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Joseph Bruchac

Author of Code Talker

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About the Author

Joseph Bruchac, author of more than seventy books for children and adults, is also an acclaimed storyteller and poet. He has received many prestigious literary awards, including the American Book Award, the PEN Syndicated Fiction Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Native Writers' show more Circle of The Americas show less
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Works by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker (2005) 2,346 copies
Skeleton Man (2001) 1,163 copies
Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back (1992) — Author — 915 copies
Sacajawea (2000) 903 copies
The Arrow over the Door (1998) 592 copies
A Boy Called Slow (1995) 584 copies
Children of the Longhouse (1996) 535 copies
Eagle Song (1997) 515 copies
How Chipmunk Got His Stripes (2001) 457 copies
Pocahontas (2003) 348 copies
Rabbit's Snow Dance (2012) 324 copies
The Dark Pond (2000) 299 copies
Bearwalker (2007) 281 copies
The Heart of a Chief (1998) 258 copies
Crazy Horse's Vision (2000) 257 copies
The Winter People (2002) 248 copies
March Toward the Thunder (2008) 219 copies
Rez Dogs (2021) 206 copies
The Warriors (2003) 168 copies
Killer of Enemies (2013) 168 copies
Turtle's Race with Beaver (2003) 164 copies
Geronimo (2006) 148 copies
Wabi: A Hero's Tale (2006) 137 copies
Hidden Roots (2004) 135 copies
Two Roads (2018) 132 copies
Peacemaker (2021) 124 copies
Native Plant Stories (1995) 106 copies
Wolf Mark (2011) 105 copies
Talking Leaves (2013) 105 copies
The Return of Skeleton Man (2006) 104 copies
Dawn Land (1993) 104 copies
Buffalo Song (2008) 95 copies
Native North American Literary Companion (1995) — Managing Editor — 92 copies
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path (2004) 91 copies
The Circle of Thanks (1996) 88 copies
Fox Song (1993) 86 copies
Whisper in the Dark (2005) 83 copies
Dragon Castle (2011) 78 copies
Raccoon's Last Race (2004) 75 copies
Night Wings (2009) 74 copies
Sports Shorts (2005) — Contributor — 49 copies
Lay-Ups and Long Shots (2008) — Contributor — 48 copies
Found (Pathfinders) (2020) 23 copies
Graphic Classics: Native American Classics (2013) — Editor — 23 copies
Can Turtle Fly? (2004) 23 copies
New Voices from the Longhouse (1989) — Editor — 23 copies
Long River (1619) 22 copies
Chenoo (2016) 22 copies
Walking Two Worlds (2015) 16 copies
How Killer Whale Came to Be (1994) 14 copies
The Long Run (2016) 12 copies
No Borders (1998) 12 copies
At Home on the Earth (2000) 11 copies
Voices of the People (2022) 11 copies
Seeing the Circle (1999) 8 copies
At the End of Ridge Road (2005) 7 copies
Wolf Cub's Song (2020) 7 copies
Rose Eagle (2014) 6 copies
Translator's Son (1980) 5 copies
Entering Onondaga (1978) 4 copies
Emma's Gift (1995) 4 copies
Above the Line: New Poems (2003) 4 copies
Red Letter Days 3 copies
Coyote Tales 3 copies
Near The Mountains (1987) 2 copies
Gluskabe Stories (1990) 2 copies
Flow (1975) 2 copies
Remembering the Dawn (1983) 2 copies
The Manabozho Poems (1974) 1 copy
Night Sky 1 copy
Vindørnen (1985) 1 copy
The poetry of pop (1973) 1 copy
Tracking (1986) 1 copy

Associated Works

Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 351 copies
Ancestor Approved: Intertribal Stories for Kids (2021) — Contributor — 303 copies
We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (2018) — Contributor — 220 copies
Guys Read: The Sports Pages (2012) — Contributor — 198 copies
Talking Leaves: Contemporary Native American Short Stories (1991) — Contributor — 193 copies
Growing Up Native American (1993) — Contributor — 170 copies
Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond (2013) — Contributor — 147 copies
Shattered: Stories of Children and War (2002) — Contributor — 146 copies
Baseball Crazy: Ten Short Stories that Cover All the Bases (2008) — Contributor — 119 copies
Dear Teen Me: Authors Write Letters to Their Teen Selves (2012) — Contributor — 113 copies
Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court (2011) — Contributor — 107 copies
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Hero Next Door (2019) — Contributor — 89 copies
USA Noir: Best of the Akashic Noir Series (2013) — Contributor — 85 copies
Moccasin Thunder: American Indian Stories for Today (2005) — Contributor — 85 copies
Earth Song, Sky Spirit (1993) — Contributor — 67 copies
The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2013 Edition (2013) — Contributor — 65 copies
Yonder Mountain: A Cherokee Legend (1999) — Foreword — 62 copies
Song of the Turtle: American Indian Literature 1974-1994 (1996) — Contributor — 61 copies
Indian Country Noir (2010) — Contributor — 59 copies
Thanku: Poems of Gratitude (2019) — Contributor — 54 copies
Face Relations: 11 Stories about Seeing beyond Color (2004) — Contributor — 52 copies
What a Song Can Do: 12 Riffs on the Power of Music (2004) — Contributor — 50 copies
Atomic Ghost: Poets Respond to the Nuclear Age (1995) — Contributor — 30 copies
Skunny Wundy: Seneca Indian Tales (1926) — Foreword, some editions — 28 copies
Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas (2011) — Contributor — 26 copies
Without Reservation: Indigenous Erotica (2003) — Contributor — 25 copies
For Neruda, For Chile: An International Anthology (1975) — Contributor — 23 copies
Skins: Contemporary Indigenous Writing (2000) — Contributor — 19 copies
Voices Under One Sky: Contemporary Native Literature (1994) — Contributor — 19 copies
Wounds beneath the flesh (1983) — Contributor — 16 copies
Exotic Gothic 4 (2012) — Contributor — 12 copies
Spirit of the Earth: Indian Voices on Nature (Sacred Worlds) (2017) — Foreword, some editions — 11 copies
Stories for a Winter's Night (2000) — Contributor — 8 copies
Durable Breath: Contemporary Native American Poetry (1994) — Contributor — 6 copies
Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology (2014) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 9, May 1978 (1978) — Contributor — 5 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 6, February 1981 (1981) — Contributor — 3 copies
Cricket Magazine, Vol. 3, No. 1, September 1975 (1975) — Contributor — 3 copies


(115) American history (127) animals (137) anthology (221) biography (250) Cherokee (134) children (122) children's (140) culture (92) family (105) fantasy (105) fiction (799) folklore (342) folktale (154) folktales (139) graphic novel (100) historical fiction (599) history (417) horror (126) Indians (101) indigenous (150) legends (105) multicultural (203) mystery (110) Native American (1,318) Native Americans (907) Navajo (122) non-fiction (364) picture book (393) poetry (284) realistic fiction (97) short stories (312) social studies (93) sports (120) Thanksgiving (161) to-read (616) war (120) WWII (301) YA (159) young adult (173)

Common Knowledge

Abenaki Nation
United States of America
Country (for map)
Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Places of residence
Porter Corners, New York, USA
Cornell University
Syracuse University
Union Institute of Ohio
Bruchac, James (son)
Bruchac, Carol (wife)
Bruchac, Jesse Bowman (son)
Greenfield Review Literary Center
Greenfield Review Press
Skidmore College
Awards and honors
NYS CAPS (1974)
Lifetime Achievement Award, Native Writers Circle of The Americas (1999)
Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature (1996)
Short biography
James Bruchac is an award-winning storyteller, writer, and editor. He is of Abenanki Indian, English, and Slovac origin. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. [from The Great Ball Game, 1994)



dwtolson | 34 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
IRL: Kindergarten - 3
Awards: NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book For Young People
marissaluke96 | 34 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
this book is a historical fiction about the Navajo code talkers of world war two. This book was incredibly well written with themes of language, culture, and patriotism. This is an important story to talk about, especially in school as it shines a light on some of the more overlooked heroes of world war two, their challenges, and their inspiring story
kaylee.dicey | 70 other reviews | Apr 23, 2024 |
Gr 3–8—While her parents are sheltering in place in Boston, Malian, an eighth grade Penacook girl, tries to keep
herself and her grandparents safe from COVID-19 on their reservation. In this novel in verse, Bruchac takes a look
at life in lockdown through the eyes of a girl coping with boredom, isolation, and the need to find her place. The text
addresses residential schools, relocation, and forced sterilization, as well as racial justice and the disproportionate
way that COVID-19 spread in marginalized communities.… (more)
BackstoryBooks | 14 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |



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