PathFinders Novels for Teen Readers

Native American educators asked for these books…..and we listened!

    We are pleased to introduce our new PathFinders novels for reluctant readers.
  • Do you have students who read below grade level and complain that they can’t find a book that they want to read?
  • Are you looking for books that will hold a reluctant reader’s attention?


Reading Level: 4.0

Danny Blackgoat is a teenager in 1864 Navajo country when United States soldiers burn down his home, kill his sheep, capture his family, and force them all to walk at gunpoint to an Army fort far from their homeland. This forced exodus of the Navajo people was called the Long Walk of 1864, and during the journey, Danny is labeled a troublemaker and given the name Fire Eye. Refusing to accept captivity, he is sent to Fort Davis, Texas, a Civil War prisoner outpost. There he battles bullying fellow prisoners, rattlesnakes, and abusive soldiers, until he meets Jim Davis. Davis teaches Danny how to hold his anger and starts him on the road to literacy. In a stunning climax, Davis—who builds coffins for the dead—aids Danny in a daring and dangerous escape.

Set in troubled times, Danny Blackgoat, Navajo Prisoner is the story of one boy’s hunger to be free and to be Navajo.

Native Writers Voices of Power

A celebration of ten writers who have challenged stereotypes and told history from a perspective often silenced. The entertaining and poignant creative works of these writers will inspire young readers to continue their educations and reach for their own successes.

The full list of writers profiled:

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene)
Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa)
Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis)
N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee)
Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis)
Tomson Highway (Cree)
Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
Maria Campbell (Métis)
Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish of Nle7kepmx (Thompson) and Nsilx (Okanagan)/Métis)


2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Silver Juvenile Nonfiction

2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist Multicultural Non-Fiction

2013 USA Best Book Awards
Children's Non-Fiction 


“Until the latter part of the 20th century, the popularized story of Native People on the North American continent was never told by Native People. Momaday, Bruchac, Erdrich, and many others have forever altered the literary landscape. As native writers, we walk this hallowed earth with dignity and remembrance, sometimes to the drumbeat of the keyboard, but always on the bones of the unforgotten, our blood ancestors who struggled to survive. Native Writers: Voices of Power is a powerful testament to survival and offers a unique glimpse into the world of the Indian narrative. Thank you so much for including me in this volume.” - Author Tim Tingle

Age: 12 to 16
Reading level: 6.0
Character Education
Language Arts: Biography
Social Studies: United States, Native American Culture

2012 American Indian Youth Literature Award Winners Announced


Native Defender of the Environment & The Native Trailblazers Series

Received the American Indian Library Association’s
2012 American Indian Youth Literature Honor Award
Congratulations to author Vincent Schilling!

American Indians in Children's Literature - Debbie Reese

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Librarians looking to add books about the Olympics and athleticism in general will want to order Native Athletes in Action by Vincent Schilling.

One chapter in the book is about kayaker, Alwyn Morris (shown in the photo to the right). Morris is Mohawk. He and his teammate, Hugh Fisher, won a gold medal for Canada in the 1984 Summer Olympics. Standing on the platform to receive his gold medal, Morris honored his ancestors and those who helped him get to the Olympics by holding an eagle feather in his left hand.

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