Heart of A Chief

( 2 )

Overview

Chris's life is complicated. At school, he's been selected to lead a project on sports teams with Indian names. At home, on the Penacook reservation, the Indians are divided about building a casino. It would destroy the beautiful island Chris thinks of as his own. Is there anything one sixth-grade boy can do?

"Chris's compelling voyage of self-discovery is grounded in everyday events...allowing readers to see into the heart of this burgeoning chief."
-Publishers Weekly

"Readers ...

See more details below
Paperback (Reprint)
$6.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (47) from $1.99   
  • New (16) from $3.64   
  • Used (31) from $1.99   
Note: Kids' Club Eligible. See More Details.
Sending request ...

Overview

Chris's life is complicated. At school, he's been selected to lead a project on sports teams with Indian names. At home, on the Penacook reservation, the Indians are divided about building a casino. It would destroy the beautiful island Chris thinks of as his own. Is there anything one sixth-grade boy can do?

"Chris's compelling voyage of self-discovery is grounded in everyday events...allowing readers to see into the heart of this burgeoning chief."
-Publishers Weekly

"Readers who see injustice in their own lives will admire how much Chris accomplishes with a simple message of respect."
-Booklist

An eleven-year-old Penacook Indian boy living on a reservation faces his father's alcoholism, a controversy surrounding plans for a casino on a tribal island, and insensitivity toward Native Americans in his school and nearby town.

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"Bruchac explores what it means to be Native American in a modern society through the perceptive first-person narrative of 11-year-old Chris Nicola," said PW. Ages 8-12. (Aug.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Chris Nicola, a Penacook Indian youngster, discovers that he possesses the makings of a chief in this heartwarming tale of loyalty and courage. Chris, normally a quiet and shy boy, unwittingly finds himself in the middle of both a tribal conflict regarding the building of a casino on his reservation, and a local debate about the name of the high school mascot. Add to all of this confusion the fact that Chris's father is a recovering alcoholic and his grandfather and great aunt both have failing health, and you'll understand the pressures that are bearing down on Chris. Bruchac's story is told from Chris's point of view, and it is immediately clear that Chris is wise beyond his years, as he stands up to intense peer pressure and family heartache. Bruchac writes with a passion and understanding of life on the reservation and expresses contemporary Native American conflict beautifully through Chris's words and stories. I particularly liked the story of Laughing Louis. While Bruchac definitely has an axe to grind concerning the use of Native American mascots, Chris is never preachy and rarely combative. This would be a particularly useful book for Social Science teachers, as it is easy to read and could be fodder for a number of interesting and evocative discussions regarding the conditions of contemporary Native American society. 2001 (orig. 1998), Puffin/Penguin, Ages 12 up.
—Tom Jones
Children's Literature - Catherine Petrini
"We didn't go away," Chris Nicola tells his sixth-grade class. "They tried to drive us off the land.... But we're still here." Chris, a Penacook Indian, craves the comfort of anonymity among the non-Indian majority at his new school. But even more, he wants people to know that Indians exist beyond stereotypes and history books. Chris's intelligence, passion, and likability make him a natural leader, and he even comes to enjoy his new role at school. Still, he loves his life at home on the reservation, despite its poverty and shattered dreams. He especially loves the island that is the heart of his people, now threatened by a planned casino. Suddenly Chris finds himself at the center of two controversies. At school he sparks a debate on the use of an Indian name for school sports teams, while at home he commits an impulsive act of protest that polarizes the reservation on the casino issue. Can one kid make a difference? To Chris's surprise, the answer is yes. And with a Penacook name that means "bridge," he is the perfect person to bring two cultures together. This latest novel from Joseph Bruchac is a warm, realistic portrayal of a boy who values his people's past while working for a better future. Written with knowledge, insight, and lyricism, it's sure to be an award winner.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141312361
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 484,523
  • Age range: 8 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 2.5
( 2 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(1)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(1)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2009

    Surprisingly good book

    I was not looking forward to reading the Heart of the Chief but once I did I loved it. The author did a great job using different figures of speech, anecdotes, character building, and much more. I learned a lot while having a lot of fun reading this book. Now, I am interested in learning more about Native Americans.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2008

    No text was provided for this review.

Sort by: Showing all of 2 Customer Reviews

If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
Why is this product inappropriate?
Comments (optional)