When the Legends Die [NOOK Book]

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A young Native American walks between the lonesome forest where he was raised and the complicated modern world he must navigate to survive
 
Thomas Black Bull’s parents forsook the life of a modern reservation and took to ancient paths in the woods, teaching their young son the stories and customs of his ancestors. But Tom’s life changes forever when he loses his father in a tragic accident and his mother dies shortly afterward. When Tom ...
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When the Legends Die

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Overview


A young Native American walks between the lonesome forest where he was raised and the complicated modern world he must navigate to survive
 
Thomas Black Bull’s parents forsook the life of a modern reservation and took to ancient paths in the woods, teaching their young son the stories and customs of his ancestors. But Tom’s life changes forever when he loses his father in a tragic accident and his mother dies shortly afterward. When Tom is discovered alone in the forest with only a bear cub as a companion, life becomes difficult. Soon, well-meaning teachers endeavor to reform him, a rodeo attempts to turn him into an act, and nearly everyone he meets tries to take control of his life.
 
Powerful and timeless, When the Legends Die is a captivating story of one boy learning to live in harmony with both civilization and wilderness.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781453232347
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • Publication date: 11/29/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 298
  • Sales rank: 143,778
  • Age range: 12 years
  • File size: 529 KB

Meet the Author


Hal Borland (1900–1978) was a nature writer and novelist who produced numerous bestselling books including memoirs and young adult classics, as well as decades of nature writing for the New York Times. Borland considered himself a “natural philosopher,” and he was interested in exploring the way human life was bound to the greater world of plants, animals, and natural processes. 
 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    The legend lives on

    When the Ledgends Die is a great book that i very much enjoyed reading and i reccomend it to anyone who likes to read. If you like suvival stories this is the book for you. This book is about a young Indian boy named Tom who runs away with his mom in the middle of the night to be with his father who is wanted for murder. After Tom's father dies his mother also dies in grief. Tom being all alone decides to return to his ancesters ways of life. Tom lays down a vow saying that he will never return to the white man's world. This is a good story because it shows how Tom finds his true idenity. The story is full of Tom facing obstacles in the wild and how he learns to survive them. The conflicts in the story are man vs society and man vs nature. If those are the book you like then this is the book for you.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2008

    Real Life

    A real life look at what the Native people had to go through. A great book with much insight if you want to find it. Yes it is sad but definitely not boring. We read it every year in school and the students always gain a new appreciation and perspective on life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2007

    holy smokes

    This book is truly a masterpiece. It had some of my favorite qualities in a book. Some of these qualities include suspense, survival, and heart. The book did have some parts where you wonder why didn't he do this or that. In towards the end you figure out why. The author leads you on leads you on, then just as you think something is going to happen the author sends you another direction. I love it when the author does that! Something in this book I do not like is when something is going so perfect then a bad guy comes in and ruins it, but that adds suspense. This book takes you on a ride without one dull moment. It will keeping you awake late at night and you won't close the book until the very end.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2007

    A reviewer

    I am the Thomas Black Bull that became a famous cowboy and was in the film with 'Richard Widmark' called 'When The Legend dies' released in June 1972 and is still sold in video. I won twenty(20) World titles and will soon put my web site on the internet. I have spent the last 25 years in Brazil working in the Amazon - I hold Rodeo titles in all the Nations of South America, Again, get the video with 'RICHARD WIDMARK' it will be the greatest rodeo ever 'When The Legend Dies' I'm still alive--Thomasblackbull@hotmail.com

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    Awesome book of survival

    I first read this book about 20 yrs ago and I loved it then and have been looking for it to read again.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2012

    Great book

    I love it and im only halfway through!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2006

    when the legends die

    i liked this book, but at the end when he was going through all this wierd stuff, it got pretty stressful. you start to feel like the character in this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 9, 2014

    One favorite since childhood.

    I was so excited to see this in eBook format. Love this book!

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  • Posted February 1, 2014

    I read this as a teenager back in the 70's. It is one of the few

    I read this as a teenager back in the 70's. It is one of the few books that made be gasp when I set it down. I sat there for felt like an eternity pondering the book, its story, and the impact on me. I think it was one of the reasons I got a degree in Anthropology and the reason I supported the Judge Boldt decision that changed fishing rights in Washington State forever. 
    -- Michael

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Whitney

    I'm in 5th grade and i understood every detail

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  • Posted June 16, 2009

    When the Legends Die, We get the pleasure of a forced read.

    I was forced to read this for an English class, unfortunately. Nothing happens in this book, I assure you. If you read bits and parts, you've pretty much read the whole story. The first few chapters were okay, but once Thomas grows up, he runs into boring, cheating characters and predictable events. The chapters are long and thoughtless, the characters are plain, and the action is limited. Do not waste pleasure reading on this;put it to better use.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2008

    depressing.

    this book was pretty good, but i felt extremely depressed when tom was forced to live on the reservation and go to school. i thought it was sad, and i like to read books for pleasure, not like this. but never the less, the book is still good, but sad and depressing at the same time, especially since it was written during the great depression.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2007

    I wish this 'legend' would die

    I was assigned to read this book for a school project, so unfortionately had no choice but to read it. I wish that I could've read something else because this book is a big bore. Everything is predictable and it seems like it's the same thing repeated in most of the chapters. There is no excitement or cliff-hangers. Take my warning: don't waste your time reading this boring and predictable novel.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2005

    Crossen's Opinion

    Hey i'm Mike Crossen and I just wanted to share that I thought this book was very thought out and written well. I thought the plot was very creative, how Tom and his mother leave in the night to be with his father who is a fugitive. Then Tom's father dies and later his mother dies in grief. I thought it was creative that Tom stays in the wild by himself making a vow that he will never return to the white man's world. I thought the detail put into the story was good and it so that i could image what was going on at times. For example i could picture Tom all alone surrounded by tons of forest waiting and preparing to kill for food. I give this book three and a half stars and recomend it to anyone who likes survival stories or just likes to read. Bye

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2004

    I wish I'd read another book...

    This book was o.k. I had to read it this summer as a school assignment. Parts of the book are extremely descriptive but the majority of the book is dull. The characters are well portrayed and the book it's self as a good message, but all together it was a Snooz to read. I wish we'd been assigned another book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2003

    Borland and Blackbull: A Winning Combination

    Hal Borland writes an action packed novel involving descriptions of the Ute Indian tribe, the transition from a Native American way of life to the ¿white¿ ways, and the dangerous life of a rodeo star. I liked this novel because it had great messages for the reader. The author did a great job of explaining how isolated a person can feel when life does not go as planned. I would recommend this book to young adult readers interested in learning about the struggle to find out who you are. Thomas Blackbull, the main character in the novel, is a person that everyone can relate to in one sense or another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2002

    legends is amazing

    I read this book for Native American Arts class, and it soon became one of my favorite books! Not only was it impecably written, but it was written at a level where just about anyone 7th and up could understand it. It addresses many issues that are apparent in today's society especially discovering one's own identity. This is an excellent must read book for people of all ages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2002

    what i feel about the book

    When the ledgens die would have to be some of my fav. books ever. Tom grew up in the mountains he only speaked ute and only new the old way.One day a old family friend searched for tom and convinced him to come with him and teach the old ways. He tricked tom and had him at a reservation school and changed his came to thomas. he refused to learn the white mans way and sune found his way riding bronks to death.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    It pulled up feelings long forgetten

    This book started out as a task but as I read on the need to read more and more overcame me. It was like breathing or eating. It brought up new thoughts and old thoughts I never wanted to deal with, but seeing Tom's courage made me get out of my seat and do something. If you like to have new thoughts provoked then this book is the book for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2001

    Great book about finding who you are!

    This is a great book about finding who you are...but it is a little too slow for my taste at first. After a while, when the story is developed, it gets exciting. This is a good book for people of all ages, especially guys.

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