A Navajo Girl Grows Up

From the Series We Are Still Here: Native Americans Today

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Thirteen-year-old Celinda McKelvey is getting ready for her Kinaalda, a coming-of-age ceremony for Navajo girls. When Celinda finishes this ceremony, she will be a woman. As she tests her strength and endurance and works side by side with her family, Celinda will learn what it means to be a Navajo woman.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Social Studies
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 1993
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 1993-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 4.6
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF018040, JNF052020, JNF007050
Dewey 392'.14
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 9.25 x 8.125
Lexile 810
Guided Reading Level T
ATOS Reading Level 5.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 11023
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary words bolded within text, Index, Photo glossary, and Reviewed

Author, Photographer: Monty Roessel


  • ILA Teacher's Choices, Winner, 1993
  • NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People, Winner, 1993


Kirkus Reviews

“In glowing color photos, the reservation’s natural beauty is represented. . .”
Kirkus Reviews

MultiCultural Review

“Roessel’s photos are gorgeous, especially the ones of the land, and the cover photo is exquisite.”
MultiCultural Review

The Horn Book Magazine

“. . .the text is spare but clear, with sufficient detail to inform general readers; the photographs are crisp and well composed.”
The Horn Book Magazine