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Bruchac, Joseph.
New York : Darby Creek Pub., c2003
IL 5-8, RL 4.8
ISBN 1581960026

(2 booktalks)

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Booktalk #1

Jake Forrest loves to play lacrosse with his friends on the Algonquin Indian Reservation and he is good, very good. When his mother takes a new job in Washington, D.C. and he must attend a private school, Jake realizes that not everyone understands the “real” nature of the sport. There is more to this ancient game than just competition. Read this book to discover what the deeper meaning of lacrosse can be today, and if Jake can successfully live in two worlds. This is a great sports story, as well as a strong introduction to Iroquois culture.  (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)

Booktalk #2

Twelve-ear old Jake’s life changes radically when he leaves the Iroquois reservation to live with his mother in suburban Washington D. C. Jake is an accomplishedlacrosse player, and he shares the belief of his culture that the game is about respecting life.Coach Scott at his new school believes that lacrosse is about winning, and he tells stories that portray Indians as bloodthirsty killers. Jake struggles to figure out a way to help his coach to learn the true meaning of being a warrior.  Black-eyed Susan Award nominee 2005-2006

SUBJECTS:     Lacrosse -- Fiction.
                        Indians of North America -- Fiction.
                        Iroquois Indians -- Fiction.
                        Boarding schools -- Fiction.


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