
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Reader Reviews for this Book

jackharden6

Review posted August 15, 2022

5

I loved this book! Great, nuanced story.

rileyrstratton

Review posted August 2, 2022

4

Heartwarming, heartfelt, charming and worth the cute read.

Paula Jenssen

Review posted July 24, 2022

5

A thought provoking good read

Penny McDermott

Review posted July 13, 2022

5

This book is amazing. It is an empathetic approach to looking at 'hard histories' with young students. Edie's parents keep a painful past from her to protect her. I look forward to sharing this book with my students and their families.

Mandygdavies

Review posted July 5, 2022

3

This was a touching book though did not have much depth.

MrJjSparks

Review posted May 15, 2022

4

Christine Day's I Can Make this Promise, is nice piece of fiction about family, native peoples, adoption, and friendship from the point of view of a likable 12 year old girl. It is set in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle in particular. There are many lessons and truths that Edie, the main character, learns that we can empathize with. The story doesn't have a lot of tension except for the mystery of her grandmother. Overall, a good read.

karla.macy

Review posted May 10, 2022

5

Amazing story!

ashleyjohnsonbend

Review posted May 3, 2022

5

Great content, Great conversation starter, Great and meaningful for all ages.

gherrarte20

Review posted April 24, 2022

5

My daughter and I loved reading this book together.

ccthjohnston

Review posted April 23, 2022

5

This is a beautiful heartfelt book about a young girl's search to understand and connect with her past, her culture, and her family.

stokesfolks

Review posted April 20, 2022

5

I enjoyed learning about Native American history. The story was nice. It made me a little sad because I had a similar experience, losing a "best" friend when she started hanging out with the mean girls.

Firechild94

Review posted April 11, 2022

5

This book is such a good book. It's very well written.

kyramo

Review posted March 25, 2022

4

Good premise, well written, enjoyed even though for young population.