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Indio Paperback – May 15, 1995


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (May 15, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152000216
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152000219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,251,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7-10?As the author acknowledges in her notes, she has condensed about 100 years of history into a very short time period. Through the life of Ipa, a girl of the pueblo society, the culture of the Jumanos unfolds. Ipa and her fellow villagers are peaceful, river farmers living near the Rio Grande in western Texas in the 1500s. With the arrival of the Spanish explorers and, soon after, the slavers, the destruction of her people's lifestyle begins. The first encounter is peaceful, and Ipa is actually fascinated by and attracted to Rodrigo, who treats her and her younger brother, Kadoh, with kindness and affection. However, when the slavers arrive, Ipa, Kadoh, and Xucate, her strong-willed and beautiful cousin, are taken from their homes. Ipa, who is skilled in the uses of herbal medicine, is protected by the padres at the mission. Xucate is not so fortunate. Given to the brutal overseer at the silver mine, she is repeatedly beaten and assaulted. When she becomes pregnant, she escapes with Ipa's help, only to die in childbirth. Ipa takes the child and goes back to what is left of her village. Eventually Rodrigo finds her again and asks her to marry him. Ipa agrees and begins her journey to a new life in Mexico City. Although the historical details are effectively woven throughout this well-paced story, the character development lacks depth and subtlety and resembles an old Hollywood movie in which the good are good, the bad are bad, and an upbeat ending is a prerequisite. Ipa, in particular, is a disappointment. Although her people have been brutalized and destroyed, she remains a perennial innocent and seems fundamentally unscathed by the tragedy that has engulfed everyone else. She is just too submissive and naive and could use a "reality check."?Carol Schene, Taunton Public Schools, MA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 7^-10. Despite the challenges of drought and floods and raids by other tribes, Ipa-tah-chi looks forward to a long, productive life as wife of the leader of a neighboring tribe. But then Spanish conquistadors attack, killing her husband-to-be and taking Ipa and others as slaves to work the silver mines. Ipa adjusts to life in the Spanish village, utilizing her healing arts to care for the sick and injured, until her brother suffers a serious injury and her cousin is raped by the mine owner. When Ipa tries to help them escape, she finds herself charged with murder. Characterizations are somewhat weak, and Garland's suggestion of a happy ending (Ipa goes off to join a handsome, tender-hearted Spaniard who has fallen in love with her) contrasts sharply with her depiction of the destruction brought about by the conquistadors and the strained relations between the Spanish and the neighboring mission. Even so, she brings a little-known historical period to life, portraying a doomed culture with romance and adventure. Karen Hutt --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Sherry Garland is the award-winning author of thirty books for children, teenagers and adults. Several of her books focus on the Vietnamese culture due to her close friendships with Vietnamese families. As a fifth generation Texan, she also sets many of her books in the Lone Star State. She especially likes to write historical works. For more information, visit her website: www.sherrygarland.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "isiscat21" on May 3, 2003
Format: School & Library Binding
This book, Indio, is depressing beyond reason. I will not tell you the story, but what I can tell you is that it is the most depressing book I've ever read. There are many deaths in this story. I like tearjerkers, but this one is too much for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By danielle on August 21, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sherry Garland's Indio tells the story of an Indian girl named Ipa-tah-chi and what eventually happens to the native indios in Southwest US and Mexico. One day, when she is fourteen, an Apache raid left her grandmother dead and her older brother taken hostage. Three years later, a group of white men with hair on their faces and strange animals arrive in the village, and they call themselves espanoles. Ipa meets a kindhearted espanol named Rodrigo, and even after the band of espanoles leave, she still remember's Rodrigo's kindness. Although they do not know each other's languages, Ipa and Rodrigo try to teach each other some words of their languages, and the exchanges are quite cute.

Ipa receives a marriage offer from Coyomo, a handsome indio from another village, but on the day of their wedding, another group of espanoles come and destroys their happiness forever. The espanoles kill some indios and take the rest as slaves, including Ipa-tah-chi, her younger brother Kadoh, and her proud, beautiful cousin Xucate. They are all taken to a silver mine with a Christian missionary nearby, and the indios' lives are never the same again.

Garland has done a good job, capturing the anguish the native indios felt in their last hundred years. The character that captures it the most is Xucate, with her bitter hatred of the Spanish. There are only fleeting moments of happiness, ie: when Ipa spends time with the kind Rodrigo. Later, Xucate is raped, symbolizing the extinction of the indios and the painful birth of the Mexican race (Indian/Spanish mix). Although Ipa survives and will have a brighter future in Mexico, her "happy" ending is bittersweet.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Indio was a wonderful book. Ipa and her cousin go through many emotional and cultuarl experiences. Eventhough Ipa-tah-chi has so much taken away she still holds on to the hope her villiage will survive and thet everything will go back to normal. It tells another side of the story when the Spanish conquistadores invaded the American south-west. I love how it does'nt put anything in softer terms. It tells how Xucate (ipa's cousin ) was treated by the head of the miners. He raped her. You learn that the history books do not tell how the natives were treated terribly in the 15th & 16th centurys. Well I recommend this book to 12-16 year-olds. It is truly worthy of five stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Rush on September 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
An excellent book for seventh and eighth graders that I used when I was teaching junior high. My students thoroughly enjoyed the drama and excitement, but were saddened by the outcome. Sherry Garland is a gifted writer with a knack for depicting diverse cultures. This is an even-handed, but unvarnished depiction of the Conquistador impact on Native Americans.... Kevin Rush, author of Earthquake Weather a Novel for Catholic
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