The Dark Pond is one of Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac's contemporary novels based on a traditional scary story from a Native American legend. In this story we meet Arnie, half Armenian and half Shawnee, who attends a private school that values environmental education. But there is a mysterious pond on the school property and Arnie is being drawn toward it. By making friends with another school student and the Abenaki grounds keeper, Arnie works to find out why this pond seems to be calling to him. Lexile Level: 820; Guided Reading Level: U; DRA Level: 44-50.
UNAVAILABLE 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.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher 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.
The Girl Who Married the Moon: Tales from Native North America is a collection of 16 legends gathered and retold by noted storytellers Joseph Bruchac and Gayle Ross. Bruchac is the well-known Abenaki storyteller. Ross is a Cherokee storyteller and author who is a descendant of John Ross, the principal Cherokee chief during the Trail of Tears. Together they combine their talents to create a lively celebration of the roles of Native women through traditional stories and legends.
Turtle's Race with Beaver: A Traditional Seneca Story is a children's picture book by Abenaki father and son team, Joseph and James Bruchac. The storytellers explain that they have heard several variations of this tale and note that Aesop's version of the Tortoise and the Hare is an example. In this retelling the writers explain that this is a Seneca version taken from Arthur C. Parker's collection of Seneca legends. In this story, turtle lived in a pond that had everything she needed. As winter approached she prepared for winter as all turtles prepared.
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.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher Hidden Roots is a reprint of the historical novel by Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac. The story is set in small town New York State in the fall of 1954. Eleven-year-old Harold "Sonny" Camp deals with his problems in grade six by keeping his head down and avoiding attention. His family life is troubled due to the sudden rages from his mill worker father. These family violence issues are set against a backdrop of family secrets. Sonny loves his parents, especially his long-suffering mother and his Uncle Louis.
Pocahontas by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac presents in historical fiction format the two perspectives of the 1607 encounter between the Powhatan Nation and the English settlers in Jamestown, Virginia. Pre-teen Pocahontas begins the story with an explanation of her name as it is understood by her family and how the Coatmen (English) understand the meaning of her name. She describes her family and her culture. The next chapter is told from the perspective of John Smith. And so the novel proceeds with alternating voices about this historical period.