Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
Chenoo: A Novel by Abenaki storyteller and author breaks new ground for this award-winning author in the fictional world of private detectives. Jacob Neptune, a wise-cracking, two-fisted Penacook private investigator with a checkered past, agrees to help protect his cousin Dennis and other Penacooks in a community on Abenaki Island by staging a takeover of a state campground and land that should have reverted to their Nation, but encroaching developers, government operators and even fellow Penacooks eager to build a casino each pose a threat to the island.
The Long Run by award-winning Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is the most recent release by 7th Generations Books in the PathFinders Series. This series is ideal for reluctant readers interested in realistic and action-filled, linear plots written by Native American and First Nation authors. This young adult fictional account a seventeen year old Passamaquoddy youth who runs away from the Seattle homeless shelter back to his elderly grandparents in Maine.
My Father is Taller Than a Tree is a celebratory children's picture book by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. Together with illustrator Wendy Anderson Halperin, the pair creates a charming book for early readers or for library read aloud sessions about the close relationship between fathers and sons across cultures. The book features thirteen pairs of father and son examples. A father is shown helping his son ride a bike, another shows a winter scene with papa pulling his boy on a sled, and one shows a father reading to his son before bedtime.
In Brothers of the Buffalo by Abenaki storyteller and internationally acclaimed writer, Joseph Bruchac, explores the battles of the Red River War from the perspective of both a former Black slave turned U.S. cavalryman and a Cheyenne warrior. In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Nations of the southern plains to reservations and this young adult novel chronicles the brief and brutal war that followed. Told from the viewpoint of two youths from opposite sides of the fight, Brothers of the Buffalo portrays the events surrounding this conflict in the American west.
Walking Two Worlds by well-known Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac is part of the exciting PathFinders hi-lo novels. These books have First Nation and Native American authors, are written at a 2.5 to 4.5 reading level, and all have plots that are age-appropriate for tweens and teens. The novels feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary, and contemporary as well as historical topics. The main characters are First Nation and Native American teens and the stories always connect to traditional teachings. The Reading Level is 2.5. The Interest Level is ages 12 to 16.
Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones, people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human, and there was everyone else who served them. Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones’ pets, genetically engineered monsters, turned on them and are now loose on the world. Lozen was not one of the lucky ones pre-C, but fate has given her a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities.
The Way is Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young-adult novel featuring an Abenaki youth dealing with teasing and bullying. In this story Cody is just beginning his high school career and deals with bullies through his imagination and trying to remain invisible to those who target weak students. Cody has a tendency to stutter and this makes him more self-conscience. In his imagination Cody is a super ninja hero who saves the students around him and is praised at his funeral. But on the day-to-day school front, Cody and other students have to try not to be the victims.
Rabbit’s Snow Dance: A Traditional Iroquois Story is a 32-page picture book that explains why rabbits have powder puff tails and how pussy willows came to be. Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac cooperate to write this humourous story. They retell this Haudenosaunee legend about Rabbit’s impatience and longing for snow even in the summertime. Rabbit has a long and fluffy tail and he enjoys the tasty leaves on top of willow trees. Rabbit takes his drum and sings a song about the coming of snow. He carries on so much the other animals become annoyed but Rabbit continues.
Iroquois Stories CD by Joseph Bruchac contains six Iroquois stories including Creation (2:38), How Buzzard Got His Feathers (6:48), Turtle's Race with Bear (4:18), Raccoon and Crayfish (5:53), The Wife of Thunderer (15:42), and The Brave Woman and the Flying Head (6:22). All legends are recounted by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac in a clear and moving voice. The CD begins with Bruchac introducing the stories with background information about the Iroquois and their culture. He recounts how stories would have been told by an elderly man or woman in times past.