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Runs with Horses
     

Runs with Horses

by Brian Burks
 

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Sixteen years old in 1886, Runs With Horses is a member of the last small band of Apaches continuing to resist the U.S. Army. His training for manhood as a Chiricahua Apache has been difficult but thrilling, and he is eager to accomplish the final two of the four raids required to become a warrior. Sadly, this is not possible when they at last surrender to the U.S

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Sixteen years old in 1886, Runs With Horses is a member of the last small band of Apaches continuing to resist the U.S. Army. His training for manhood as a Chiricahua Apache has been difficult but thrilling, and he is eager to accomplish the final two of the four raids required to become a warrior. Sadly, this is not possible when they at last surrender to the U.S. Army. “With its compact size, terse sentences, large print, and action-packed plot, the book is certain to lure reluctant readers, and history buffs will applaud the factual epilogue and bibliography.”--Booklist

Editorial Reviews

The ALAN Review - Mike Angelotti
Brian Burks attempts to portray the thoughts and feelings of Runs With Horses, a sixteen-year-old Chiracahua Apache brave preparing to become a warrior in Geronimo's last band of free Apaches. Runs With Horses distinguishes himself in the rigorous tests of mind and body only to be denied the final test in battle by Geronimo's surrender to General Miles in 1886. Brian Burks writes a well-researched, credible story, holding back neither the brutality of the Apache in battle nor the dishonor of the white man in treaty. More than that, Runs With Horses is a well-written piece of fiction that will likely capture the imagination and educate the sensitivity of readers young and old. The only criterion is that they are capable of responding to the uncomplicated language and structure of this worthwhile human study. This slim volume also offers a magnetic oral read. I loved it no less than the fourth and seven graders and college students with whom I shared it.
Children's Literature - Tim Whitney
Sixteen-year-old Runs With Horses is a member of the last small group of Apaches that is continuing to resist capture in the Southwest by the U.S. Army in 1886. His father Red Knife is training him for manhood as an Apache warrior by teaching him the way of his ancestors, but none of this teaching prepares Runs With Horses for the imminent surrender to the white man and life on a reservation. The book is reminiscent of Paulsen's style with simple sentence structure and easy vocabulary and has plenty of adventure to capture the attention of the reluctant reader. This book has a stronger appeal to males, but both genders will enjoy this coming-of-age story in the American Indian culture.
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9Set in Mexico's Sierra Madre mountains during 1886, this is the story of Runs with Horses, an Apache youth who is embarking on a series of trials in order to become a warrior. His father, Red Knife, and the ever-famous Geronimo are the elders who direct his rites of passage, which range from running up and down a mountain without spilling a mouthful of water to assisting in raids on neighboring Mexicans. A young man's desire to be accepted by his peers as well as by his father is accurately portrayed. Bravery, honor, and respect are stressed throughout, and fiction is integrated smoothly with historical details. The story takes place over a short period of time, and will keep readers involved. Fans of westerns and Gary Paulsen's books would probably be the best candidates for this one.Julie Shatterly, Gaston County Public Library, Gastonia, NC

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152009946
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/01/1995
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.87(h) x (d)
Lexile:
850L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 15 Years

Meet the Author


Brian Burks's Wrango was recently awarded the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Fiction. He lives in Tularosa, New Mexico.

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