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The Way

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  13 reviews
Fatherless Cody LeBeau is an American Indian boy who is starting high school with the usual trepidation. He fits into none of the cliques at the new school, but somehow keeps being noticed anyway--and is often teased because of his tendency to stutter. Then his Uncle Pat, an accomplished martial arts sensei, moves into the town and becomes the one who shows Cody the way th ...more
Hardcover, 156 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Darby Creek Publishing (first published July 30th 2007)
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Cody is a freshman at yet another new school. His dad is a long haul trucker, Mom works at the Koacook Moon Casino. Amid the cliques and bullies Cody is positive he is wearing a target and gets abused, pushed and beat around to prove it.
With Dad all but gone, Mom working graveyard at the casino Cody is pretty much on his own. Enter Uncle John, unknown til now, Mom's long lost brother (complicated- read the book) who intends to win the 120K Ultimate Fighting Competition Prize. He is on the res f
Karly 8-22
Sep 30, 2008 Karly 8-22 rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: To people who want to read about a boy facing bullying.
The Way

The Way is an adventurous/ realistic fiction book written by Joseph Bruchac. I enjoyed reading this book and how the main character, Cody LeBeau, sorted out his problems with being bullied, and helped other kids that were bullied as well.
Cody, a freshman in high school, isn’t the most popular kid in school, and doesn’t have many friends. He doesn’t have all the latest trends in clothing, and doesn’t have the money to spend on the newest gadgets like all the other students. One thing Co
Malakai Reyes
I thought this book was interesting . I loved the way the actor put me (the reader ) in a position to where I could imagine what actions going on in Codes head. Also I think the story could have been more detailed about its surroundings, and or background. Another thing it could be improved on was its vocabulary.
In several places this book reminded me of the work of one of my favorite young authors (keep at it Chris, you are obviously moving in the right direction). I also learned some interesting things about martial arts and Native American culture. Cody's first person account of his high school experience rang true. (I especially enjoyed the sympathetic librarian character). That said, the intense and terrifying climatic scenes struck a little too close to home for someone who works in a school. I wo ...more
Feb 13, 2008 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle school boys
Shelves: ya
Cody LeBeau is a Freshman "loser" who dreams of becoming a ninja, saving his classmates from bad guys and winning over his crush. When his uncle, and ex-marine and Ultimate Fighter, spends time staying with Cody and his mother, Cody begins to learn "The Way". The way leads to increased self confidence and awareness, which leads Cody to notice the odd behavior of two of his most bullied classmates...

Quick read and probably a good pick for reluctant male readers (and it doesn't hurt that one posit
Charles A.
a boy learns The Way of his culture; ninja, overcoming obstacle
Sandra McLeod
I loved this teen novel and I was surprised to see that it had received no customer reviews as yet. Cody LeBeau has a rich fantasy life, but in real life he is the victim of a bully at his high school and his self-image is about zero. What he learns from his uncle (an uncle he never knew he had) brings his world into more accurate (and manageable) perspective by introducing him to The Way--the way of the heart. I loved the characters and I loved all the references to the Native folklore--especia ...more
Trevony Palmer
I think this book was great. I liked the way when Uncle John came in. It made the book a little bit more interesting by helping out Cody finding The Way. At first Cody was loose and clumsy. Now he is relaxed, calm, and just right. It was interesting how Uncle John will go about helping out Cody. I was wondering what he would do. I was a hoping it would be a little creative, and it was just that. So this book is a great book and I would recommend it for people that need help on focusing more lear ...more
Lil Jen
Slow to start, but great ending. Good read for younger readers who are not confident reading yet or looking for something different.
Wow. After being forced to read this book by my mom, it was pretty interesting. (just don't tell her that!) when I first read the first few chapters, I thought of this book as just a knock-off of "Karate Kid." Yet I still read on. In the middle, I couldn't see where it was going with all this learning of "The Way." At the end was the big hitter. Wow I just couldn't believe what had happened at the end. It shocked me. You should really find out in this unexpectedly ok novel.

This book, about a picked on wimpy kid, reminded me of "The Karate Kid" the firs one, not the new one, haven't seen that one. Although Bruchac had a strong message, I enjoyed the way he presented it. I wasn't completely surprised by the ending, but it was a little different from what I thought might happen. Might be a good book for reluctant boys, especially those who keep their heads down.
I liked it as I think he has a lot to say and an interesting point of view. But to me this story was a bit predictable. Don't know if others would find it predictable.
Well written with the Native American characters and the Asian martial arts. Bullies and anger management. Strong story and characters.
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Joseph Bruchac lives with his wife, Carol, in the Adirondack mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Much of his writing draws on that land and his Abenaki ancestry. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots are the ones by wh ...more
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