Featured Children's Books
Native Voices Books is the publisher of Tim Tingle's
A Name Earned. "Bobby Byington needed to nearly die in order for his dad to finally stop drinking.
Now that the Choctaw teen's father is sober, Bobby is able to experience the endearing
side of his father. Unfortunately, Bobby's best friend and high school basketball
teammate, a white boy named Lloyd Blanton, is caught in the middle of a domestic
violence crisis when his alcoholic father is accused of assaulting his mother.
Lloyd's father claims the incident was an accident, leaving Lloyd and the rest of
the community to carry the weight of Mr. Blanton's denial and the consequences of
his father's actions. Recalling his own past experience with an alcoholic father,
Bobby attempts to console Lloyd, channeling their angst through the camaraderie they
find on the basketball court. This story of friendship shows how a supportive Native American
community comes together to support a wounded family, as Bobby is joined by his Cherokee
friend Johnny and their Choctaw basketball coach. In Bobby and Lloyd, Tingle highlights
the resilience that young people have as they navigate family challenges. What is most
special is the bond that develops between Bobby and his father, a father-son relationship
that defies the odds, depicting a healed father on the other side of sobriety. An empathetic
story that any teen dealing with family alcoholism can connect to. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Wisdom Tales Press has reissued Paul Goble's
Horse Raid: Making of a Warrior (originally titled Lone Bull's Horse Raid)
with a new Foreword by Joseph Bruchac. Based on actual accounts of Plains Indian horse
raiding, Goble provides a beautifully illustrated first person account of how, helped by
his grandfather, a fourteen-year-old Oglala Sioux boy goes on his first raid to capture horses
from the neighboring Crow Tribe. While horse theft could be considered controversial, it was
participated in by all the Plains tribes as a way to demonstrate bravery and daring and to
acquire wealth, which was measured by how many horses a person had. Upon returning to the
village successfully, the raiders showed their generosity by giving away the horses they
had acquired. Bruchac's Foreword and the Goble's Introduction place the story in the
context of the relatively brief time after the Plains Indians acquired horses from
the Spanish and before settlers from the east overran their lands and put an end to raiding.