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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joseph Bruchac Narrator: Joseph Bruchac Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2016 ISBN: 9780451485700
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Here is a new work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, from the acclaimed author of Code Talker.

Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy or worse—practicing witchcraft. What they don’t know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language.

The story of one of the most important figures in Native American history is brought to life for middle grade readers.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A tale of depth and universal humanity…A strong middle-grade novel that offers a needed perspective on Cherokee history and the life of a key historical figure.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Although the particulars of the novel occur two hundred years ago, the universality of fitting into a blended family and looking for love and acceptance from a once-absent father feel strikingly contemporary.”

    Horn Book

  • “Themes of preserving identity and culture through both spoken and written language will appeal to readers of all ages.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Provides a look into a group of people largely unexplored by literature who, at one point, defined America.”


  • “This is as much a story about fathers and sons as it is about the legendary Sequoyah’s hugely significant work, and it offers multiple points of access for history buffs or fans of family dramas.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “As Joseph Bruchac announces the cast of characters, his authentic pronunciations evoke the mood of an elder storyteller and the rhythms of Native American oral traditions…Bruchac has created an engaging main character, a son who seeks connection with his father…Bruchac reveals the father-son relationship realistically and sensitively.”


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