Joseph Bruchac

For over thirty years Joseph Bruchac has been creating poetry, short stories, novels, anthologies and music that reflect his Abenaki Indian heritage and Native American traditions.

He is the author of more than 70 books for children and adults. The best selling Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children and others of his "Keepers" series, with its remarkable integration of science and folklore, continue to receive critical acclaim and to be used in classrooms throughout the country.
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Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2001
  • Little "Sonny" Bruchac's childhood was full of secrets. He didn't know why he lived with his grandparents, who ran a gas station and general store, when his own parents' home was just up the road, or why his grandfather was so defensive about his dark skin. The precocious, sensitive boy knew only that his grandparents nurtured his love of books and wild things as surely as they sheltered him from dangers real and imagined. As Sonny grew up, through experiences both searing and hilarious, he would find himself drawn to all things Indian long before he knew of his grandfather's hidden Abenaki roots.

    Bowman's Store gracefully weaves themes from Joseph Bruchac's intimate knowledge of Native American cultures with the scenes from the past that have shaped his life. For those who enjoy memoirs, Native American writings, and books about finding one's cultural heritage -- or just a wonderful read -- here is a consummate storyteller unfolding his most personal and poignant story of all.

    Guided Reading: Y
    Lexile: N/A
    Interest Level: Grades 4 - 12
    Reading Level: Grades 4 - College

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Keepers of Life Teacher's Guide
Format: Paperback
, 1995
  • Companion to Keepers of Life. Supplementary text, activity guidelines, and supplemental reading lists.

$25.95

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Code Talker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2006
  • This book is a fascinating slice of World War II history by a much-respected and acclaimed author. Six-year-old Ned Begay leaves his Navajo home for residential school, where he learns the English language. At 16, he enlists in the Marines during World War II and is trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code that was kept secret until 1969. Rooted in his Navajo consciousness and traditions even in dealing with fear, loneliness, and the horrors of the battlefield, Ned tells of his experiences of war. Ages 11+

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Geronimo
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Hardcover
, 2006
$19.79

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Jim Thorpe: Original All American
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2008
  • Jim Thorpe's amazing accomplishments as an Olympic medal winner as well as an outstanding professional football and baseball player brings his story to life. Focusing on his years at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School, this title highlights his early athletic career, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the 20th century.

    Ages 12-15

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A Boy Called Slow
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 1998
  • A proud Lakota Sioux grows into manhood acting with careful deliberation, determination, and bravery, he eventually earns the new name of Sitting Bull.

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Bearwalker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2007
  • As a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan, Baron has always been fascinated by bears. But the Bearwalker legend, passed down by his ancestors, tells of a creature, a terrible mix of human and animal that looks like a bear but is really a bloodthirsty monster. During a class camping trip deep in the Adirondacks, Baron comes face-to-face with an evil being that is all too real. Although he knows how the story ends in the legend, Baron must overcome this Bearwalker on his own terms. Ages 10-12

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Children of the Longhouse
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 1998
  • When Ohkwari overhears a group of older boys planning a raid on a neighboring village, he immediately tells his Mohawk elders. An exciting story that also offers an in-depth look at Native life centuries ago.

$6.99

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Crazy Horse's Vision
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2006
  • Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know that his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair. Curly was a leader even as a young boy, but his bravery could not prepare him for the trouble he and the other Lakota faced from the white settlers. After a fierce battle that mortally wounded Chief Conquering Bear, Curly felt called to help his people. So he defied traditional custom and ran away to seek a vision. Three days went by. Finally, as an exhausted Curly collapsed on the ground, the vision came, a rider suspended above the ground and voices coming from nowhere. It took three years for Curly to understand his vision, and this long journey gave him the strength and leadership to guide his people. Because of this powerful vision, Curly''s father renamed him Crazy Horse

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Eagle Song
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 1999
  • After a move to the big city with his family, a case of culture shock sets in. No longer on the Mohawk reservation with all his friends, he feels out of place and alone. Joseph Bruchac explores courage in the face of racism.

$7.99

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Flying With the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Tales From Native North America
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2011
  • "Flying with the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear" is a continent-spanning collection of 16 thrilling tales in which young Native American men must face great enemies, find strength and endurance within themselves to succeed, and take their place by the side of their elders.

$12.95

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Hidden Roots
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2006
  • Eleven-year-old Sonny and his mother can''t predict his father''s sudden abusive rages. Jake''s anger only gets worse after long days at the paper mill -- and when Uncle Louis appears. Louis seems to show up when Sonny and his mother need help most, but there is something about his quiet wisdom that only fuels Jake''s rage. Through an unexpected friendship with a new school librarian, Sonny gains the strength to stand up to his father, and to finally confront his mother and uncle about a secret family heritage that may be the key to his father''s self-hatred.

$9.45

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How Chipmunk Got His Stripes
Format: Paperback
, 2003
  • In this retelling of a Native American pourquoi tale, Brown Squirrel challenges prideful Bear to keep the sun from rising.

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Jim Thorpe's Bright Path
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
, 2004
  • Being awarded "Athlete of the Century" in 1999 was a marvelous achievement for a Native kid born in a log cabin. Thorpe had much going for him: determination, confidence, amazing athletic ability, and a father who insisted that he learn English to protect himself from unscrupulous men who took advantage of Indians.

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Keepers of the Animals: Native Stories and Wildlife Activities for Children
Format: Paperback
, 1997
  • B.C. Science Supplementary Resouce Gr.4- Life Science

    Part of the bestselling "Keepers" series, Keepers of the Animals encourages an early interest in wildlife and the environment through Native stories and legends and extensively tested activities for children aged 5 to 12. Perfect for classroom and home use, this interdisciplinary book teaches children to appreciate Native cultures and heritage while learning about North American animals, insects, fish, reptiles, and birds.

    Foreword by Vine Deloria, Jr.

$31.95

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