Search Results: "James Bruchac"


BOOK REVIEW

RABBIT'S SNOW DANCE by James Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"A winner. (Picture book/folktale. 4-8)"
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 >

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

"A delicate tale, very well told. (Fiction. 7- 9)"
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

Released: May 1, 2008

"But Louis is a likable character and readers will follow him with interest, learning much along the way. (Fiction. 10 & up)"
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 >

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Released: Oct. 1, 1997

"Teenagers attempting to resolve their own family knots and tangles will find much here that is resonant, but Bruchac's triumph is in the emotional honesty and limpid strength of his working of the words. (Autobiography. 14+)"
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 >

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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 >

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WALKING TWO WORLDS by Joseph Bruchac
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 15, 2015

"Captivating and brief enough to be an easy sell for reluctant readers, this effort combines a snapshot of history with a skillful multicultural portrayal. (Historical fiction. 9-14)"
Ely, a Seneca Indian, has been sent to a boarding school to learn the ways of white people in hopes that he can become an effective representative for his people. Read full book review >

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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 >

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WABI by Joseph Bruchac
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

"Parts of this, particularly the climax, will seem familiar to fans of Michelle Paver's Wolf Brother (2005), but Bruchac gives the story a distinctive Native American cast, and readers won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. (Fantasy. 11-13)"
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 >

BOOK REVIEW

FICTION
Released: March 1, 2005

"With its multicultural themes and well-told WWII history, this will appeal to a wide audience. (author's note, bibliography) (Fiction. 10+)"
Sixteen-year-old Ned Begay detested life in the Navajo mission school where he was sent. Read full book review >

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

"Many readers may find this hard going, but it will please historical fiction fans, and is a first choice for those interested in exploring the topic. (Fiction. 10+)"
Employing the same device as in his Sacajawea (2000), Bruchac breathes new life into this often-romanticized story. Read full book review >

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BROTHERS OF THE BUFFALO by Joseph Bruchac
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Feb. 2, 2016

"Agenda trumps story in this loosely jointed account. (Historical fiction. 12-14)"
In a mix of history, fiction, letters, and folk tales from two continents, Bruchac chronicles a particularly ugly chapter in the Indian Wars. Read full book review >