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.
Wabi: A Hero's Tale is the most recent novel for young adults by the prolific Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. In this story, Bruchac takes his inspiration from traditional Abenaki stories. The novel begins with great-horned owl narrating his first memories as the runt in his owl home nest. Confronted with challenges from these earliest times, including a disinterested mother and mean brother, Wabi is unceremoniously pushed from his nest and left to begin life alone. When Wabi is confronted with a frightening situation his great-grandmother appears to rescue the tiny owl.
Code Talker: A Novel About The Navajo Marines of World War Two is an historical novel about a Navajo man who endured boarding school (residential school) to become a United States Marine during World War 2. Renowned Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac weaves a quiet but engaging story where the Code Talker tells his grandchildren about the history of his wartime medal. The story begins as the narrator tells about his childhood on the Navajo Reservation.
Bearwalker is one of Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young adult novels. This horror and mystery story revolves on the life of twelve-year-old Baron Braun, a grade eight Mohawk, Bear Clan student who is reluctant to go on a camping trip to the Adirondack Mountains. Baron has lots to deal with, not only does he deal daily with school bullies; he also must cope with his parents' absence as they serve their country in Iraq. Living with his grandmother, Baron receives love and support from her and an uncle as well as a teacher and the librarian.
The Winter People is a historical novel by Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac. In this story set in 1759 during the French and Indian War the reader is taken to the Abenaki village of St. Francis (Odanak). British soldiers attack this Abenaki village while the men are away and kill many of the people taking several hostages. Among the hostages are the mother and younger sisters of the story's main character, fourteen-year old Saxso. The narrative then follows Saxso as he attempts to track down his family and save them.
The Trail of Tears by renowned Abenaki author, Joseph Bruchac, is part of the Step into Reading program from Random House books. This beginning chapter book recounts the story of the Cherokee forced relocation in 1838. This title is classified as a Step 5 book in the series because it provides an independent reading experience for students who are ready for chapters. This title features longer paragraphs and contains coloured illustrations that encourage young readers to try a chapter book.
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes: A Tale of Bragging and Teasing by Abenaki storytellers Joseph and James Bruchac retells a traditional Woodland legend about boasting and teasing. The father and son team has heard this story from Mohawk, Abenaki, Seneca, and Cherokee storytellers and sources. Over the years their storytelling to audiences of school children has resulted in this humourous retelling. Long ago, Bear was proud and boastful and believed he was more powerful than the sun.
Crazy Horse's Vision is a children's picture book by Abenaki writer and storyteller Joseph Bruchac. This story is a fictionalized biography about the childhood and coming of age of the noted Lakota Sioux leader and warrior. Crazy Horse was born in the fall of 1841 or 1842. During his childhood his parents and others in the Lakota village noticed that he was quiet and thoughtful, displaying leadership qualities. The boy did not always carry the name, Crazy Horse. At birth, his mother called the child Curly in recognition of his curly hair.
Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America by Abenaki children's author Joseph Bruchac is a reprint of his popular children's picture book about the many Native America Nations of North America. The illustrated alphabet represents 26 First Nations as each letter portrays a distinctive culture. Bruchac stresses the diversity of Native Americans in his author's note. For example, the letter A stands for the Anishinabe artists who make birch bark bowls. The final letter represents the Zuni Elders who are shown praying at the end of the day.
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.