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As a member of the lacrosse team and of the Iroquois heritage, Jake knows how sacred the game is, but when he moves to a boarding school and plays for their team, he finds that Coach Scott is feeding untruths to his team about the game.
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Joseph Bruchac was born in Saratoga Springs, New York, and grew up in the Adirondack foothills. He began to take an interest in his Abenaki heritage when he was a teenager. Mr. Bruchac has written many books, poems, plays, and short stories--most of which include tales, characters, and teachings from his Native American roots. Performing as a storyteller allows him another way to preserve his Abenaki culture.
Grade 5-8-Contemporary realistic fiction that incorporates background information on a specific Native American culture but does not overwhelm readers is far too rare. In Warriors, Bruchac introduces Jake Forrest, a young teenager who leaves the Iroquois reservation where he was raised to live with his mother, a lawyer in Maryland, and attend a prestigious private boy's school. Like many kids his age, Jake wrestles with the difficulties of moving to a new city, fitting in at a new school, and trying to make the best of his one-parent family. Additionally, he endures many little offenses, like the nickname "Chief," and bigger ones, like the biased presentation of events in history class. Throughout the novel, the author mixes just the right amount of universal teen experience and culturally specific perspective to make Jake's story appealing to a broad audience. Plus, as a sports novel, Warriors is just plain fun, with action-packed descriptions of lacrosse that put readers right on the field with the players. One hopes that books like this will encourage more teens, from all ethnic backgrounds, to recognize and internalize their own traditions instead of opting for mainstream popular culture.
Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN
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Book Description Darby Creek Pub, 2003. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111581960026
Book Description Darby Creek Pub, 2003. Condition: New. Ron Mahone (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M1581960026
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