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For Immediate Release: November 29, 2011
Contact: Elizabeth Greene, Division of Diabetes Translation
(770) 488-8196

New Eagle Books Youth Novel Release


New Eagle Books Youth Novel Release; "Coyote and the Turtle’s Dream"


Available for ordering starting today, November 29, 2011


Free copies may be ordered by clicking here: or by calling 1-800-CDC-INFO. Up to 50 copies are available free to organizations that work with youth, such as schools, faith-based programs, youth clubs, or camps.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Diabetes Translation (DDT) is pleased to announce the availability of an entertaining new novel that engages tweens aged 10-13 in learning how a healthy lifestyle can help prevent type 2 diabetes.

Coyote and the Turtle’s Dream, the first in a series of three books primarily for middle schoolers in American Indian and Alaska Native communities, builds on storytelling traditions honored in the original Eagle Books series for younger children.  Animal and human characters return from the original series with an expanded list of characters that includes family members, teachers, store owners, other residents of a small reservation town—and an elderly box turtle. Building on the dialogue about preventing type 2 diabetes promoted in the original books, Coyote and the Turtle’s Dream introduces the character of Arianna, a young girl living with type 1 diabetes. The animals lead the children into a mystery/adventure, embedded with messages about healthy eating and physical activity, in which they foil the plans of a fossil poacher on their reservation. Native youth and tribal leaders reviewed the book prior to publication and their comments are featured on the book cover and inside pages. 

Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common in communities everywhere, including American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Native Americans aged 10 to 19 are developing type 2 diabetes at higher rates than youth in other racial and ethnic groups of this age. In part because type 2 diabetes is often associated with being overweight or obese, many tribal communities are dedicated to engaging youth and families to reclaim traditional ways of health such as being physically active and eating healthy local foods.

CDC works to prevent type 2 diabetes through education and community outreach, supporting culturally relevant initiatives such those of the DDT Native Diabetes Wellness Program.

Cover art from the book is available in jpeg format by calling the number above.


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