Having a dog who has earned the name Dumpster is embarrassing. Ever since Erika's best friend, Lisa, moved away, Erika has been miserable at school because Kyla, a girl in her class, is an expert tease and Erika is her target. When a new girl with an unusual name joins the grade six class, Erika is surprised to find that she wants to be friends with both Kyla and Erika. Erika is certain that her days of having a friend are numbered, and she is determined to make the friendship last as long as possible. To do that, she believes, she must not let Mercedes learn about all her dogs. But before she is done, Mercedes will surprise her--and Erika will surprise herself.
More than 130 full-color photographs adorn this handsome re-creation of daily life in a Plains Indian village in 1868. Readers will meet Real Bird and his family, part of a Northern Cheyenne tribe in southeastern Montana. Each member has an important role: Men prepare to become warriors and hunters, while women learn to raise crops and build a home -- a tipi -- from poles and buffalo hides. The clothes the family wears, from elaborate ceremonial headdresses to colorful beaded moccasins; the foods they eat; the games they play; the crafts and jewelry they make; and the spiritual rituals they perform are among the many topics included. This large-format book, with clear text and informative sidebars, provides a detailed pictorial account of the Plains Indian life more than a century ago.