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I gave the book 2 stars because the story of the Fort Shaw Indian girls basketball team is fascinating, but this particular telling of it is so full of inaccuracies that I hardly know where to begin. The Shoshone are not part of the Sioux (Lakota!) nation. F.C. Campbell was only 6 yrs old when the Massacre on the Marias took place. The girl holding the ball on the cover is Belle Johnson, not Minnie. I couldn't help but roll my eyes at the cultural misrepresentations that were found throughout the book. I imagine that Shoshone, Blackfeet, and other Indian readers will be more than irritated by the distortions of their cultural and religious beliefs.
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I'm from Montana and took Montana history in school. This story may have been told in class but I don't remember hearing it before so it was fascinating to find out about the success of these amazing female athletes in a time when there was much discrimination against the native people of our country. The story was fictionalized by the author who took a very positive uplifting point of view about the adventures of the Fort Shaw Indian girls basketball team. The narrator, Anna Fields, did a nice job of giving each character in the story a unique voice. I was slightly disappointed at the end to find out that parts of the story were just fiction and never actually happened but at the same time, I think Happy Jack did a good job of imagining what might have gone on in the journey of the girls.