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 Many Trails
Fiction about Native American young people

Adaline Falling Star by Mary Pope Osborne

Feeling abandoned by her deceased Arapaho mother and her explorer father, Adaline Falling Star runs away from the prejudiced cousins with whom she is staying and comes close to death in the wilderness, with only a mongrel dog for company.    J Osbo

Ahyoka and the Talking Leaves by Peter & Connie Roop

Ahyoka helps her father Sequoyah in his quest to create a system of writing for his people. J Roop

The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich

Omakayas, a seven-year-old Native American girl of the Ojibwa tribe, lives through the joys of summer and the perils of winter on an island in Lake Superior in 1847.   J Erdr

The Buffalo Jump by Peter Roop

Angry and resentful that the honor of leading the buffalo stampede is given to his older brother, Little Blaze, the Blackfeet's fastest runner, must make a difficult decision when his brother's life is endangered.  J Roop

Crossing the Starlight Bridge by Alice Mead

Nine-year-old Rayanne's life turns upside down when her father leaves and she has to move off the Penobscot reservation and go to live with her grandmother.  J Mead

Dreamcatcher by Audrey Osofsky

In the land of the Ojibway a baby sleeps, protected from bad dreams, as the life of the tribe goes on around him.  E Oso

Encounter by Jane Yolen

A Taino Indian boy on the island of San Salvador recounts the landing of Columbus and his men in 1492.  J Yol

Firefly Night by Carole Gerber 

A young Chippewa girl follows a firefly as it reveals the secrets of the night, the many creatures that share her forest home, on her way to sleep.  E Gerb

Forbidden Talent by Redwing T. Nez

Ashkii, who lives on an Indian reservation with his grandparents, finds that his way of painting is in conflict with what his grandfather calls the “Navajo Way”.  J Nez

Fox Song by Joseph Bruchac

After the death of her Indian great-grandmother, Jamie remembers the many special things the old woman shared with her about the natural world.  E Bru

Girl of the Shining Mountains: Sacagawea's Story by Peter & Connie Roop

Sacagawea describes how, at the age of sixteen, she becomes part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition and serves as their interpreter and guide, surviving many dangerous adventures on their trek through the wilderness.  J Roop

The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble  

Though she is fond of her people, a girl prefers to live among the wild horses where she is truly happy and free.  E Gobl

The Good Luck Cat by Joy Harjo

Because her good luck cat Woogie has already used up eight of his nine lives in narrow escapes from disaster, a Native American girl worries when he disappears.  E Hari

Grandmother's Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain

While spending a week with her grandmother who like her, is a Chippewa Indian, Kimmy learns to make a dreamcatcher that allows the sleeper to have only sweet dreams.  E McCa

Guests by Michael Dorris

Moss and Trouble, an Algonquin boy and girl, struggle with the problems of growing up in the Massachusetts area during the time of the first Thanksgiving.  J Dorr

Julie by Jean Craighead George

When Julie returns to her father's Inuit village, she struggles to find a way to save her beloved wolves in a changing Arctic world and she falls in love with a young Siberian man.  J Geor

Last Leaf First Snowflake to Fall by Leo Yerxa

An Indian parent and child move through the forest and over a pond as nature passes from fall to winter.  E Yerx

Less Than Half, More Than Whole by Kathleen & Michael Lacapa

A child who is only part Native American is troubled by his mixed racial heritage.    E Laca

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse

A child living in the Arctic learns that a mother's love is unconditional.  E Joos

Many Nations: An Alphabet of Native America by Joseph Bruchac

Illustrations and brief text present aspects of the lives of the many varied native peoples across North America.  E Bruc

Morning Girl by Michael Dorris

Morning Girl, who loves the day, and her younger brother Star Boy, who loves the night, take turns describing their life on an island in pre-Columbian America.  J Dor

Muskrat Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau

A Native American girl's feelings are hurt when schoolmates make fun of the children who live at the lake, but then her grampa tells her a Seneca folktale that reminds her how much she appreciates her home and her place in the world.  J Sava

My Heart is on the Ground: The Diary of Nannie Little Rose, a Sioux Girl (Dear America) by Ann Rinaldi

In the diary account of her life at a government-run Pennsylvania boarding school in 1880, a twelve-year-old Sioux Indian girl reveals a great need to find a way to help her people.  J Rina

On Mother's Lap by Ann Herbert Scott

A small Inuit boy discovers that Mother's lap is a very special place with room for everyone.  E Scot

On the Long Trail Home by Elisabeth Jane Stewart

Meli and her brother Tahlikwa escape from the Cherokee people being herded westward on the Trail of Tears, determined to return to their beloved mountain home.  E Stew

Rainy's Powwow by Linda Theresa Raczek

A Native American girl attends the traditional powwow where she is expected to choose for herself a specific form of dance and receive her special name.  E Racz

The Seasons and Someone by Virginia Kroll

A young Inuit girl witnesses the changing seasons in Alaska.  E Krol

Sees Behind Trees by Michael Dorris

A Native American boy with a special gift to “see” beyond his poor eyesight journeys with an old warrior to a land of mystery and beauty.  J Dorr

Seya's Song by Ron Hirschi

Using some traditional Clallam words, a young Indian describes the natural surroundings and activities of the Clallam, or S'Klallam, people through the seasons of the year.  E Hir

SkySisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose

Two Ojibway sisters set off across the frozen north country to see the SkySpirits’ (the Northern Lights) midnight dance.  E Wabo 

Researched and Compiled by L. Baldwin

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