I Am Nuchu by Brenda Stanley, Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
I Am Nuchu

I Am Nuchu

5.0 2
by Brenda Stanley

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Cheryl Williams Chang
Cal's mom is getting divorced and has decided to move the family from Spokane, Washington, to the Ute Indian reservation in Utah where she grew up. Cal, his brother and sister, are stunned by the harsh landscape and dilapidated buildings in the town where their new home will be. Cal and his siblings are half Caucasian and half Ute Indian. His heritage has never been a concern to him, but moving to the reservation, where he did not want to be, Cal comes face to face with racism. He soon finds out that there are secrets embedded in his family's past. He wants to understand these secrets, but no one will talk. He discovers that he had an aunt, but she was murdered. Cal is determined to find answers, but the closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous his search becomes. A terrible accident occurs, causing more problems and unanswered questions. This fast paced suspense-drama-mystery is well worth the read. The subjects of racism, peer pressure, self-discovery, and the meaning of family are portrayed in this novel. High school social studies, history, and humanities classes could easily offer this book as well as a high school library. Reviewer: Cheryl Williams Chang
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—After a divorce, Cal, Doran, and their younger sister move with their mother from Spokane, WA, to "the res"—Fort Duchesne in Eastern Utah. Older brother Cal is unhappy with the move, while Doran, a "contented soul," is willing to make the best of it. They move in with their grandfather, a tribal elder, and begin to experience their Indian heritage. The author doesn't sugarcoat the drinking and the dead ends that exist at the Fort. The shortcomings of white folks in town are just as starkly portrayed, with taunts of "Tonto" and racist cutouts taped to lockers at school. The author treads lightly when discussing Native American traditions, as her characters are out of touch with their Indian heritage, and readers and Cal learn together that Nuchu is the name that Ute people call themselves. The story and characters sometimes seem thinly drawn. The revelation that Eddie (a possible victim of fetal alcohol syndrome) is a close relative causes barely a ripple of comment. There is a paternity secret that everyone (but the two brothers) seems to be in on, and a long-past murder and one within the narrative, both of which get little real investigation. The stories of some of the characters seem to be missing pieces or are unfinished. Suicidal tendencies of one of them appear out of nowhere. Still, the strong sense of place, a basketball plotline, and Cal's gradual appreciation of both sides of his heritage might draw some readers to this novel.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley School, Fort Worth, TX

Product Details

West Side Books
Publication date:
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >