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UNDEFEATED: JIM THORPE AND THE CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Sheinkin
Author's First Name: 
Steve
Publisher: 
Macmillan (Roaring Brook)
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
This ambitious book takes on the subjects of: the early history of football,the Carlisle Indian School and its goal of taking the Indian out of Native children and the life, successes and struggles of legendary Jim Thorpe as well as Pop Warner. Meticulously researched we learn about the role of Teddy Roosevelt in saving football from those who found it too violent, the skill of Warner as well as his "abuse" of his players for perhaps personal gain, certainly fame, and the raw talent of Jim Thorpe who was an incredible athlete. Readers also see the prejudice that the Indians faced as they beat most of the major Ivy league colleges (players older, bigger and playing on home turf). A fascinating read. Edie Ching 910-14)

THUNDER BOY JR.

Thunder Boy Jr. sitting on dad's shoulders
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Alexie
Author's First Name: 
Sherman
Illustrator's First Name: 
Yuyi
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Morales
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Wanting a name of his own, Thunder Boy, Jr. tries some new ones out. A satisfying story of a Native American boy who wants a name that represents his own abilities and experiences. There's no particular tribal identification here, but the tradition of names that carry meaning is common to many cultures around the world, making this a situation many children will recognize. Morales's digital paintings use old materials for texture and include grand images: the looming "Big Thunder," mom and her motorcycle, his chubby little sister on her tricycle following the helmeted Thunder Boy, Jr, . on his bike, as well as old toys, animals and symbols from the Southwest and Central America. K. Isaacs. (Up to 7)

THE SMELL OF OTHER PEOPLE'S HOUSES [AUDIOBOOK]

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hitchcock
Author's First Name: 
Bonnie-Sue
Narrator's First Name: 
Jorjeana
Narrator's Last Name: 
Marie, Erin Tripp, Karissa Vacker, Robbie Daymond
Publisher: 
Penguin (Listening Library/Random House)
Publication Month: 
February
Publication Date: 
2016
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 

Rural Alaska in 1970 isn't the most uplifting place to spend your teenage years. Ruth hides a secret she can't keep for much longer, and even a cold stroke of luck may not be enough to save Dora. Alyce dreams of dancing somewhere other than on the familiar decks of her family's fishing boat, while Hank, headed for safety, stumbles into serious danger. These four teenagers, voiced quietly and alternatingly by an array of convincing narrators, find their lives interwoven as each abandons the familiar in search of secure passage into adulthood. ~ Kit Ballenger

GHOST HAWK

hawk and boy in canoe
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Cooper
Author's First Name: 
Susan
Publisher: 
Margaret K. McElderry
Publication Date: 
2013

Although Little Hawk's friendship with John, a young pilgrim, leads to his own death, his strong ties with John continue throughout John’s life. This historical fantasy carefully examines native tribes conflicting with settlers in changing America during the 1600s.

CHICKADEE

Chickadee
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Erdrich
Author's First Name: 
Louise
Illustrator's First Name: 
Louise
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Erdrich
Publisher: 
Harper
Publication Date: 
2012

Kidnapped by a pair of rascals and taken from Minnesota to Plains country in 1866, 8-year-old Chickadee works his way back to his grieving Ojibwe family. Like others in the Birchbark House series, Erdrich’s pencil drawings enliven this adventure.

THE PORCUPINE YEAR

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Erdrich
Author's First Name: 
Louise
Publisher: 
HarperCollins
Publication Date: 
2008

Twelve-year-old Omakayas reaches puberty, travels north toward others of her Ojibwe tribe, and endures a starving time in this third story in The Birchbark House series which also features pencil sketches by the author.

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