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The Warriors Paperback – August 1, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Contemporary realistic fiction that incorporates background information on a specific Native American culture but does not overwhelm readers is far too rare. In Warriors, Bruchac introduces Jake Forrest, a young teenager who leaves the Iroquois reservation where he was raised to live with his mother, a lawyer in Maryland, and attend a prestigious private boy's school. Like many kids his age, Jake wrestles with the difficulties of moving to a new city, fitting in at a new school, and trying to make the best of his one-parent family. Additionally, he endures many little offenses, like the nickname "Chief," and bigger ones, like the biased presentation of events in history class. Throughout the novel, the author mixes just the right amount of universal teen experience and culturally specific perspective to make Jake's story appealing to a broad audience. Plus, as a sports novel, Warriors is just plain fun, with action-packed descriptions of lacrosse that put readers right on the field with the players. One hopes that books like this will encourage more teens, from all ethnic backgrounds, to recognize and internalize their own traditions instead of opting for mainstream popular culture.
Sean George, Memphis-Shelby County Public Library & Information Center, Memphis, TN
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Gr. 5-8. Jake Forrest enjoys playing lacrosse on the Algonquin Indian reservation where he lives. He understands the way the game ties into his people's view of the world and their history. After his mother gets a job as an attorney, however, and enrolls Jake in a fancy Washington, D.C., boarding school, Jake finds his world disrupted. The school is lacrosse obsessed. Jake becomes a star of the team, but he's disturbed by his coach's failure to grasp the subtleties of the Indian approach to the sport. When a tragic shooting kills the coach, Jake organizes an all-school lacrosse game as a sort of prayer of healing. Young lacrosse fans or players may be disappointed that there aren't more descriptions of the game, and some readers may find that the novel's many messages overwhelm the characters and action. Still, there's plenty of thought-provoking material here about the place of sports in American society. Todd Morning
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The three main characters were Jake, his mom and Coach Scott. Jake is a nice boy who is Native American. He loves to play lacrosse he goes threw a lot of events in the story. His mom his women that works a lot and doesn't get to see Jake as much as she wants to so she pops up in the story in the important events. Coach Scott he is the lacrosse coach and he is a teacher. He reads to his students about Indians and things Jake dose not like because it talks about bad stuff about his culture.
The main problem in this story occurs. When Jake tries to tell every one that what they are saying in the books Coach Scott reads to them in class about the Indians being bad people and doing bad things to other American is not true. When nobody listens to him he fells bad about his culture.
My favorite part of the book was when Jake moved in to the worries rooms because his mom could not have him stay alone at home. This was my favorite part because it had Jake make knew friends and more people to talk to.
I really liked this book because it shows you that all people are equal in different ways. I would recommend it to because it tells you that Indians.
How they used to play lacrosse and shows you that words can heart other people .
The book is a terrific book. If I could I would give it 4 stars.
The main characters in the book were Jake, Jake's mother, Kofi, Muhammad, and coach Scott. This book is about an Indian kid Jake who moves to a new school. His mother has told him not to play lacrosse so he can get good grades, but can Jake give up lacrosse, his favorite sport?
The main problem of the book occurs when his mother has told him not to play lacrosse and he finds out that the school is one of the biggest lacrosse schools in the area and maybe in the nation.
My favorite part of the book is when Jake decides to have a game to honor his Coach Scott after he sacrificed himself for a woman holding a baby who was about to be shot. When Jake visited the coach in the hospital after the game the coach said he felt a lot better when he saw the game on T.V.
This was my favorite part of the book because Jake hated the coach because he was always saying either bad or wrong things about Indians and it took real courage to hold that game for Coach Scott.
I really liked this book because I play hockey and lacrosse is very similar to it.
I would recommend this book to whomever likes hockey, field hockey, lacrosse, and to whoever likes books with Native Americans because the author talks about Jake coming down the field scoring. Then here comes the Native American part; he looks down at the ground and holds the stick and the other arm out, and thank the Elder Brother, the Sun.
The main character is Jake, an Iroquois boy who becomes a boarding student at Weltimore after leaving the reserve Jake grew up on. The other characters at the reserve are Frank Tarbell, Rick Jamieson (both are on Jake's lacrosse team), Irwin Printup (an Iroquois Faith Keeper, someone who keeps the Iroquois tradition alive), and other Iroquois people. At Weltimore, the characters are Coach Scott (Jake's history teacher and lacrosse coach), Mr. Culet (the headmaster), Kofi (a West African boy, Jake's roommate), Muhammad (a Pakistani boy, Jake's other roommate), and many, many more people who work and go to school at Weltimore. One special character is someone Jake calls Grandpa Sky, and he mostly is in the book in Jake's thoughts of the stories Grandpa Sky tells Jake. The only time he is actually in the story in the same time the book takes place is in the reserve.
There really is no problem in the story, but Jake is constantly wanting to go home. I think this is a story about a period in Jake's life where he has to face the hardship of leaving the place he grew up in and going to a new place he knows very little about. Jake also has to go to a new school and make new friends. It can be hard leaving a place you love, especially when you grow up there. I kind of know what it is like, I had to move when I was in the summer before I went to 1st grade. A short while after school started, I had already made a friend. I have a friend where I used to live and I sometimes visit, but it is never the same as when I lived there. I think the same goes for Jake, he can still visit his friends on the reserve, but not as often as when Jake lived on the reserve.
My favorite part in the book is the part where Jake and his roommate Kofi share their secrets, sort of. This is my favorite part in the book because the characters get to learn a little bit about each other.
I would give this book 3 stars because it shows examples of friendship and teamwork and it includes some life lessons. It isn't really interesting at the beginning, but to understand the most interesting parts, the parts beforehand must be read. I would recommend this book to someone who likes lacrosse (the main sport in the book), and/or someone who likes a realistic fiction books about kids in early high school or late middle school (possibly late elementary school, most likely not). When the book is completely read, it turns out to be a really good book.
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