PathFinders Novels for Teen Readers
by Native Village
Tennessee: A new collection of Native books has been added to Book Publishing Company's impressive 7th Generation/Native Voices roster -- the exciting PathFinders novels for teens.
Each Pathfinder novel features a Native teen as the main character, and every story includes references to traditional ways. The books are written at lower reading levels but with age-appropriate plots. All offer easy-to-read layouts, linear storylines, and modern as well as historic topics.
Native Voices and 7th Generation are imprints of Book Publishing Co., a community owned, independent press in Summertown, Tennessee. Native Voices books preserve the history, culture and stories of Native people, while 7th Generation presents Native children’s books for many ages.
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner
Danny Blackgoat is a teenager in 1864 Navajo country when United States soldiers burn down his home, kill his sheep, capture his family, and force them all to walk at gunpoint to an Army fort far from their homeland.
This forced exodus of the Navajo people was called the Long Walk of 1864, and during the journey, Danny is labeled a troublemaker and given the name Fire Eye.
Refusing to accept captivity, he is sent to Fort Davis, Texas, a Civil War prisoner outpost. There he battles bullying fellow prisoners, rattlesnakes, and abusive soldiers, until he meets Jim Davis. Davis teaches Danny how to hold his anger and starts him on the road to literacy.
Davis—who builds coffins for the dead— also aids Danny in a daring and dangerous escape.
Little Brother of War
“Dad, I don’t want to play football or baseball,” I blurted out.
“Oh, what do you want to play?” he asked. “Basketball? I hope its not soccer. That’s not even a real American sport.”
“Stickball,” I said.
“Say what?” Dad replied. He almost spit out a mouth full of coffee.
“You mean running around in your shorts behind the community center on Saturdays? That’s not a real sport.”
“Actually it is a real sport, and I’m talking about playing on a team that will compete at Choctaw Fair next summer.”
Dad slammed his fist down on the table. The plates and glasses shook. I almost jumped out of my seat.
Thunder on the Plains
"Get on the phone and call them all to a meeting for next Saturday afternoon,” Danny Wind said to his friend Crow. “We’re going to rescue us some buffalo.” He could hardly believe what he was saying. “But don’t tell anyone else. It’s our little secret for now.”
After two years, middle-school student Danny Wind is still not over his father’s death. When his mom marries a white man and they move to a new “white bread” neighborhood, Danny’s life changes for the worse. The school principal considers him a troublemaker, and he has to avoid Willy, the school bully, who calls him “redskin” and “Tonto.”
After he acts out and gets suspended from school, Danny’s mom decides to send him to a summer survival camp for American Indian teens on the reservation where his father grew up.
Once there, Danny gets involved in a secret plan to rescue bison from Yellowstone National Park -- and discovers something important about himself in the process.
There were machines beside my bed. They were beeping and making weird noises. I had a headache and a side ache and an arm ache. But I couldn’t feel my left leg.
Slowly I looked around the room. There was Mom asleep in a chair next to the bed.
“Mom? Mom, what happened?” She woke up and looked at me.
“Oh, Jason. I’m so glad you’re awake. Don’t try to talk. I’ll call the doctor to come check you.”
“What happened to me?”
“Don’t you remember? You were in a terrible car wreck. Two days ago.”
As Mom left to find the doctor, the images of the accident flooded back into my mind.
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