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Killer of Enemies

By Joseph Bruchac

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 who served them.

Then the Cloud came, and everything changed. Tech stopped working. The world plunged back into a new steam age. The Ones’ pets—genetically engineered monsters—turned on them and are now loose on the world.

Fate has given Lozen a unique set of survival skills and magical abilities that she uses to take down monsters for the Ones who have kidnapped her family. But with every monster she takes down, Lozen’s powers grow, and she connects those powers to an ancient legend of her people. It soon becomes clear to Lozen that she is not just a hired gun.

As the legendary Killer of Enemies was in the ancient days of the Apache people, Lozen is meant to be a more than a hunter. Lozen is meant to be a hero.

Read three chapters of Killer of Enemies here.

Check out Killer of Enemies in the English course on International Steampunk Literature & Culture by Lisa Hager, Assistant Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha.

Author's Note: Lozen Facts and Fiction

Resources and Kid Lit About American Indians

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About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Joseph Bruchac - Author

is an Abenaki Indian. He is among the most respected and widely published Native American authors, with over 100 titles in print, including the popular Keepers of the Earth series and Lee & Low's Crazy Horse's Vision, which received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. His YA novel, Wolf Mark, is a Westchester Young Adult Fiction Award winner. A Rockefeller Fellow and an NEA Poetry Writing Fellow, he was the 1999 recipient of the Native Writers' Circle of the Americas Lifetime Achievement Award. In addition to writing, Bruchac is an editor at Greenfield Review Press, a literary publishing house he co-founded with his wife. He lives in Greenfield Center, New York. To find out more about Joseph Bruchac, visit josephbruchac.com

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ISBN

Hardcover: 9781620141434

E-Book: 9781620141441

Awards

Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
American Library Association (ALA)

American Indian Youth Literature Award
ALA

Mythopoeic Award for Children's Literature Finalist
Mythopoeic Society

Top 10 List, Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers
YALSA

Guided Reading:

X

Lexile:

860L

Interest Level:

Grades 7 - K

Reading Level:

Grades 6 - K

Themes

Middle Grade, YA interest, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Native American Interest, Heroism, Friendship, Families, Environment/Nature, Dreams & Aspirations, Coping with Death, Conflict resolution, Breaking Gender Barriers, Poverty, Scifi, Dystopia, Integrity/Honesty , Leadership, People In Motion, Persistence/Grit, Self Control/Self Regulation

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