Native American Fiction for Middle Schoolers

Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, Y Fiction Alexie
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

Bone dance by Martha Brooks, Y Fiction Brooks
When her father wills her a cabin on land in rural Manitoba, Alexandra meets a young man who shares her Indian heritage and her experience of being haunted by spirits.

The Brave by Robert Lipsyte, Y Fiction Lipsyte
After leaving the Indian reservation for New York, Sonny Bear learns to control his rage in order to train for the boxing ring with Alfred Brooks, an ex-boxer who is now a policeman.

Canyons by Gary Paulsen, Y Fiction Paulsen
Finding a skull on a camping trip in the canyons outside El Paso, Texas, Brennan becomes involved with the fate of a young Apache Indian who lived in the late 1800s.

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac, Y Fiction Bruchac
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marines to become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their native tongue.

The Dark Pond by Joseph Bruchac, Y Fiction Bruchac
After he feels a mysterious pull drawing him toward a dark, shadowy pond in the woods, Armie looks to old Native American tales for guidance about the dangerous monster lurking in the water.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell, Y Fiction O'Dell
Left alone on a beautiful but isolated island off the coast of California, a young Indian girl spends eighteen years, not only merely surviving through her enormous courage and self-reliance, but also finding a measure of happiness in her solitary life.

Offsides by Erik Esckilsen, Y Fiction Esckilsen
Tom Gray, a Mohawk Indian and star soccer player, moves to a new high school and refuses to play for the Warriors with their insulting mascot.

The Primrose Way by Jackie French Koller, Y Fiction Koller
Sixteen-year-old Rebekah joins her missionary father in New England in the 1630's and, after being

Rain is Not my Indian Name by Cynthia Leitich Smith, Y Fiction Smith
Tired of staying in seclusion since the death of her best friend, a fourteen-year-old Native American girl takes on a photographic assignment with her local newspaper to cover events at the Native American summer youth camp.

Redemption by Julie Chibbaro, Y Fiction Chibbaro
Chronicles the arduous journey of a twelve-year-old English girl and her mother as they flee with other religious protesters to the New World in the early 1500's, and the heartbreak and hope they find when they arrive.

Sacajawea : the story of Bird Woman and the Lewis and Clark Expedition by Joseph Bruchac, Y Fiction Bruchac
Sacajawea, a Shoshoni Indian interpreter, peacemaker, and guide, and William Clark alternate in describing their experiences on the Lewis and Clark Expedition to the Northwest.

Sorceress by Celia Rees, Y Fiction Rees
Eighteen-year-old Agnes, a Mohawk Indian who is descended from a line of shamanic healers, uses her own newly-discovered powers to uncover the story of her ancestor, a seventeenth-century New England English healer who fled charges of witchcraft to make her life with the local Indians.

Sweetgrass by Jan Hudson, Y Fiction Hudson
Living on the western Canadian prairie in the nineteenth century, Sweetgrass, a fifteen-year-old Blackfoot Indian girl, saves her family from a smallpox epidemic and proves her maturity to her father.

Sweetgrass Basket by Marlene Carvell, Y Fiction Carvell
In alternating passages, two Mohawk sisters describe their lives at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, established in 1879 to educate Native Americans, as they try to assimilate into white culture and one of them is falsely accused of stealing.

Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen, Y Fiction Mikaelsen
After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan Island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.

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