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Talking leaves

by Bruchac, Joseph, 1942-

Format: Large Print 2019
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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CLP - Library for the Blind Children's Large Print Books j FICTION Bruchac CL 10822
Location  CLP - Library for the Blind
Collection  Children's Large Print Books
Call Number  j FICTION Bruchac CL 10822
Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah's new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy, or worse -- practicing witchcraft. What they don't know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language.Grades 6-8 | Ages 10-12 | Lexile 750L
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "A veteran storyteller pairs Sequoyah, whom he dubs a true genius, with a fictional son troubled by his father's abandonment and strange behavior. Thirteen-year-old Uwohali is slow to approach his estranged father, Sequoyah, who is absorbed in creating his unique syllabary. When Uwohali finally steels himself to make contact, he receives, in addition to a warm welcome, a life-changing understanding of what his father's invention might do to preserve their people's culture and identity against the inroads of the Aniyonega (whites). The book's restrained tone and deliberate pacing may make it a slog for less patient readers, but Bruchac livens the proceedings with inset folktales, low-key humor, and a heartrending reminiscence of the brutal Battle of Horseshoe Bend. Sequoyah's life and achievements get fuller treatment in Rumford's Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing (2004), but Bruchac's portrayal of a father and son mending fences adds a more universal element. He closes with a complete chart of the syllabary's symbols, a glossary, and notes on his sources.--Peters, John Copyright 2016 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "The Cherokee villagers of Willstown avoid Uwohali's father, Sequoyah-despite his artistry and storytelling skills-believing that his fascination with strange symbols indicates witchcraft. Although Sequoyah has been largely absent from his son's life, traveling and starting a new family with a second wife, Uwohali braves the villagers' ill will to visit his recently returned father and is rewarded with a devoted half sister and his father's new invention, a Cherokee syllabary. Frustrated by false promises and loss of land due to treaties broken by the government, Sequoyah seeks power and community through the syllabary, which allowed the Cherokee to create their own texts, or talking leaves. Based on historical events, Bruchac's (Killer of Enemies) lyrical novel is filled with myths and fables that serve as guides for Uwohali as he comes to understand the importance of his father's creation. Wrenching descriptions of the 1814 Battle of Horseshoe Bend help transform an ostensibly simple story into a profound cautionary tale of what can happen without a language of one's own. An afterword and reproduction of the syllabary are included. Ages 10-up. Agent: Barbara Kouts, Barbara Kouts Agency. (Aug.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series Thorndike Press large print middle reader.
Subjects Sequoyah, -- 1770?-1843 -- Juvenile fiction.
Sequoyah, -- 1770?-1843 -- Fiction.
Cherokee Indians -- Juvenile fiction.
Indians of North America -- Juvenile fiction.
Language and languages -- Juvenile fiction.
Large type books.
Cherokee Indians -- Fiction.
Indians of North America -- Fiction.
Language and languages -- Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Publisher Farmington Hills, Mich. :2019
Language English
Description 302 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-293).
ISBN 9781432865719
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