In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse

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Jimmy McClean is tired of being bullied because he is a blue-eyed Lakota Indian. So when Jimmy’s grandfather volunteers to take him on a camping trip following famed hero Crazy Horse’s life, it seems like nothing but a fun excursion to keep Jimmy’s mind off of bullies. This simple camping trip not only develops Jimmy’s understanding of Crazy Horse’s life, but ultimately Jimmy’s own.

Through a series of italicized flashbacks, Jimmy and his grandfather travel to many different cities as they follow important moments and battles in Crazy Horse’s life. Undoubtedly hearing these events told from a completely different perspective than the average history textbook is remarkably interesting, but most of the material in the book that are not related to Crazy Horse dragged a bit.

Despite this, the parts about Crazy Horse were extremely suspenseful and engaging. The accompanying map is absolutely necessary to properly follow the story and the glossary is also extremely helpful.

The story of two young men growing up—one historical, one current—is perfect for those studying the time period or those who simply want to follow In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse.

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Author Joseph Marshall III, Jim Yellowhawk, Illustrator
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Amulet Books
Publish Date 10-Nov-2015
ISBN 9781419707858
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Issue March 2016
Category Tweens


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