This book takes place among the Uyghur people in China. Mehrigul is an endearing character and a great heroine. She works so hard to achieve her goals that it is heartbreaking when she encounters setbacks. I enjoyed the descriptions of what it felt like to make the baskets with her own hands from the frustration when something wasn't working out to the pride she felt over the finished product.
The Vine Basket by Josanne La Valley
5th - 8th
Tags: Character Driven, Contemporary Fiction, Family Life, Issues Fiction, People of Color