Reading Lists

Native American (RD 80 and 90)

The absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian

Alexie, Sherman Forney, Ellen

Little, Brown and Co. 2009

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Code talker : a novel about the Navajo Marines of World War Two

Bruchac, Joseph

Speak 2006

After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

The Lone Ranger and Tonto fistfight in heaven

Alexie, Sherman

Grove Press 2005

This collection of short stories offers a fictional portrait of the characters, language, traditions, and daily life of those living on the Spokane Indian Reservation.

Touching Spirit Bear

Mikaelsen, Ben

HarperTrophy 2002

After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life. This gripping, graphic survival story from an award-winning writer paints an unsparing picture of one violent teen and offers a poignant testimony to the power of pain that can destroy and may also heal.

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