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The Winter People

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  181 Ratings  ·  25 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 19, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
My son rates this book.
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
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.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: native, kid-stuff, wndb
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.
Jerrit 811
May 01, 2008 rated it really liked it
Jerrit Schramm
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
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Author’s craft
Joseph Bruchac built the mood throughout the book; The Winter People by showing how hard Saxso’s life really is for example near the beginning of the book it says “ ‘kedodemokawleba. I must warn you. It is the Long Knives,’ said the whisperer. ‘ They are here. All around the village to the north and east and south. Kedatsowi wakwatahogaba! They will wipe you out! Some of them watch your council even now. Tell the people they must get the elderly, the women, and children away. Get
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I have taught a brief unit on the French & Indian War for many years, but this book taught me about parts of that war that I never knew. It is historical fiction for children (upper elementary), though there is enough violence and death in it that I would not recommend it to every child. It tells of one small part of the French & Indian War from the viewpoint of the Abenaki tribe, in particular, one boy who is about 14 years old. Bruchac tells a compelling story, fu ...more
Aug 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jan 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Joni Butler chamberlain
Apr 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Pluses were the imagery, a few laughs in an otherwise heavy story, and I always appreciate finding something I can relate to in unexpected places. Minuses were that it felt slow to get to where it was obviously headed in the beginning, the conflicts and danger were unusually short compared to how long it took to build up to them, and a few sort of far fetched, much too convenient things. Overall though, the minuses were forgivable in exchange for the rest of the heart ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very good story. Told of the hardship this young man had to go through to help save his mother and sisters.
Serita Miller
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well written historical fiction book.
Jeff Bottrell
Dec 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Read in advance of teaching the novel to my freshmen class.
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
An Abenaki adolescent seeks out his family after they were captured by Rogers' Rangers during the French and Indian War.
May 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is mad at their family
This book helped me realize just how important my family really is to me.
A historically interesting viewpoint of a Canadian Native American tribe and their interaction between the French and English. A great middle school read.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: teen, historical
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.
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book with first nation teaching wrapped in a tale.
Jan 18, 2016 marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school, childrens
Not worth my time. Poorly written, very juvenile story.
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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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