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Geronimo

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  87 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
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 his chest, his shoulder, his thigh, touching places where bullets and knives had pierced his flesh...where scars showed how hard it w
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 1st 2006 by Scholastic Inc.
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Sarah (Books Before Bandaids)
Aug 20, 2016 Sarah (Books Before Bandaids) rated it really liked it
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Joseph Bruchac’s book Geronimo: A Novel is written through a series of flashbacks as Geronimo’s adopted grandson remembers Geronimo’s life. Geronimo is at the end of his long life, imprisoned, when the story begins as his grandson recounts events that have occurred. This narrative device reflects the importance of storytelling and reverence for elders. Bruchac tells about the prison trains, the forced moves from the southwest to Florida, the fighting against the Mexican and the American ...more
Shea
Dec 03, 2012 Shea rated it it was amazing
"Geronimo" is about the Apache Indians, who were forced to move from place to place by the U. S. government. They started in their homeland of modern day Arizona, to Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Florida. At one point, a tribe in North Carolina was going to sell some of their land to give to the Apaches to have them live nearby as cousins, but the government wouldn't allow it. Many of the tribe's children were sent to an industrial school and died of tuberculosis.

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Mackenzief
Geronimo is a historical fiction book being told as a story from his grandson’s perspective. The story being told is slow but it gets the point and information across. It is a true story about Geronimo's Apache tribe is being brought to a reservation. This Indian tribe is being forced off their land onto a reservation because there is gold on the land that the whites want. The Apaches leader has stood against the U.S army and his life is coming to an end as they don't know what to do with him. ...more
Greg
Oct 28, 2007 Greg rated it it was amazing
Joseph Bruchac is a storyteller and author who has written over 70 books. Many of his books are written for children and young adults, and Geronimo falls into the latter category. It is historical fiction written from the point of view of Geronimo's 10-year old adopted grandson, beginning at the time when the Apaches were being relocated by the American government from Arizona to Florida. Geronimo's story is told in stories that move backward and forward in time.

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Amy
Mar 21, 2009 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-literature
I had a hard time getting into this book. I did enjoy the historical aspect of it and the things I learned about the Apache people. The storytelling narration is quite heavy and at times almost too heavy. I liked the story, I just wasn't 'in the mood' when I read it. I had read another book by the same author and it was similar in many ways. If you are looking for a good Native American fiction writer then I think Joseph Bruchac is one of the better ones. But my all time favorite is Sherman ...more
Kelsey
Dec 10, 2009 Kelsey rated it really liked it
I loved this book! The history and the point of view from the Apaches and the poor treatment they were inflicted upon was real. The pain and the suffering made them all the stronger for their beliefs in a changing world. I have a greater respect and under-standment of the Apache background and the force of nature that made their freedoms lost all for greed.
Jenny
Aug 29, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, historical
In 1886, the great Chiricahau Apache leader Gironimo and his people, including narrator grandson Little Foot, are transfered to Florida as prisoners of war. This is the factually based story of their exile to Florida and Alabama, the humiliation, abuse, illness, and hardship they endure.
Sally
I enjoy Bruchac's word choice. This is a different perspective from the other Geroniomo title I read.
Briton
Jan 01, 2013 Briton rated it it was amazing
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A good book, and while it may/may not be true, i'm very inclined to list it under non-fiction. However, it is brilliant as a novel, explaining about the Great Native American Geronimo.
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Jul 06, 2014 Fredrick Danysh rated it really liked it
The biography of the Apache leader Geronimo from a different perspective. A good read for anyone interested in the natives of the American Southwest.
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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 ...more
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