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Joseph Bruchac
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The Winter People

3.52 of 5 stars 3.52  ·  rating details  ·  130 ratings  ·  18 reviews
"Full of history, danger, courage and raw survival, this compelling novel by acclaimed author Joseph Bruchac is certain to have readers on the edge of their seat, start to finish." —The Dallas Morning News

Saxso is fourteen when the British attack his village. It’s 1759, and war is raging in the northeast between the British and the French, with the Abenaki people—Saxso’s p
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 21st 2004 by Puffin Books (first published 2002)
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Julie Suzanne
Jan 28, 2010 Julie Suzanne rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Boys who like Hatchet, My Side of the Mountain (age 11-14?)
Recommended to Julie by: the author
Since we teach using Code Talker, I couldn't have been more excited to meet Mr. Bruchac in person when he appeared at the Utica library to share Abenaki folk stories and music. I picked up several fiction & nonfiction titles I had never even heard about, and this one intrigued me the most because it's about a Native American conflict with the Rogers Rangers, from whom my husband proudly claims to be descended. Whoah, though, as the Rogers Rangers are portrayed as the quintessential nasty whi ...more
Vadim Shmalyukh
Saxso is a young Indian boy who has to protect his family from anything bad. His father died from fighting at war. Saxso has 2 younger sisters and a mother. One night, there was a celebration in the village and there was a lot of music and dancing. After a while, Saxso decided to go outside to take a breath of fresh air. While he was outside, a rosebush started speaking to him. He later figured out that behind the rosebush, was Samadagwis. Samadagwis is an English soldier who knew the village ve ...more
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The story is about an Abinaki Indian living in St. Francis. The way of their village is a cross between their old ways and the integration of the Roman Catholic French. They are in a time of peace when a friend warns of a raid that will take place before the coming dawn by the Bostoniaks and the White Devil Rogers.
Saxso is 14 winters old and in charge of his family. He must keep them safe.
The moral of the story is not be bitter, keep the winter out/aka hatred and keep t
Bruchac's straightforward prose makes a difficult historical event approachable and understandable. Told from the perspective of a 14 year old boy (eager to be a warrior), the story gives a glimpse inside the lives and culture of the Abenaki as they balance their traditions with French influences.

An eye opening look at the time and a reminder that there are no winners in a war.
Valuable for the traditional lore about the land and the narrator's native culture. The prose itself is pretty average, and the first several chapters are full of badfic cliches. OTOH, it's YA and really pretty decent for a boy's adventure story. There's a fair bit of horror and violence, so I would recommend for age eleven to fourteen unless the child's pretty inured to gore.
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The Winter People

This book is about a fourteen-year-old boy, named Saxon, who is growing up in a Native American Village. The book takes place during the time that the white settlers were exploring and civilizing America. At the time, the Native Americans were at that location at that particular time. The British though did not like them there so they started to launch surprise attacks on the village. The British outnumbered the Natives, one Native for every 100 British so
This was a good book. It was really interesting to see the "captive story" from the other perspective (as compared to Indian Captive where a white girl is taken by Native Americans). This story is about an Abenaki boy who's family is taken by "Bostoniak" (English) rangers in a raid. He then has to try and save them himself as his father was killed a few years before. This book has enough introspection to developed the main character well, but enough action to keep young readers interested. Boys ...more
Aug 15, 2009 Phair rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young teens, good "counterpoint" reading for history classes
Enjoyed this story of events in the F&I war from the "other side", that of the French Canadians /Abenaki rather than the more common British pov. Good "voice"- the cadence of the writing made me 'hear' the Abenaki speech patterns rather than plain english. I liked that the ending was not pat - not quite forgiveness for the wrongs but acknowledgement that there were decent people on both sides of the conflict. Made a nice change from the typical bloodthirsty portrayal of the French allied pe ...more
This was a very good story. Told of the hardship this young man had to go through to help save his mother and sisters.
Sazso is 14 and the only male left in his family. After a surprise raid by English troops, he must set out alone to rescue his mother and sisters from captivity.
A historically interesting viewpoint of a Canadian Native American tribe and their interaction between the French and English. A great middle school read.
An Abenaki adolescent seeks out his family after they were captured by Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War.
Ashley Fisher
I loved this historical fiction piece!! The vivid imagery and vocabulary is great.
May 11, 2008 Cymberley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who is mad at their family
This book helped me realize just how important my family really is to me.
Great book with first nation teaching wrapped in a tale.
Harry Hunter
a okay book but really slow
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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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