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I Am Apache

by Tanya Landman

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After fourteen-year-old Siki witnesses her families’ murder, she turns to the path of the warrior to get revenge, a rare choice for an Apache girl. As she becomes more proficient as an Apache warrior, she faces the dual challenges of the enmity of a fellow young Apache warrior and the mysterious, possibly dishonorable circumstances surrounding her father’s death. This is a work of historical fiction and parts of the story are loosely based on actual events. The author admits that she was not trying be completely true to history although she has tried to stay mostly authentic in the details of the time period and Landman does supply a list of resources she consulted in writing the book. Despite any historical inaccuracies, it is an excellent glimpse into what life would have been like for an Apache girl living on the edge of Mexico as the white man began to covet and steal the Apache’s land. Siki is a clever, proud, and determined protagonist despite being a bit dense when it comes to things like romance. This book does deal with a few mature themes such as revenge, death, and war so it would be more suited to girls 13 and up. ( )
  robincar | Oct 20, 2013 |
This book was a very good read. Hard to put down. I read it in one sitting. ( )
  SparklePonies | Feb 12, 2013 |
I am Apache, by Tanya Landman, tells the tale of an Apache girl who watched her family be murdered and seeks revenge. However, it is uncommon for a girl to walk the path of an Apache warrior, and so it is with difficulty that Siki must prove herself worthy to not only her tribe, but herself. Along the way she learns the truth about her father, causing her to question what it is, exactly, that makes her an Apache.

This young adult account of what it was like for an Apache living near the border of Mexico and during the time of the white man's invasion is nothing short of gripping. I was impressed with the detail the author provided in order to give an accurate account of their way of life, as well as her ability to weave a compelling tale filled with twists and plot turns that left me breathless at times.

There were only small things that could have made this book better. At times I felt the author repeated herself, as though her point on an aspect of the Apache way of life was not heeded earlier and needed to be said again. I also have a problem where there is a strong, intelligent protagonist that cannot seem to comprehend simple nuances (he's in love with you; that's why he's being elusive!). Other than that, though, I thought this book was well written and the story was one I will not soon forget. 4 out of 5 stars. ( )
  AmyElizabeth | Dec 18, 2010 |
KGV Shadowers REALLY wanted this book to win the 2008 Carnie Medal. A fascinating insight to a culture few of us have prior knowledge, with a strong and convincing female character, who by the last page of the book, the reader understands, even if they disagree with the choices that she makes.
Mrs. Farquhar January 2010
  KGVLibrary | Jan 18, 2010 |
Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

At fourteen, Siki knows that she will walk a difficult path among her tribe. Having no talent for women's work, Siki has chosen to live and train as a warrior. Many of her fellow tribesmen view her as a disgrace; an outcast. Siki only wishes for one thing - revenge.

The senseless murders of her mother and younger brother have sparked a bitterness within Siki that cannot be extinguished. Every day the attackers live is another reminder of how her family was slaughtered. Siki's warrior spirit is strong and will not be bent. The pride she feels for her people is boundless. Her training is arduous, but necessary. What she learns as an Apache warrior may very well save her life and the lives of her people.

Her path is chosen; she does not look back.

Landman expresses in her author's note that she has not tried to create an accurate historical novel, but rather one that is based on true events. She wished to explore how one might have felt if put in Siki's situation. The author allows Siki to narrate her own story, thus producing an extremely strong piece of writing. Because of this, the reader becomes intimately involved with Siki and the events surrounding her.

Siki is filled with wisdom and courage and that will appeal to many young readers. Those who follow her on her journey will not be disappointed. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763636649, Hardcover)

A young woman seeks to avenge her brother's death by becoming an Apache warrior — and learns a startling truth about her own identity.

After watching helplessly as Mexican raiders brutally murder her little brother, fourteen-year-old Siki is filled with a desire for vengeance and chooses to turn away from a woman's path to become a warrior of her Apache tribe. Though some men, like envious Keste, wish to see Siki fail, she passes test after test, and her skills grow under the guidance of her tribe's greatest warrior, Golahka. But Keste begins to whisper about Siki's father's dishonorable death, and even as Siki earns her place among the warriors, she senses a dark secret in her past — one that will throw into doubt everything she knows. Taking readers on a sweeping and suspenseful journey through the nineteenth-century American Southwest, Tanya Landman draws on historical accounts to imagine the Black Mountain Apache as a tribe in a fight for survival against the devastating progress of nations.

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A young Apache woman, Siki seeks to avenge her brother's death by becoming an Apache warrior -- and learns a startling truth about her own identity.

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