Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself
By Joseph Bruchac
Little "Sonny" Bruchac's childhood was full of secrets. He didn't know why he lived with his grandparents, who ran a gas station and general store, when his own parents' home was just up the road, or why his grandfather was so defensive about his dark skin. The precocious, sensitive boy knew only that his grandparents nurtured his love of books and wild things as surely as they sheltered him from dangers real and imagined. As Sonny grew up, through experiences both searing and hilarious, he would find himself drawn to all things Indian long before he knew of his grandfather's hidden Abenaki roots.
Bowman's Store gracefully weaves themes from Joseph Bruchac's intimate knowledge of Native American cultures with the scenes from the past that have shaped his life. For those who enjoy memoirs, Native American writings, and books about finding one's cultural heritage -- or just a wonderful read -- here is a consummate storyteller unfolding his most personal and poignant story of all.
About the Creators
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
About This Title
Interest Level:Grades 4 - 12
Reading Level:Grades 4 - College
Nonfiction, Middle Grade, YA interest, Identity/Self Esteem/Confidence, Overcoming Obstacles, Native American Interest, Mentors, Home, Holidays/Traditions, Grandparents, Friendship, Forgiveness, Families, Dreams & Aspirations, Discrimination, Cultural Diversity, Conflict resolution, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Biracial/Multiracial Interest, Biography/Memoir, Poverty, Earth/Sun/Moon System, Empathy/Compassion, Gratitude, Respect/Citizenship, Self Control/Self Regulation, Pride, New York, Teen Interest
Part of These Collections
Biography and Memoir Middle School, Biography and Memoir High School, Nonfiction Collection Middle School, Diverse Background English Collection Middle School, Diverse Background English Collection High School, Native American English Collection High School, English Guided Reading Level Y, Biography and Memoir Grades 3-6, Native American English Collection, Native American English Collection Grades 3-6, Native American Heritage Collection, High-Low Books for Teens (Middle and High School), New York Past and Present Collection, Joseph Bruchac Collection, Nonfiction High School Collection, Young Adult (YA) Collection, Pedro Noguera Diverse Collection Grades 6-8