Books by Joseph Bruchac

KILLER OF ENEMIES by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Oct. 1, 2013

"A good bet for fans of superhero fiction and graphic novels and readers in search of superpowered female warriors. (Fantasy. 12 & up)"
This near-future dystopia starring an Apache female superhero has the soul of a graphic novel, if not the art. Read full book review >
RABBIT'S SNOW DANCE by James Bruchac
Released: Nov. 8, 2012

"Kids who are looking forward to a snow day may give Rabbit's chant a try, but hopefully, they will know when to stop. (Picture book. 3-7)"
A long-tailed rabbit who wants a nibble of the highest, tastiest leaves uses his special snow song in the summertime, despite the protests of the other animals. Read full book review >
WOLF MARK by Joseph Bruchac
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

"A solid entry into the paranormal market, with an appealingly different hero. (Paranormal thriller. 12 & up)"
A loner teen finds himself caught up in a paranormal paramilitary threat—but he has both untapped personal resources and some unlikely allies to help him out. Read full book review >
DRAGON CASTLE by Joseph Bruchac
Released: June 9, 2011

"The story recalls Lloyd Alexander at his wry, humane best; readers will be happy for every moment they spend at castle Hladka Hvorka. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
Noted Native American storyteller and author Bruchac turns to the Slovakian side of his family heritage to produce an entirely fresh and funny fantasy. Read full book review >
MY FATHER IS TALLER THAN A TREE by Joseph Bruchac
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: March 1, 2010

Rhyming couplets describe the many different ways fathers and sons enjoy each other and express their love, but unfortunately with this effort the master storyteller demonstrates that verse simply is not his métier: "Mi Papá likes to hear me sing. / He's very good at listening. // Dad knows the times I like to hide / and when to call me back inside." Read full book review >

NIGHT WINGS by Joseph Bruchac
FANTASY
Released: July 1, 2009

Bruchac's not at his best in this weak, predictable tale. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 2008

Fifteen-year-old Louis Nolette, an Abenaki Indian from Canada, enlists to fight with the Irish Brigade in the Civil War. Read full book review >

BUFFALO SONG by Joseph Bruchac
Released: March 30, 2008

The fictional story of one orphaned buffalo calf, Little Thunder Hoof, becomes the vehicle for Bruchac's tale of one extraordinary family and its commitment to saving the Buffalo People. Read full book review >

THE WAY by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

Daydreaming Cody LeBeau from the Abenaki tribe naively imagines he needs ninja moves to be a hero, confident and popular. Read full book review >

BEARWALKER by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: July 1, 2007

Thirteen-year-old Baron Braun has enough to deal with: new school, bullies, being short, a missing father and a mother in Iraq. Read full book review >

THE RETURN OF SKELETON MAN by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2006

It's been one year since seventh-grader Molly Brant rescued her parents and escaped from a tall, skeletal man posing as her great uncle. Read full book review >

JIM THORPE by Joseph Bruchac
BIOGRAPHY
Released: July 1, 2006

Jim Thorpe was a modern American Indian hero. Read full book review >

WABI by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

Bruchac, in top form here, crafts an exhilarating journey tale that not only promotes the value of listening, asking questions and telling stories, but is laced with folkloric elements, heroic deeds, romance, toothy monsters and transformations. Read full book review >

GERONIMO by Joseph Bruchac
Released: March 1, 2006

"You will remember it all," Geronimo says to his grandson at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1908. Read full book review >

WHISPER IN THE DARK by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: Aug. 1, 2005

Fourteen year-old Maddy, who is half Narragansett Indian, is still dealing with the deaths of her parents in an accident that damaged her left arm when she begins to suspect she is being stalked by a monster from tribal folklore. Read full book review >

SPORTS SHORTS by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: June 20, 2005

Eight sports short stories cover the bases, from kickball to ballet, bombardment to running. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

Sixteen-year-old Ned Begay detested life in the Navajo mission school where he was sent. Read full book review >

RACCOON’S LAST RACE by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

Azban the Raccoon is a favorite Abenaki trickster and this father-and-son storytelling pair creates a lively, clever, and authentic version of his story. Read full book review >

JIM THORPE’S BRIGHT PATH by Joseph Bruchac
Released: May 1, 2004

The creators of Crazy Horse's Vision (2000) offer another inspiring American portrait, again focusing on their subject's youth and extraordinary accomplishments. Read full book review >

HIDDEN ROOTS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

Eleven-year-old Howard's tiny New York town has 1954's post-war and Cold War concerns, but Howard's family has more complex scars. Read full book review >

TURTLE’S RACE WITH BEAVER by Joseph Bruchac
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

In the spirit of the traditional "Hare and the Tortoise," the Bruchacs retell a Seneca tale. Read full book review >

POCAHONTAS by Joseph Bruchac
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Aug. 1, 2003

Employing the same device as in his Sacajawea (2000), Bruchac breathes new life into this often-romanticized story. Read full book review >

THE WINTER PEOPLE by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

In 1759, in the midst of the global conflict between France and England, a little village in Quebec was a small arena of the larger conflict. Read full book review >

SEASONS OF THE CIRCLE by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2002

The prolific chronicler of Indian culture for children tries to distill a complicated set of cultural signals into the great circle of the seasons. Read full book review >

SKELETON MAN by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

Bruchac (The Journal of Jesse Smoke, p. 655, etc.) sets this short nail-biter, based on a Mohawk legend—about a man with an appetite so insatiable that he eats himself down to bones, then goes after his relatives—in modern New York state. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 2001

Sixteen-year-old Jesse narrates in journal form the events leading up to the forced relocation of the Cherokee Nation from its ancestral (and treaty-granted) territory to Indian Country in 1838. Read full book review >

HOW CHIPMUNK GOT HIS STRIPES by Joseph Bruchac
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: March 1, 2001

Noted storyteller Bruchac (Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, p. 1498, etc.) teams up with his son, James (Native American Games and Stories, not reviewed) to present a pourquoi tale from the East Coast Native American tradition. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

Does every child need a book on every subject in which the facts are set within a fictional frame? Read full book review >

CRAZY HORSE’S VISION by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2000

Bruchac (Sacajawea, 2000, etc.) teams up with a Lakota (Sioux) artist for an atmospheric view of the feared and revered Crazy Horse's youth. Read full book review >

SACAJAWEA by Joseph Bruchac
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2000

The Lewis and Clark expedition to explore the northwest part of the American continent probably would not have ever been completed without the help of the young Shoshone woman Sacajawea. Read full book review >

THE ARROW OVER THE DOOR by Joseph Bruchac
Released: March 1, 1998

In alternating chapters, Bruchac (Lasting Echoes, p. 1641, etc.) describes two 14-year-old boys, one a Quaker and one an Abenaki Indian, whose lives at the time of the Revolution will eventually intersect. Read full book review >

Released: Nov. 1, 1997

This scholarly history provides a starting place for learning about the impact on Native Americans of the arrival of Europeans and other settlers. Read full book review >
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Bruchac (Eagle Song, 1997, etc.) tells of his life, with great compassion for those he loved and for the little boy he was, woven with Abenaki tales from his heritage. Read full book review >

EAGLE SONG by Joseph Bruchac
Released: March 1, 1997

A rare venture into contemporary fiction for Bruchac (The Circle of Thanks, p. 1529, etc.), this disappointing tale of a young Mohawk transplanted to Brooklyn, N.Y., is overstuffed with plotlines, lectures, and cultural information. Read full book review >
THE CIRCLE OF THANKS by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

Bruchac (Children of the Longhouse, p. 685, etc.) gathers 14 traditional Native American poems of appreciation and respect for nature's gifts. Read full book review >

Released: June 1, 1996

Ohkwa'ri and his twin sister, Otsi:stia, 11, are late-15th century Mohawks living in what would become New York State. Read full book review >

BETWEEN EARTH AND SKY by Joseph Bruchac
Released: April 1, 1996

From the creators of The Earth Under Sky Bear's Feet (1995), philosophical free-verse legends about (and portraits of) places across the US and the native people who hold them sacred. Read full book review >
THE EARTH UNDER SKY BEAR'S FEET by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Oct. 17, 1995

Thirteen poems and songs gathered from as many traditions, mostly about—despite the subtitle "Native American Poems of the Land"—stars, spirits, and the sky. Read full book review >

LONG RIVER by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

"Here, the attempt is often strained, resulting in a tale more than adequately told but far from inspiring."
A veritable factory of folk tales, author of more than 60 titles, continues his pre-Columbian history of the American Northeast. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

A charming look at the time when the world was new. Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 1, 1995

Gluskabe, a cultural hero of the Western Abenaki, is busy improving the world: ensuring fresh water for humans, making big animals smaller and therefore less dangerous. Read full book review >

Released: Sept. 1, 1994

How the bat found its niche in the animal kingdom and why birds fly south in winter are explained in this Muskogee tale, one of a dozen similar stories on the topic found in Native American lore. Read full book review >
FOX SONG by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Sept. 15, 1993

A storyteller known for retellings of Native American tales depicts a child who treasures and finds comfort in the many things her Abenaki great-grandmother taught her before her recent death. Read full book review >
THE FIRST STRAWBERRIES by Joseph Bruchac
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

A gentle story of the Sun's healing of marital discord by a gift of ripe strawberries that magically grow at the feet of an angry woman as she flees her husband's harsh words, thus halting her departure long enough for him to catch up and make amends. Read full book review >
Released: Sept. 1, 1993

Sixteen stories with similar themes, gathered from various Native American traditions. Read full book review >
DAWN LAND by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 1, 1993

Bruchac's first novel—based on Native American legends, tall tales, and myths, and especially suitable as a YA—follows a young warrior on a vision quest into the unknown. Read full book review >
TURTLE MEAT AND OTHER STORIES by Joseph Bruchac
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 30, 1992

Native American eco-cosciousness expressed through retellings of legend and myth, tales of the supernatural and of revenge, celebrations of nature and wit all rooted in the often overlooked Northeastern Woodlands cultures. Read full book review >

Released: March 25, 1992

From a velvety moonlit wetland scene in "Big Moon" to the glory of a deciduous forest in the "Moon of Falling Leaves," Locker once again proves himself a gifted landscape artist. Read full book review >

Released: May 1, 1991

"Some of these stories about the likes of the hoop snake, swamp auger, and other high-country creatures are already familiar; still, this is a good additional collection, enlivened with occasional tongue-in-cheek drawings. (Folklore. 10-13)

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There's not too much exaggeration in these retold tales, collected from a backwoods region where the coffee's so strong that the spoon doesn't just stand upright, it dissolves, and winters are so cold that residents have to punch the air a few times if they want to take a deep breath—not much out of line in the account of how champion logger Bill Greenfield hauled a giant pancake griddle with the help of his blue ox Babe (not quite so small or weak as young Paul Bunyan's). Read full book review >

Released: March 1, 1976

"A lightweight addition."
Workmanlike retellings of nine tales from the Iroquois, most of them only two or three pages long. Read full book review >