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  • Bibliography:
    89 Books (1 Series)
  • First Book:
    January 1976
  • Latest Book:
    June 2021
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Full Series List in Order

Skeleton Man

1 - Skeleton Man (Aug-2001)
2 - The Return of Skeleton Man (Aug-2006)

Multi-Author Series List

My Name Is America

The Journal of Jesse Smoke (Jun-2001)

Book List in Order: 89 titles




  • Fiction. Native American Studies. This is a compilation of Native American stories from the Abenaki tribe retold by Joseph Bruchac. In this book he captures the mysticism and adventure that these previous oral stories had. The illustrations by Kahion...



  • Poetry. Fiction. Native American Studies. This anthology of native Alaskan writers helps map the rich and unique identity of the native Alaskan people. Included in the book are bios of the selected writers and bibliographies of their books. The autho...




  • """Unusual and intelligent...An exemplary introduction to Native American culture with its emphasis on the importance of nature."" —Publishers Weekly

    In Native American legend, the thirteen scales on Old Turtle''s back hold the key to th...



  • The Papago Indians of the American Southwest say butterflies were created to gladden the hearts of children and chase away thoughts of aging and death. How the Butterflies Came to Be is one of twenty-four Native American tales included in Native Amer...




  • Jamie has a special relationship with her great-grandmother, Grama Bowman, as the elderly woman teaches the young girl about the traditions and customs of her Abenaki people during their walks together in the woods...



  • Fiction. Native American Studies. THE FAITHFUL HUNTER: ABENAKI STORIES is Joseph Bruchac's compilation of tales about animal tricksters, human heroes, origins, and landscape. With an Introduction by John Moody and a detailed map of Wabanaki Country, ...






  • Fiction. "Few Native peoples have had more written about them and in the long run, been less understood than the people most Americans call 'Cherokee.' Their own name for themselves, however , is Ani-yun-wiya, 'real human beings,' and it is as human ...



  • A retelling of a Native American folktale, enhanced by colorful pastel illustrations, chronicles the adventures of four Abenaki men who journey to Gluskabe, helper of the Great Spirit, to have their wishes granted....







  • About ten thousand years ago in the northeast, the Abenaki– People of the Dawn Land – created a thriving community in social and ecological balance with nature and with each other. One of the finest sons of the People is Young Hunter, who...




  • In the companion to Thirteen Moons on Turtle's Back, Sky Bear, the great storytelling bear made of stars, tells of nature's nighttime wonders and Native American legends from his post in the sky....





  • He has made powerful enemies. Can he face them on the playing field? When Ohkwa'ri overhears a group of older boys planning a raid on a neighboring village, he immediately tells his Mohawk elders. He has done the right thing?but he has also made ene...








  • From Anishanabe artists making birch bark bowls to Zuni elders saying prayers for the day that is done, the diversity of Native American cultures is simplypresented in this unique and beautiful alphabet book....



  • Having lived with his grandparents as a boy, the author describes how he was raised, never knowing about his Native American heritage, and explains how, as he grew up, he discovered things for himself and found his way back to his roots despite the c...



  • The time is ten thousand years ago and the place is the shores of Lake Champlain, a land inhabited by Abenaki communities who hunt, gather, and follow the cycles of their unspoiled natural world in relative harmony. Joseph Bruchac, a nationally renow...



  • The time is ten thousand years ago and the place is the shores of Lake Champlain, a land inhabited by Abenaki communities who hunt, gather, and follow the cycles of their unspoiled natural world in relative harmony. Joseph Bruchac, a nationally renow...



  • A contemporary middle grade story about confronting bullying and prejudice
     
    Danny Bigtree's family has moved to Brooklyn, New York, and he just can't seem to fit in at school. He's homesick for the Mohawk reservation, and the kids in his clas...





  • FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Longing for a more powerful name than Slow, a young Sioux proves his courage during a battle with enemy Crow and is given a new name, Sitting Bull, in honor of his bravery....



  • From acclaimed Native American storyteller Joseph Bruchac comes a collection of seven lively plays for children to perform, each one adapted from a different traditional Native tale. Filled with heroes and tricksters, comedy and drama, these entertai...







  • In 1620 an English ship called the Mayflower landed on the shores inhabited by the Pokanoket people, and it was Squanto who welcomed the newcomers and taught them how to survive in the rugged land they called Plymouth. He showed them how to plant cor...



  • October 15, 1838 Rode back and forth all day to see progress of other detachments ahead and behind. Just as in our party, they find it hard to rouse the people each morning from their blankets. It sometimes takes all of the morning to get everyone u...



  • FRIGHTENING QUESTIONS, TERRIFYING ANSWERS... Ever since the morning Molly woke up to find that her parents had vanished, her life has become filled with terrible questions. Where have her parents gone? Who is this spooky old man who's taken her to ...



  • Chris Nicola's life is complicated. He lives on the Penacook Indian Reservation and goes to school in town. At school, things are going great--he's been selected to lead a group project on using Indian names for sporting teams. But it's another story...



  • For young Samuel Russell, the summer of 1777 is a time of fear. The British Army is approaching, and the Indians in the area seem ready to attack. To Stands Straight, a young Abenaki Indian scouting for King George, Americans are dangerous enemies wh...








  • Bear brags that he can do anything-even stop the sun from rising. Brown Squirrel doesn't believe him, so the two wait all night to see if the sun will rise. Sure enough, the sky reddens and the sun appears. Brown Squirrel is so happy to be right that...



  • When twelve-year-old Jake Forrest's mother gets a job in a new city, everything changes. He has to move away from the Iroquois reservation he's lived on his entire life -- away from his aunt and uncle, and away from the friends he plays lacrosse with...






  • Acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac makes his Scholastic Press debut with a powerful story of family and identity.

    11-yr-old Sonny lives with his mother and father up near the Canadian border. Theirs isn’t a peaceful household, given his father ...



  • It's out there. I can feel it. An I am not going to wait for it to come to me. As soon as he arrives at the North Mountains School, Armie senses something strange about the dark pond in the forest. An eerie presence haunts his dreams and calls to Ar...



  • The team behind How Chipmunk Got His Stripes retells an Abenaki fable that warns against arrogance and honors the importance of keeping your promises.
     
    Azban the Raccoon loves to race on his long legs. He is the fastest of all the animals,...



  • Saxso is fourteen when the British attack his village. It?s 1759, and war is raging in the northeast between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people?Saxso?s people?by their side. Without enough warriors to defend their homes, Saxso?s vill...



  • Throughout World War Two, in the conflict fought against Japan, Navajo Code Talkers were a crucial part of the U.S. effort, sending messages back and forth in an unbreakable code that used their native language. The Navajo Marines saved countless Ame...



  • In 1607, when John Smith and his "Coatmen" arrive in Powhatan to begin settling the colony of Virginia, their relations with the village's inhabitants are anything but warm. Pocahontas, the beloved daughter of the Powhatan chief, is just eleven, but ...



  • Turtle lives in a beautiful little pond with everything a happy turtle needs. But one spring, Turtle awakes from hibernation to discover that her lovely home has been invaded! A pushy beaver takes over Turtle's beloved pond and refuses to share. Inst...



  • Acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac weaves history and suspense into a riveting account of Geronimo's last days.

    "He held up his right hand to show how his third finger was bent back from being struck by a bullet. Then he thumped his palm against ...



  • A collection of Native American stories of girls becoming women. These are stories from a broad array of tribes and tradtions....



  • Wabi was born an owl -- a great horned owl who grew to become such a strong, confident creature that he was afraid of nothing. But now he is afraid. He fears that he might never win the heart of the girl he loves. Somehow, despite his own intentions,...






  • Whirlwind is a Spirit Dancing is an anthology of poems based on traditional Native American songs and stories from different tribes across North America. Collected by the renowned poet, historian, and folklorist Natalia Belting, the poems are rich in...



  • In this sequel to the middle grade modern horror classic Skeleton Man, Joseph Bruchac revisits his most terrifying villain yet. "Will surely keep readers turning pages," proclaimed Publishers Weekly.Molly thought she’d put her traumatic past b...



  • Crazy Horse is among the best known Native American heroes. Yet many people do not know his boyhood name was Curly, inspired by his curly hair.

    Curly was a leader even as a young boy, taming wild horses and hunting powerful buffalo. But all ...





  • Walking Coyote placed his cheek against the frightened buffalo calf's side and sang softly. Lone survivor of a herd slaughtered by white hunters, the calf was one of several buffalo orphans Walking Coyote had adopted and was raising on the Flathead R...



  • As a member of the Mohawk Bear Clan, Baron has always been fascinated by bears--their gentle strength and untamed power. But the Bearwalker legend, passed down by his ancestors, tells of a different kind of creature--a terrible mix of human and anima...



  • A fatherless American Indian boy faces high school with trepidation until his uncle, an accomplished martial arts sensei, moves into town and becomes the one who shows Cody LeBeau the way to manhood. Jr Lib Guild....



  • Louis Nolette is a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada who is recruited to fight in the northern Irish Brigade in the war between the states. Even though he is too young, and not American or Irish, he finds the promise of good wages and the U...



  • Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football, Major League Baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track & field. But his life wasn’t an easy one. Born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in 1887, he e...



  • “I wondered if those dreams would ever come true.” At age sixteen, Sacajawea is married, a mother, and has been taken from her Shoshone people. She has been asked to join Lewis and Clark in their expedition to explore the land from the Mississ...



  • Praised as a “perfect book to gobble up in a single, sweaty sitting” by Booklist, this chilling middle grade novel from acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac is infused with suspense and heart-stopping action. Give it to fans of R. L. Stine’s Goosebu...



  • Every monster can be overcome if you know the right way to go about it. Maddy has always loved scary stories, especially the spooky legends of her Native American ancestors. But that was before she heard about the Whisperer in the Dark, the most f...



  • Flying With The Eagle, Racing the Great Bear is a continent-spanning collection of sixteen thrilling tales in which young men must face great enemies, find the strength and endurance within themselves to succedd, and take their place by the side of t...



  • My father is taller than a tree, but sometimes he looks up at me. Mi papá likes to hear me sing. He's very good at listening. Pop doesn't need to buy me stuff. Just being with him is enough. Meet thirteen unique father-and-son pairs ...



  • Within the pages of this introduction to American Indian history, culture, and values, readers will gain insight into the totality of Native American experience and culture. Each chapter in the book explores a particular shared cultural value or worl...



  • Young Prince Rashko is frustrated with his family - no one does any thinking but him The kingdom and castle seem to be in the hands of fools. So when Rashko's parents mysteriously disappear and the evil Baron Temny parks his army outside the castle w...



  • Luke King knows a lot of things. Like four different ways to disarm an enemy before the attacker can take a breath. Like every detail of every book he's ever read. And Luke knows enough just enough about what his father does as a black ops infiltrato...



  • It takes a big risk in the mixed martial arts arena for 98-pound weakling Johnny to find that real power comes from within. ...



  • In 1838, settlers moving west forced the great Cherokee Nation, and their chief John Ross, to leave their home land and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma. An epic story of friendship, war, hope, and betrayal. ...



  • Years ago, seventeen-year-old Apache hunter Lozen and her family lived in a world of haves and have-nots. There were the Ones -- people so augmented with technology and genetic enhancements that they were barely human -- and there was everyone else w...



  • A prequel e-novella to the award-winning Killer of Enemies.In the Black Hills of South Dakota, seventeen-year-old Rose Eagle of the Lakota tribe is trying to find her place in a post-apocalyptic world.Before the Silver Cloud, the Lakota were forced t...



  • “Eee-leee! Master Parker,” Reverend Stone, headmaster at the Baptist school, called. “The answer, please.”

    “Four,” Ely thought.

    But he also thought something else. Why is English so strange? In Seneca every word always m...



  • "Promise to remember me!" was all the beautiful woman had ever said to the hunter. She had appeared from nowhere one day, when he had been lonely during the long winter hunting trip. Isolated in the vast wilderness of the northeast, he wo...



  • In this sequel to Killer of Enemies, Lozen and her family, on the run from the tyrants who once held them hostage, embark on a journey along a perilous trail once followed by her ancestors, where they meet friends and foes alike.In the sequel to the ...



  • A captivating and historical story of two young men on opposing sides of war.

    In 1874, the U.S. Army sent troops to subdue and move the Native Americans of the southern plains to reservations. Brothers of the Buffalo follows Private Wash...




  • Jacob Neptune, a wise-cracking, two-fisted Penacook private investigator with a checkered past, lives in upstate New York -- four hundred miles from his tribal community on Abenaki Island. Then one night the phone rings. “We . . . got . . . ...



  • Follow Travis Hawk on a cross-country trek as he escapes a world of brutality and uncertainty and puts his trust, and even his very life, in the hands of total strangers. Travis's story is one of struggle, survival, risk and resilience, navigating a ...



  • A new work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, from the acclaimed author of Code Talker Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the villa...



  • Months after she has been healed from the Enemy Sickness that afflicted her in Trail of the Dead, Lozen and her family have gathered a community around them in Valley Where First Light Paints the Cliffs and have begun to rebuild. Lozen knows danger s...



  • As a young Navajo boy, Chester Nez had to leave the reservation and attend boarding school, where he was taught that his native language and culture were useless. But Chester refused to give up his heritage. Years later, during World War II, Chester ...



  • 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 twelve-year-old Cal Black and his Pop have been riding the rails for years after losing their farm ...



  • This spine-tingling middle grade collection brings together Skeleton Man and The Return of Skeleton Man -- two modern classics that will chill you to the bone. R.L. Stine, bestselling author of the Goosebumps series, raved: “This book gave me night...



  • Twins Jamie and Marie Longbow are excited about summer with their grandparents, traveling from powwow to powwow selling goods they helped make. When their grandmother's most beautiful necklace goes missing, it's up to the twins to solve the mystery....



  • A teenage survival expert finds all his skills tested as he’s pursued through the Canadian wilderness by men determined to silence him. On his way to teach at Camp Seven Generations, a Native outdoor school, Nick witnesses a murder and then is thro...



  • When Jamie and Marie Longbow find out about the mysterious ghost dog that steals food from the Powwow and no one has been able to catch, they are determined to find out what’s going on. When they finally get closer to it, it runs into the spook...



  • 09/01/2020K-Gr 2—When a wolf cub is sad and alone at night in her cave, she howls, and her mother comes to explain they are not alone. Grandmother Moon and all of the stars are ready to dance and light up the sky. The mother wolf guides the cub...



  • 11/01/2020Gr 2–4—In Bruchac's newest Powwow Mysteries installment, twins Jamie and Marie Longbow excitedly help their grandparents prep for a powwow. Marie is on high alert, hoping for a mystery to solve as they watch the family booth whi...



  • With a bang—or rather, a barrage—Jacob Neptune finds his remote cabin in the Adirondacks besieged by a gun-toting gang of murderous bikers. With the help of his supersized sidekick Dennis, the hard-headed, wise-cracking Abenaki private de...



  • A twelve-year-old Iroquois boy searches for peace in this historical novel based on the creation of the Iroquois Confederacy.Twelve-year-old Okwaho's life has suddenly changed. While he and his best friend are out hunting, his friend is kidnapped by ...



  • Renowned author Joseph Bruchac tells a powerful story of a girl who learns more about her Penacook heritage while sheltering in place with her grandparents during the coronavirus pandemic.Malian loves spending time with her grandparents at their home...


Award-Winning Books by Joseph Bruchac

Crazy Horse's Vision
2000 Parents Choice Award (Fall) (1998-2007) -- Gold
Hidden Roots
2006 American Indian Youth Literature Award -- Young Adult
Killer of Enemies
2014 American Indian Youth Literature Award -- Young Adult
Skeleton Man
2003 Charlie May Simon Children's Book Award -- Grades 4-6
2003 Flicker Tale Children's Book Award -- Juvenile
2005 Nutmeg Book Award -- Grades 4-6


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Joseph Bruchac has published 89 books.

Joseph Bruchac does not have a new book coming out soon. The latest book, Rez Dogs, was published in June 2021.

The first book by Joseph Bruchac, The Road to Black Mountain, was published in January 1976.

Yes. Joseph Bruchac has 1 series.