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Marshall III, J.: In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse.

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Marshall III, J. In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse. Amulet/Abrams, 2015. 176p. $16.95. 978-1-4197-0785-8.

Eleven-year-old Jimmy McClean is a Lakota boy who gets bullied because his blue eyes make him "just an Indian pretending to be white." When Jimmy's grandfather, Nyles High Eagle, learns of his grandson's struggles, he decides to take Jimmy on a journey to teach him about another Lakota boy accused of being too light, Crazy Horse. As they embark on a road trip that chronicles places Crazy Horse lived, played, and hunted, Jimmy learns the little-known history of his Lakota heritage. With each stop, Grandpa Nyles relays Crazy Horse's courage in the face of adversity to show Jimmy that strength lies within.

Marshall III incorporates the Lakota's oral tradition to provide a unique perspective into the life and death of Crazy Horse. Told from multiple points of view, readers gain a deeper understanding of the warrior who sought to protect his people by fighting the U.S. government and, ultimately, surrendering his people to the U.S. Army. Themes throughout the novel focus on courage, loyalty, and survival. The author intersperses historical facts to coincide with Jimmy's story to provide depth to the legend of Crazy Horse. Many of the stories conveyed in the novel provide a new lens to view events that changed the course of peoples lives. Written for ages ten to fourteen, the novel serves as a quick, easy read that might appeal to reluctant readers. Educators and librarians wanting to incorporate multicultural, historical fiction will find this a positive addition to their shelves. --Courtney M. Krieger-Munday.

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Author:Krieger-Munday, Courtney M.
Publication:Voice of Youth Advocates
Article Type:Brief article
Date:Oct 1, 2015
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