Fighting Spirit: On the Field with Jim Thorpe is a part graphic novel and part historical fiction title in the Graphic Flash Series published by Stone Arch Books. In this 55-page narrative, the focus is on a fifteen-year-old Native American youth named Howard Tucker whose all-time favourite sports hero is Jim Thorpe. Howard attends the boarding school for Indians, Haskell Indian School, and the book is set in 1920. Howard is academically inclined but loves sports and wants to participate in team sports at the boarding school also known as a residential school. The Native American students learn academic subjects for half the day and the rest of the time is spent working in the fields or the mechanics shop. Unfortunately Howard is not tall and is also the student most often bullied by the physically bigger students especially one particular football player. The dream of one day playing football like his hero keeps Howard Tucker focused. In exchange for helping a football player with his studies, Howard receives personal lessons from the star player. Throughout the book, the pages appeal to the reluctant or struggling reader with the combination of graphic novel storytelling interspersed with the historical fiction format. The book is illustrated by Claude St. Aubin who captures the look and feel of 1920s America. The book seamlessly interweaves factual information about Jim Thorpe's career with an anti-bullying message that will appeal to male students. The reading level indicated by the publisher is grade 2 to 3; the interest level will appeal to grades 3 to 9. Guided Reading Level: N; Lexile Level: GN 540L; Early Intervention Level: 30.