Little Brother of War pb

Native VoicesSKU: 9781939053022

Author:
Gary Robinson
Grade Levels:
Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine
Nation:
Choctaw, Southeast
Book Type:
Paperback
Pages:
113
Publisher:
Native Voices
Copyright Data:
2013

Price:
Sale price$13.95

Description

Little Brother of War is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read. Sixteen-year-old Mississippi Choctaw Randy Cheska has lived most of his young life in the shadow of his older football-hero brother, Jack. After Jack is killed while serving in Iraq, Randy's father puts even more pressure on Randy to excel in football. But Randy has no interest in sports and has never been good at them. Imagine Randy's surprise when he discovers stickball, a game he's immediately drawn to. But stickball is a sport Randy's father considers a relic of the Choctaw past, when it was known as Little Brother of War and was used to settle disputes between communities. Randy's determination to play this legendary game, similar to lacrosse, guided by a mysterious visitor, leads him on a challenging and unexpected journey of self-discovery. During his journey Randy learns from more senior Choctaw players and from his coach. Both father and son come to terms with their beliefs about sports and the loss of a son and brother. Written by Cherokee/Choctaw writer and filmmaker Gary Robinson, this novel engages readers and addresses issues around excelling in a team sport and retaining traditional values and activities. Highly recommended. Fry Reading Level: 3.9

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