Danny Blackgoat Navajo Prisoner pb

SKU: 9781939053039

Tim Tingle
Grade Levels:
Four, Five, Six, Seven, Eight, Nine
Navajo, Southwest
Book Type:
Native Voices

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Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner 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 from age 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. This historical novel is set during the infamous Navajo Long Walk of 1864 by award-winning, Choctaw author Tim Tingle. Sixteen-year-old Danny lives with his extended family in a Navajo community in Canyon de Chelly, when the United States military burns Navajo hogans, kills their sheep herds, and forces the survivors to walk to a distant military fort. After being labelled a troublemaker during the Long Walk, Danny endures verbal and physical abuse and even murder attempts after he is sent to a Texas labour camp for Confederate Army prisoners of war. Here Danny faces a mean-spirited and violent prisoner who not only bullies the youth with a rattlesnake in his sleeping cot but plots to kill Danny. Danny is the only Navajo prisoner until he meets Jim Davis who acts as a father figure and advises and protects Danny. The man even plans a daring escape for Danny that challenges and pushes Danny's traditional Navajo values to the limit. The story ends with Danny riding off toward his home in Canyon de Chelly wondering if there will be any family or friends to come home to. As he gives his traditional thanks with corn pollen and a prayer he knows the future is uncertain. This powerful historical fiction account of the Navajo Long Walk is a unique take on this shameful event in American history but the story celebrates the strength and courage of one Navajo youth. Author Tim Tingle provides a brief afterword explaining the Navajo Long Walk. Reading Level: 4.0.

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