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Runs With Horses Hardcover – Large Print, November 1, 1995

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Grade 6-9?Set in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains during 1886, this is the story of Runs with Horses, an Apache youth who is embarking on a series of trials in order to become a warrior. His father, Red Knife, and the ever-famous Geronimo are the elders who direct his rites of passage, which range from running up and down a mountain without spilling a mouthful of water to assisting in raids on neighboring Mexicans. A young man's desire to be accepted by his peers as well as by his father is accurately portrayed. Bravery, honor, and respect are stressed throughout, and fiction is integrated smoothly with historical details. The story takes place over a short period of time, and will keep readers involved. Fans of westerns and Gary Paulsen's books would probably be the best candidates for this one.?Julie Shatterly, Gaston County Public Library, Gastonia, NC
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Gr. 6^-10. At age 16, Runs With Horses has already gone through many trials on his quest to become a Chiricahua Apache warrior. As the story opens, he is about to attempt another hurdle: he must run three miles up the mountain without swallowing the water he holds in his mouth. Failure is unthinkable--not only for himself, but also for his people--and he knows that his leader Geronimo needs all the warriors he can get. Burks breaks with the trend of depicting Native Americans in a peaceable, passive light, showing, instead, Indians fighting for survival by killing, stealing, and scalping. With its compact size, terse sentences, large print, and action-packed plot, the book is certain to lure reluctant readers, and history buffs will applaud the factual epilogue and bibliography. Susan Dove Lempke

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (November 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152002642
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152002640
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,554,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Kid's Review on March 16, 2007
Format: School & Library Binding
Runs With Horses had always dreamed of becoming an Apache warrior, but knew of the numerous trials he would have to pass before he became one. Ever since he could walk, Runs With Horses had trained to become a warrior, and fight the Mexicans and White Eyes that tried to put his people into reservations, like his father, Red Knife, and his tribe leader, Geronimo. To prove him self he had to pass many tests to go on a raid. After completing four raids he would be considered a warrior, and eligible to smoke, drink, and marry. His tests ranged from running to the most distant mountains and back without being seen to dodging rocks slung at him by his father. Shortly after Runs With Horses went on his third raid, with had failed, Geronimo decided to surrender to the White Eyes and go to the reservations to be with his people. Runs With Horses never became a warrior, and was now trained to live like a white. Although this book had plenty of action, it was too close together in the story line to keep my attention. It was worth reading because of everything I learned from it, but it could have been better.

Many of Runs With Horses' quests were very exciting, and fun to read. On one of his missions, Runs With Horses had to sneak into the distant mountains to get information from a scout, and return back to his tribe undetected. While on his trip he spotted a small group of Mexicans camping in the valleys. He waited for them to fall asleep and planned to steal their three mules, donkey, food, and two of their rifles. After untied the animals and grabbing one rifle, one of the men woke up. He shot at the boy and scared of the animals in the process. Runs With Horses had to run all night before he knew he was a safe distance from the Mexicans.
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It was boring and not enjoyable. I had to read it for a social studies summer assignment and the whole thing was dreadful! The Genre isn't my cup of tea, so for those that like Native American Studies type books, it was well written, just not for me.
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