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.
Squanto's Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving offers elementary school readers a new explanation of the so-called first Thanksgiving celebrated in the United States. The story is told as a picture book memoir of the Patuxet man called Squanto. He explains his personal story within the history of early Indian-white contact along the eastern seaboard of America. Squanto explains his early years and how as a young man he was captured along with others and taken to Spain to be sold as slaves.
Whisper in the Dark is Joseph Bruchac's recent children's novel that combines traditional Native American stories into a contemporary situation to achieve a scary, fast-paced thriller. The story is set in Providence, Rhode Island and the heroine is thirteen-year-old Maddy. She lives with her Aunt Lyssa because her parents were killed in a tragic automobile accident that resulted in paralysis of her arm. Maddie's father had Narragansett ancestry and his mother had told Maddy many legends and some of them were scary monster tales that Maddie loved.
Night Wings is the latest novel for children written by well-known Abenaki storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac. This novel takes readers on an adventure with an Abenaki 13-year-old teen in the care of his grandfather who works as a wilderness guide in New Hampshire. Paul Fortune's parents are both deployed to Iraq and for the next year he is living with his grandfather. Their lives are seriously uprooted when the pair is basically kidnapped by a TV crew bent on finding the famed treasure of Pmola, an Abenaki bird-like creature of legend living high on Mount Washington.
March Toward Thunder is a moving historical novel by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac that features 15-year old Louis, an Abenaki youth from Canada. He is recruited to fight for the northern Irish Brigade during the American Civil War. While living in New York with his mother 15-year-old Nolette seeks adventure, a paycheque, and an end to slavery. The army seems like a good choice. Here Louis finds other frightened youth on the long summer march to Virginia. He discovers there is no actual war heroes or bad guys just a dirty business, as one sergeant puts it.
Abenaki author and storyteller successfully transformed a traditional Mohawk story about the skeleton man into a contemporary plot with a teenage Mohawk girl whose family mysteriously disappears. In the earlier novel, The Skeleton Man, a strange ôuncleö appears to claim Sally and she is left with disturbing dreams that seem to reflect the traditional legend about a man whose ôhungerö reaches frightening proportions. The girl's father had often told this Mohawk legend about a long ago family who disappears only to be saved by the family's youngest member.
Prolific Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac has written a new first-person narrative biography of famed athlete Jim Thorpe (1887-1953). Thorpe is known as the greatest athlete who ever lived and his career in professional football and Major League Baseball stand as lasting testaments to this remarkable person. He was winner of Olympic gold medals in track and field during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The accounts of his early years and difficult times at Carlisle Indian School (residential school) are told with candor and modesty.
Buffalo Song is a new picture book from prolific Abenaki storyteller and author Joseph Bruchac. This fictionalized account of the initial rescue of the American bison or buffalo is told through the eyes of the people first involved. The story opens in the year 1873 as two Nez Perce riders come across the bodies of slaughtered buffalo on the floor of a protected canyon. Hunters had taken only the tongues and left the animals where they fell. Only a weakened calf survived and the boy and his father take the dying calf to a man known as Sam Walking Coyote.
The Waters Between: A Novel of the Dawn Land is the third novel in Joseph Bruchac's Dawn Land trilogy series. Although the author notes in his introduction that readers who have not read either of the other two novels (Long River and Dawn Land) will have no problem understanding the characters in this volume. This is a novel about the Abenaki people of eastern North America long before contact. The title refers to the Abenaki understanding of modern-day Lake Champlain and the character of Young Hunter returns as the hero.
OUT OF PRINT March Toward Thunder is a moving historical novel by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac that features 15-year old Louis, an Abenaki youth from Canada. He is recruited to fight for the northern Irish Brigade during the American Civil War. While living in New York with his mother 15-year-old Nolette seeks adventure, a paycheque, and an end to slavery. The army seems like a good choice. Here Louis finds other frightened youth on the long summer march to Virginia. He discovers there is no actual war heroes or bad guys just a dirty business, as one sergeant puts it.