Jimmy struggles to adjust after the death of his father and moving from the pueblo to his Grandfather Whitefeather’s house. Strete’s characters are complex and his themes are multi-layered. Most notably, the story incorporates the U.S. government policies that recently led to the unauthorized sterilization of so many Native women. Without romanticizing, he touches on much of the sadness tied to the Indian way of life and explores the strength,
This story features an eleven-year-old Rayona Taylor, a character featured in two of Dorris’s novels for adults, A YELLOW RAFT IN BLUE WATER, and CLOUD CHAMBER. The novel is probably best appreciated by readers of all three works; however, THE WINDOW is a step toward growing into the other two. Ages 8-up.
Not a novel but a collection of Choctaw stories (contemporary, historical, and traditional). Features black and white, archival photographs. Ages 12-up.
Molly’s parents are gone, vanished. She needs to find answers and a way to go on. But Molly has been taught well of her Mohawk traditions. She understands the importance of dreams. She knows to take them seriously. This very scary contemporary Native American novel is a must read and a scary one at that. Ages 10-up. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
Set in the sixteenth century, Walnut grows into his adult name and learns to cope with his limited vision. At its heart, a journey story. My favorite of the three, outstanding children’s novels by Dorris. Ages 8-up.
Cassidy Rain Berghoff didn’t know that the very night she decided to get a life would be the night that Galen would lose his. It’s been six months since her best friend died, and up until now, Rain has succeeded in shutting herself off from the world. But when controversy arises around her aunt Georgia’s Indian Camp in their mostly white Kansas community,
A break-through book featuring Navajo life in the middle of the twentieth century and a boy’s relationship with his changing community and his love for a horse. Ages 7-up.
It’s 1492, and Morning Girl and her brother Star Boy are two very different children who are about to encounter whites for the first time. A Native twist on the “discovery” mythology. Winner of the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Ages 7-up.
Minko Ushi and his family are part of the Choctaw removal, or Trail of Tears, from their ancestral land to Indian Territory. In this story Minko, his father, and a pony actually travel ahead of the rest and have various adventures along their way. Ages 8-up.
An exploration of an event analogous to the mythical “Thanksgiving” story, told from the point of view of a Native boy. Ages 7-up.