The Winter People

Full of history, danger, courage and raw survival, this compelling novel by acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac is certain to have readers on the edge of their seat, start to finish The Dallas Morning NewsSaxso is fourteen when the British attack his village It s 1759, and war is raging in the northeast between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people Saxso s p Full of history, danger, courage and raw survival, this compelling novel by acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac is certain to have readers on the edge of their seat, start to finish The Dallas Morning NewsSaxso is fourteen when the British attack his village It s 1759, and war is raging in the northeast between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people Saxso s people by their side Without enough warriors to defend their homes, Saxso s village is burned to the ground Many people are killed, but some, including Saxso s mother and two sisters, are taken hostage Now it s up to Saxso, on his own, to track the raiders and bring his family back home before it s too late Historical fiction doesn t get much better than this The narrative itself is thrilling Booklist, starred review A heartbreaking but exciting story School Library Journal, starred reviewWinner of the Disney Adventures Best Historical Fiction AwardAn SLJ Best Book of the YearA New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age
The Winter People Full of history danger courage and raw survival this compelling novel by acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac is certain to have readers on the edge of their seat start to finish The Dallas Morning New

  • Title: The Winter People
  • Author: Joseph Bruchac
  • ISBN: 9780142402290
  • Page: 181
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Winter People”

    1. Since we teach using Code Talker, I couldn't have been more excited to meet Mr. Bruchac in person when he appeared at the Utica library to share Abenaki folk stories and music. I picked up several fiction & nonfiction titles I had never even heard about, and this one intrigued me the most because it's about a Native American conflict with the Rogers Rangers, from whom my husband proudly claims to be descended. Whoah, though, as the Rogers Rangers are portrayed as the quintessential nasty whi [...]

    2. Saxso is a young Indian boy who has to protect his family from anything bad. His father died from fighting at war. Saxso has 2 younger sisters and a mother. One night, there was a celebration in the village and there was a lot of music and dancing. After a while, Saxso decided to go outside to take a breath of fresh air. While he was outside, a rosebush started speaking to him. He later figured out that behind the rosebush, was Samadagwis. Samadagwis is an English soldier who knew the village ve [...]

    3. My son rates this book. The story is about an Abinaki Indian living in St. Francis. The way of their village is a cross between their old ways and the integration of the Roman Catholic French. They are in a time of peace when a friend warns of a raid that will take place before the coming dawn by the Bostoniaks and the White Devil Rogers. Saxso is 14 winters old and in charge of his family. He must keep them safe. The moral of the story is not be bitter, keep the winter out/aka hatred and keep t [...]

    4. Valuable for the traditional lore about the land and the narrator's native culture. The prose itself is pretty average, and the first several chapters are full of badfic cliches. OTOH, it's YA and really pretty decent for a boy's adventure story. There's a fair bit of horror and violence, so I would recommend for age eleven to fourteen unless the child's pretty inured to gore.

    5. Jerrit Schramm5-1-087-1The Winter PeopleThis book is about a fourteen-year-old boy, named Saxon, who is growing up in a Native American Village. The book takes place during the time that the white settlers were exploring and civilizing America. At the time, the Native Americans were at that location at that particular time. The British though did not like them there so they started to launch surprise attacks on the village. The British outnumbered the Natives, one Native for every 100 British so [...]

    6. Author’s craftJoseph Bruchac built the mood throughout the book; The Winter People by showing how hard Saxso’s life really is for example near the beginning of the book it says “ ‘kedodemokawleba. I must warn you. It is the Long Knives,’ said the whisperer. ‘ They are here. All around the village to the north and east and south. Kedatsowi wakwatahogaba! They will wipe you out! Some of them watch your council even now. Tell the people they must get the elderly, the women, and children [...]

    7. This is a great book. I have taught a brief unit on the French & Indian War for many years, but this book taught me about parts of that war that I never knew. It is historical fiction for children (upper elementary), though there is enough violence and death in it that I would not recommend it to every child. It tells of one small part of the French & Indian War from the viewpoint of the Abenaki tribe, in particular, one boy who is about 14 years old. Bruchac tells a compelling story, fu [...]

    8. Enjoyed this story of events in the F&I war from the "other side", that of the French Canadians /Abenaki rather than the more common British pov. Good "voice"- the cadence of the writing made me 'hear' the Abenaki speech patterns rather than plain english. I liked that the ending was not pat - not quite forgiveness for the wrongs but acknowledgement that there were decent people on both sides of the conflict. Made a nice change from the typical bloodthirsty portrayal of the French allied peo [...]

    9. This was a good book. It was really interesting to see the "captive story" from the other perspective (as compared to Indian Captive where a white girl is taken by Native Americans). This story is about an Abenaki boy who's family is taken by "Bostoniak" (English) rangers in a raid. He then has to try and save them himself as his father was killed a few years before. This book has enough introspection to developed the main character well, but enough action to keep young readers interested. Boys [...]

    10. I really enjoyed this book. Pluses were the imagery, a few laughs in an otherwise heavy story, and I always appreciate finding something I can relate to in unexpected places. Minuses were that it felt slow to get to where it was obviously headed in the beginning, the conflicts and danger were unusually short compared to how long it took to build up to them, and a few sort of far fetched, much too convenient things. Overall though, the minuses were forgivable in exchange for the rest of the heart [...]

    11. Bruchac's straightforward prose makes a difficult historical event approachable and understandable. Told from the perspective of a 14 year old boy (eager to be a warrior), the story gives a glimpse inside the lives and culture of the Abenaki as they balance their traditions with French influences. An eye opening look at the time and a reminder that there are no winners in a war.

    12. This was a very good story. Told of the hardship this young man had to go through to help save his mother and sisters.

    13. An Abenaki adolescent seeks out his family after they were captured by Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War.

    14. A historically interesting viewpoint of a Canadian Native American tribe and their interaction between the French and English. A great middle school read.

    15. Sazso is 14 and the only male left in his family. After a surprise raid by English troops, he must set out alone to rescue his mother and sisters from captivity.

    16. This book should be part of middle grade Social Studies class or U.S. History, because Americans and Indigenous tribes share the same historical timeline, but only one version is taught in schools. Besides more accurate historical knowledge of the U.S the journey endured by the protagonist yields a sizable amount of indigenous knowledge, which can be restorative for anyone to learn. Sacred are the bonds between the people and to their land, which is the meager hope that survives this tale.

    17. The book is good. It has a really good plot to it. I was always thinking what the main character was going to do next.

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