- ISBN: 1581960026
- ISBN: 9781581960020
- ISBN: 1581960220
- ISBN: 9781581960228
- Physical Description: 117 pages ; 20 cm
- Publisher: Plain City, OH : Darby Creek Pub., ©2003.
|General Note:|| MN American Indian literature.
|Formatted Contents Note:|| Box -- Creator's game -- Drumbeat -- Deer run -- Weltimore -- Cabinet -- Her decision -- Drills -- Another day --Coach Scott's story -- Game day -- Running home -- Shot -- Secure -- All play -- Warrior's home.
|Summary, etc.:|| Jake has left the reservation for Weltimore Academy and entered a different world. Everyone there loves lacrosse, but no one understands it the way Jake does, as an Iroquois. And no one understands Jake either. To the Iroquois, the game of lacrosse was more than recreation, more than competition. It was sacred. Young men and old played for Elder Brother, He Who Loves to Watch the People Play. Jake always remembered this. One of the best players on the reservation, he felt at home with his people and with himself. Then his mother took a job in Washington, D.C., and Jake entered a very different world. Weltimore Academy became his new home, living there as a boarding student while his mom traveled. Others at the school loved lacrosse, too, but not like Jake. Coach Scott trained them hard, offering violent stories about Indians that Jake knew were untrue. How could he make them understand the real game? Until they did, they would never understand him -- or understand the heart of a warrior.
|Target Audience Note:|| Middle School.
|Study Program Information Note:|| Accelerated Reader 5.5.
Reading Counts! 5.1.
|Awards Note:|| A Junior Library Guild selection.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2003 December #1
Gr. 5-8. Jake Forrest enjoys playing lacrosse on the Algonquin Indian reservation where he lives. He understands the way the game ties into his people's view of the world and their history. After his mother gets a job as an attorney, however, and enrolls Jake in a fancy Washington, D.C., boarding school, Jake finds his world disrupted. The school is lacrosse obsessed. Jake becomes a star of the team, but he's disturbed by his coach's failure to grasp the subtleties of the Indian approach to the sport. When a tragic shooting kills the coach, Jake organizes an all-school lacrosse game as a sort of prayer of healing. Young lacrosse fans or players may be disappointed that there aren't more descriptions of the game, and some readers may find that the novel's many messages overwhelm the characters and action. Still, there's plenty of thought-provoking material here about the place of sports in American society. ((Reviewed December 1, 2003)) Copyright 2003 Booklist Reviews
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