Jim Thorpe, Original All-American

Jim Thorpe, Original All-American

by Joseph Bruchac


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Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived.

He played professional football and Major League baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track and field. But his life wasn't easy. Born on a reservation, he endured family tragedy and was sent to various Native American boarding schools. Jim ran away from school many times, until he found his calling under the now-legendary coach Pop Warner. This is a book for history buffs as well as sports fans-an illuminating and lively read about a truly great American by award-winning author Joseph Bruchac.

"The novel is a superb blend of fiction and nonfiction, rooted in the author's usual careful research."—Kirkus Reviews 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142412336
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/02/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 180,426
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

Table of Contents

1 You Can Call Me Jim 1
2 Running Away 7
3 The Finest Game in the World 12
4 Carlisle's Visit 19
5 Back Home 24
6 Garden Grove 28
7 Off to Carlisle 35
8 Follow the Trolley Tracks 39
9 Cadet Thorpe 45
10 The Routine 49
11 Outing 54
12 Clearing the Bar 63
13 Keep a-Goin' 67
14 Ex 73
15 Summer at Carlisle 77
16 Nobody Tackles Jim 81
17 The World of the Football Boys 89
18 Indian Field 95
19 First Touchdown 100
20 The Association 114
21 Doing Well 119
22 Oklahoma Summer 127
23 Warm-Up Games 135
24 The Toughest Season 141
25 The Reluctant Track Star 148
26 Summer Ball 156
27 Being Missed 162
28 Tough Seasons 166
29 A Friend for Life 173
30 So Far, So Good 179
31 Iva 185
32 Harvard 192
33 All-American 198
34 Better Than Ever Before 204
35 Olympic Glory 213
36 All Kinds of Opportunities 224
37 The 1912 Season 230
38 Everything Comes to an End 243
39 Disgrace 247
40 Things Come Around 254 Author's Note 263 Bibliography 274

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Jim Thorpe, Original All-American: 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
kelleykl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Told from this first-person, this fictional autobiography tells the story of legendary football and track star, Jim Thorpe. The narrative primarily focuses on the years Thorpe spent at the Carlisle School for Indians in Pennsylvania. Bruchac uses an easy-to-read style that is filled with facts about football, life in an Indian boarding school and relationships that Thorpe forms. While this only a fictional account of part of Thorpe's life, the meticulous research makes it a great non-fiction selection for somewhat reluctant readers. This book is hefty, but middle school boys needing to find a biography to read will be relieved to discover this gem. Definitely a good choice where either football books or biographies are in high demand. I also recommend the audio version. Bruchac's skill as a performer is obvious in the narration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jim Thorpe original all american was a wonderful book to read over the month. to reall know he was a a real athlete icon for people every where that admires him. Jim was a fascinating man while reading Joseph Bruchac autobiography I think. Jim was a REAL athlete that not a lot of us can say for others, like winning Olympic gold medals in track and field, I haven't heard any other athlete doing what he did. Also he played pro football and MLB, that's a guy all kids can look up to if becoming a pro athlete.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book which relates to the lives of native americans and tells us a clear understanding of Jim's life. A great sports book and a must read
Guest More than 1 year ago
What genre is Mr. Bruchac's book? It is not really autobiography, though at first it seems to be. The author writes in the first person, as if he is Jim Thorpe. The problem is that a character should fit with his times and, using this method, Thorpe does not 'fit' with his. Mr. Bruchac puts a new head on old shoulders, meaning he gives Jim Thorpe insights about his life that he would only have looking back on his life - from the present time. About halfway through the book, we realize we are reading more about Joseph Bruchac and his feelings 'about the way Thorpe was treated' than we are about Thorpe himself. This short-changes Jim Thorpe. The author has an ax to grind, which becomes repetitious and tiresome. It is possible to write about Jim's life - all the unfair things that happened in it - without becoming pedantic. Just presenting facts about the way things were for Thorpe would be enough. When writing an historical book, it is necessary to give references as to the sources of the facts. If some of the facts seem wrong, this can tip the reader from belief to disbelief. If you are an author writing about a particular figure, or figures - in this case, Thorpe and Pop Warner - you owe it to them to be accurate. Unfortunately, there are mistakes among Mr. Bruchac's 'facts', no references to back them up - not even an index. At the end of the book, he actually states he is not naming all his sources. Is this the best model for young readers on how to write history? My grandfather managed the W&J team mentioned in the chapter 'The 1912 Season'. They held the Carlisle Indians to a scoreless tie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it was so exciting i saw the book in my ming as i read it.