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A boy discovers his Native American heritage in this Depression-era tale of identity and friendship by the author of Code Talker

It's 1932, and 12-year-old Cal Black and his pop have been riding the rails for years after losing their farm in the Great Depression. Cal likes being a "knight of the road" with Pop, even if they're broke. But then Pop has to go to Washington, DC - some of his fellow veterans are marching for their government checks, and Pop wants to make sure he gets his due - and Cal can't go with him. So Pop tells Cal something he never knew before: Pop is actually a Creek Indian, which means Cal is, too. And Pop has decided to send Cal to a government boarding school for Native Americans in Oklahoma called the Challagi School. 

At school, the other Creek boys quickly take Cal under their wings. Even in the harsh, miserable conditions of the Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school, he begins to learn about his people's history and heritage. He learns their language and customs. And most of all, he learns how to find strength in a group of friends who have nothing beyond each other.

©2018 Joseph Bruchac (P)2019 Recorded Books

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academics have recommended this book for 6th graders. Does deal with some of the thorny issues that certainly color our national past. the author uses in her thoughts and description to describe two events often neglected from American history. the first event is Indian boarding schools. the second event is the march of the Bonus Army of 1932. such events deserve examination and the author does deserve credit 4 bringing these issues to light. It does however perpetuate the noble savage myth. the author deserves compliments 4 describing a father-son relationship in a time where traditional masculine roles in art are not celebrated. Take this book with a grain of salt take this book like any book with a grain of salt