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The Heart of a Chief Paperback – Aug 27 2001

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Reprint edition (Aug. 27 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 014131236X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141312361
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #171,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

"Bruchac explores what it means to be Native American in a modern society through the perceptive first-person narrative of 11-year-old Chris Nicola," said PW. Ages 8-12.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-A contemporary story about an 11-year-old Penacook boy's emergence as a leader. Chris Nicola and his little sister are cared for with affection and wisdom by elderly Auntie and Doda. Their mother is deceased and their father is away battling alcoholism. The stories and traditions of Chris's people give the boy the courage and conviction to deal with life. Upset by the proposed establishment of a casino on a pristine island on the New Hampshire reservation, he and three friends destroy a surveyor's stakes. With unwavering passion, he defends his actions to reservation law officers. Wary but determined, Chris starts sixth grade at Rangerville Junior High and mingles with the white world. He is chosen as leader for a group report on using Indian names for sports teams. His call for unanimity through discussion mirrors tribal practices and generates a presentation that exposes the insensitivity of the school and attracts community attention. Chris is an appealing, resilient, optimistic character. His sincerity wins friends among adults and peers, even the reputed school bully. An effective balance of dialogue and first-person narrative propel the story forward. This upbeat narrative does not disguise the harsh realities of reservation life or the social and emotional struggles of Native Americans. Rather, the qualities of leadership emerge in Chris as he taps into his rich cultural past, recognizes his own potential, and stands up for his values.
Gerry Larson, Durham Magnet Center, Durham, NC
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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