2015 USA Regional Excellence Book Award Finalist - We Are the Warriors
How did Blake Newman end up on a Montana Indian Reservation?
There’s no snowboarding on this flat prairie, all his friends are back in Bozeman for their junior year, and his dad’s the school principal. Could it get much worse?
The visit to the Little Bighorn Battlefield doesn’t help. Custer and his men were killed on these hillsides fighting the Sioux and Cheyenne, tribes who sought to protect their land and lifestyle. How much hatred and anger still remained toward white people like himself?
He’d been stoked to compete in snowboarding and hang out with his friends in the Montana mountains. Now instead, he’s thrust into the middle of a culture he doesn’t understand, among people he doesn’t know.
"I was caught up in the story right from the beginning, Blake and his family are at the Little Bighorn Memorial site, having arrived a day early for the interviews both his parents have -- his father for the principalship of the high school (PRHS) and his mother with Indian Health Services (IHS). I hadn’t read very far before I got on the Internet to learn more about the site and to see photos of the “outlines of Indian warriors stretching up into the sky...in a circular area made of stones”. They are stunning.
"This is a great story to help young people learn more about different cultures and about learning to accept others. The snowboarding, football, and track and field sequences are all exciting and authentic. The various concept of culture are presented in a meaningful way, along with all the angst of being a teenager anywhere, white or native, coping with the pressures that entails. I loved the art trip to the big city and then to the Pictograph Caves; it’s great when you read about teachers (even fictional ones) who put themselves out to enrich the lives of their students." Lorraine Montgomery
"The author does a marvelous job of describing life on the Rez, the problems of trying to fit into a society in which you do not belong. She has done her research and paid attention to details that hurt and triumphs of the teenage soul. I look forward to reading more from this author and can only encourage her to write faster!" Mark Smiley
"We Are the Warriors is something unique in young adult fiction. There are no out of this world experiences, no mystical forces, nothing more or less than a teenager becoming a young man. Questions don’t have easy answers, the people in his life (as well as Blake himself) are not horrible demons or wise saints and in the end the young man has grown and learned but not become a hero." Jennifer Courtemanche
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