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A young woman seeks to avenge her brother's death by becoming an Apache warrior — and learns a startling truth about her own identity.

After watching helplessly as Mexican raiders brutally murder her little brother, fourteen-year-old Siki is filled with a desire for vengeance and chooses to turn away from a woman's path to become a warrior of her Apache tribe. Though some m
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Candlewick Press
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by LadyJay for TeensReadToo.com

At fourteen, Siki knows that she will walk a difficult path among her tribe. Having no talent for women's work, Siki has chosen to live and train as a warrior. Many of her fellow tribesmen view her as a disgrace; an outcast. Siki only wishes for one thing - revenge.

The senseless murders of her mother and younger brother have sparked a bitterness within Siki that cannot be extinguished. Every day the attackers live is another reminder of how her family was
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Patricia
Didn't think I would like this so much, but it pulled me in, and I liked that the author consulted with a historian from an Apache tribe to get her historical facts right. Strong girl protagonist and a fast-moving tale.
Catherine  Mustread
Exciting adventure story of vengeance and revenge, pride, honor and courage among the Apache after women and children are attacked by Mexicans, set toward the end of the 1800s. Written by a Brit, includes a bibliography but does not claim to be historically accurate.

Although shortlisted for the 2008 UK's Carnegie Medal, Native American book bloggers have written scathing reviews, calling it atrocious, problematic, sloppily researched, Euro-feminist, and outrageous, suggesting Joseph Bruchac's Ge
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Melanie
I really wanted to like this book. In terms of writing style, it was very good. However, the authors statement in the back of the book leaves much to be desired:

"I've tried to be authentic as far as period detail goes, but at times I have had to stretch things in order to make the story work. If there are mistakes, I apologize."

Holding a bachelor's in history, I find this statement insulting. Authors should always be accurate. "Stretching" the facts to make the story work is not acceptable. Espe
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Liz Fichera
Different. Historical. Intriguing characters. Loved the writing too.
Kate
After watching helplessly as Mexican raiders brutally murder her little brother, fourteen-year-old Siki is filled with a desire for vengeance and chooses to turn away from a woman's path to become a warrior of her Apache tribe. Though some men, like envious Keste, wish to see Siki fail, she passes test after test, and her skills grow under the guidance of her tribe's greatest warrior, Golahka. But Keste begins to whisper about Siki's father's dishonorable death, and even as Siki earns her place ...more
Sophiee
This book is so beautifully written. Nearly every sentence, every phrase, comes out of the page. There is not a dull moment throughout the entire novel. Siki's observations and ways of thinking are fascinating. They make what she is going through somehow more relatable. There are so many twists in the plot, which is at times heart wrenching. I also adored the many morals entwined into the story. There were feminist undertones in Siki's pursuit as a warrior and emphasis on the importance that the ...more
Rebecca ~ Silvan Elf  ~
DNF pg 140

This book was recommended to me by a friend IRL. Most of the time we agree on books, but there have been a few lately that just didn't work for me. And this is one of them.

I think it is the writing style. I was trying to figure out why we usually agree, yet on these particular books we didn't. Then it hit me, they all use (in my opinion) excessive foreshadowing. Sure, you don't know exactly how things are going to happen, but it does not take too much to figure out the end result.

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Pat
Am enjoying this. It seems that there are diverse opinions about the authenticity of the lives of the Apache leading to strong views about the value of this story, but it is fiction!
Rhys
The book I Am Apache by Tanya Landman is about this girl name Siki who went to Mexico with her tribe to trade with the Mexicans. The next day while the warriors were out trading 5-6 Mexican soldier came and killed Siki's brother and other tribe members. When the warriors came back to see there slaughter brothers and sisters. they went back to there home land and declared the Mexican there enemy. So the next day Siki also pledged to become a warrior and kill the man that killed her brother. They ...more
Melissa
When Siki's brother is killed by the Mexicans, she vows vengeance and becomes a warrior, something few Apache women do.
Training is tuff, and Keste's envious words about her father are tormenting, but Siki is ready for the battle.
The fight with the Mexicans is only the beginning. There is the White Eyes who are constantly accusing them of raids and cutting them off from their land; and there is also the matter about her father and if he is truly dead. The Apache are losing the battle, but Siki mu
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Seychella
Einige Vorfälle in dieser Geschichte basieren auf historischen Ereignissen, die sich in der zweiten Hälfte des 19. Jahrhunderts an der Grenze zwischen Arizona und Mexiko zugetragen haben. Jedoch sind laut dem Nachwort der Autorin jeder Stamm, sämtliche Figuren und Ortsnamen frei erfunden – es handelt sich also nicht um einen historischen Roman.

Das Buch hatte mich bereits nach nur drei Sätzen in seinen Bann gezogen, auch wenn das natürlich nur für einen ersten Eindruck reicht. Aber dieser hat sic
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Amy
I am Apache, by Tanya Landman, tells the tale of an Apache girl who watched her family be murdered and seeks revenge. However, it is uncommon for a girl to walk the path of an Apache warrior, and so it is with difficulty that Siki must prove herself worthy to not only her tribe, but herself. Along the way she learns the truth about her father, causing her to question what it is, exactly, that makes her an Apache.

This young adult account of what it was like for an Apache living near the border of
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01adamd
When I first started reading this book, I just started reading it bacause I had to have another book read by December 9th. But as I started to get into the middle of the book, I really enjoyed reading it. It had all of the elements of a book that I like. It had action and it didn't lag in parts, the author really did a good job of that.

The book starts out with the girl, Siki, telling about her little brother, Tazzhi, that got killed by the Mexicans when they went to trade goods and products with
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Debbie
In her author's note, Tanya Landman says: "I've made no attempt to produce an accurate historical novel." And, she says, the story she tells is "based on events" and "inspired" by an autobiography of Geronimo. I'm not down with that sort of thing, particularly when the overall presentation is so.... narrow.

I did some word counts of words used in the book. These are "at least" numbers. I may have missed occurrences of some of the words listed below:

butcher appears 4 times
slaughter appears 4 times
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Candy Wood
I’m always puzzled when an author chooses to set a novel in the past, even lists books consulted, but then proclaims that the book is not intended to be “an accurate historical novel,” as Landman does here. The subtitle on the UK cover, “Girl Warrior,” suggests that Landman’s interest is more in the unconventional life of her protagonist-narrator than in historical detail. The narrator, no good at traditional women’s tasks, decides to become a warrior to avenge her little brother’s death at the ...more
Leosharkie
'I Am Apache' is one of the few young adult stories that I've read about Native Americans.
In her quest to avenge her brother, female protagonist Siki made some revelating discoveries about herself and her heritage. The author keeps the plot rolling as we accompany Siki through the trials she had to face and the battles she fought alongside to warriors of the tribes.
The ending was not unexpected, and the integration of romance was welcoming, albeit being a bit short.
Overall, I really like this bo
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Diane Fuson
I am Apache is a spellbinding story of intrigue, romance, and hardship. It showcases the enduring spirit and fortitude of the Apache people and their Ancestors. I feel this story will engross readers with its grain of truth as well as the mystery surrounding the tribes past. Enjoy!
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I enjoyed this book about the demise of the Apache nation as the "White Eyes" moved into their land. Just beware that contains a rape and lots of violence. It's probably only appropriate for older teens. Personally, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone younger than 15 or 16.
Heather
Siki learns about the brutalness of life the hard way when her little brother is slain by Mexican soldier. As a member of the Apache tribe, she must follow the rituals and expectations of her people. Siki's brother's death causing a realization in her though. Siki yearns to follow the path of a warrior. Facing the contempt of some others, she begins her training with the great warrior Golakah. Siki's story follows the Apache tribe through battles of revenge, personal triumphs and failures, and e ...more
Olivia
NOTE: POSSIBLE SPOILER

This book was well written, exciting, emotional, and appeared to be historically accurate. I was drawn in immediately and loved how clear everything from Siki's point of view was. Sadly, though it really clarifies what it was like for American Indians, I did NOT like the ending. I feel it was ended almost as if the author thought the book had been going on long enough so let's kill the person she's in love with off( :( unnecessarily), throw a baby in there(I am confused abo
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Loren Cardine
This story goes all the way back to when Native Americans were alive. This story is about the Black Mountain Apache tribe. There is a girl named Siki, who had seen her brother, Tahzi, brutally murdered by the Mexicans. The problem was that the Mexicans were supposed to their friends. Days after the attack the chief, Chodini, sends the greatest warrior, Golahka, out to ask other tribes to accompany the Apache as they seek vengeance back on the Mexicans. Later, Siki finds out she is actually a Me ...more
Heather Scribner
At fourteen, Siki is completely alone. She's lost both her mother and her father, and most recently her four year old baby brother that she was raising. Tahzi, her brother, was murdered by raiding Mexicans. The Apache had been lured into trading with the Mexicans and while the men were away, the Mexicans slaughtered any women and children they could catch. After watching her little brother die, Siki vows to leave women's ways behind her and to take the path to becoming an Apache warrior. She vow ...more
Layla
Jul 30, 2014 Layla rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Layla by: School
I think that Tanya Landman tried to portray Apaches in a sympathetic manner, but all she ended up doing was reaffirming Hollywood's idea that Native Americans are blood thirsty and savage.

The book presents Apache people in a very narrow manner and does nothing to break away from the stereotypes.

I also did not enjoy Landman's style of writing; the excessive foreshadowing was bothersome and made the key events in the book dull. I had already predicted the ending of the book before I had even got
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Rachie
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Holly
Good story with strong elements, but I feel that it could have been better woven together & better prepared. Nevertheless, I did enjoy reading it. I liked the characters and being exposed to different aspects of the tribe and their beliefs/practices. However, I should have read this when I was younger. It might have been easier to overlook the scattered plot and instead resonate more with the themes of native independence, pride in oneself & ones' tribe/community/homeland, self/group det ...more
Jessica
I cannot praise this book enough, the relationship between the main character and the minor characters is well presented, I read this during the holidays and I could not put the damn book down, it's addictive and by the end of it I felt like I needed to learn more about the Native American Indians and their plight, it is a beautiful story and the imagery presented makes it a stunning read, it's more for teenage girls, but it is primarily my favourite book to read if I ever feel like sitting down ...more
Softness
Siki is a teenage girl who becomes a warrior amongst the men of her tribe. She and her tribe endure hardships and brutal attacks from the Mexicans and the White Eyes who are encroaching on their land. This is a story about change, jealousy, grief, growth, and self-discovery. There is even a touch of the mystical. I don't want to give too much away, but I highly recommend reading this story for the cultural aspects, the well-developed story, and the vivid characters. I loved this book.
Mike Steven
Another Carnegie finalist. Better that the winner - 'Here Lies Arthur' but another strong female lead character.



It's a period of history I've never read much about so I enjoyed it on that level. There's also some exciting battle scenes and Landman's voice is consistent and really does attempt to make you empathise with the Apache.



Not a favourite, but not bad at all.
Rebecca Anderson
This was a really good book. I have been into the native american culture and history for as long as I can remember, so naturally it is now one of my favorite books. To keep in mind, this is still a work of fiction even though it's history is somewhat accurate. I love this book and would recommend it to people interested in the native american culture, and can handle the cruelty of the new americans actions.
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