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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (63 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Bruchac Narrator: Joseph Bruchac Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2007 ISBN:
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Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football, major league baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track and field. But his life wasn't an easy one. Born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in 1887, he encountered much family tragedy, and was sent as a young boy to various Indian boarding schools: strict, cold institutions that didn't allow their students to hold on to their Native American languages and traditions. Jim ran away from school many times, until he found his calling at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School. There, the now-legendary coach Pop Warner recognized Jim's athletic excellence and welcomed him onto the football and track teams.

Focusing on Jim Thorpe's years at Carlisle, this book brings his early athletic career, and especially his college football days, to life, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the 20th century. This is a book for history buffs as well as sports fans: an illuminating and lively listen about a truly great American.

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 10/18/2013

    " I had to read this for school and not being a sports fan I thought I'd hate it, but ended up really enjoying it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donnie | 2/23/2013

    " i like this book so far, its good because it talks about the games he played in, how he played, and what happens on the trips to the games "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dalton | 1/8/2013

    " This book was one of the best biographies i have ever read. It went through his entire life form when he was born to when he died and ti was very detailed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tobias | 3/13/2012

    " I thought the book was exceptional. I thought the experiences could have been more directed to his school, but hey, I don't mind reading about sports!!:) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Fredrick Danysh | 3/4/2012

    " Jim Thorpe was a Native American from Oklahoma was was a natural in several sports. One of the earliest Olympic scandals involved him as at the time professional athletes could not compete in the Olympics. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 2/14/2012

    " I found this book a bit juvenile although it was in the adult section. A young boy would like this book perhaps as it was predominately about the details of football games, especially at the end. The story also ended when Jim Thorpe was a young man, bypassing his adult years. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 crazy-fluffy-man | 12/30/2011

    " it was a great book "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay Gottlieb | 7/14/2011

    " This book was about a very talented indian athlete. It was very interesting to see how they were treated and different techniques they used to win each game. This book was pretty good but I didn't think that it was a book young girls would like very much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dave | 9/30/2010

    " I found this book a bit juvenile although it was in the adult section. A young boy would like this book perhaps as it was predominately about the details of football games, especially at the end. The story also ended when Jim Thorpe was a young man, bypassing his adult years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meredith | 1/29/2010

    " I had to read this for school and not being a sports fan I thought I'd hate it, but ended up really enjoying it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lindsay | 7/3/2009

    " This book was about a very talented indian athlete. It was very interesting to see how they were treated and different techniques they used to win each game. This book was pretty good but I didn't think that it was a book young girls would like very much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dalton | 1/27/2009

    " This book was one of the best biographies i have ever read. It went through his entire life form when he was born to when he died and ti was very detailed. "

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About the Author
Author Joseph Bruchac

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist, and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children, including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief.