Native American Voices: Young Teens

Books by Indigenous and Native American authors for young teens.

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Updated November 3, 2023
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The barren grounds
Robertson, David
Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson. Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster...
I can make this promise
Day, Christine
In her debut middle grade novel--inspired by her family's history--Christine Day tells the story of a girl who uncovers her family's secrets--and finds her own Native American identity. All her life, Edie has known that her mom was adopted by a white couple. So, no matter how...
Indian no more
McManis, Charlene Willing
Notable Children's Book, Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Editors' Choices for Books for Youth, Booklist Notable Books for a Global Society, International Literacy Association (ILA) Amelia Bloomer Project - Feminist Task Force, American Library Association (ALA...
Indigenous Peoples' Day
Phillips, Katrina M.
Indigenous Peoples' Day is about celebrating! The second Monday in October is a day to honor Native American people, their histories, and cultures. People mark the day with food, dancing, and songs. Readers will discover how a shared holiday can have multiple traditions and be celebrated in all...
An indigenous peoples' history of the United States
Dunbar-Ortiz, Roxanne
New York Times Bestseller Now part of the HBO docuseries "Exterminate All the Brutes," written and directed by Raoul Peck Recipient of the American Book Award The first history of the United States told from the perspective of indigenous peoples ...
Living ghosts & mischievous monsters : chilling American Indian stories
Jones, Dan C.
Perfect for fans of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark! A shiver-inducing collection of short stories to read under the covers, from a breadth of American Indian nations. Dark figures in the night. An owl's cry on the wind. Monsters watching from the edge of the wood. ...
Notable native people : 50 indigenous leaders, dreamers, and changemakers from past and present
Keene, Adrienne
An accessible and educational illustrated book profiling 50 notable American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian people, from NBA star Kyrie Irving of the Standing Rock Lakota to Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation An American Indian...
One real American : the life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War general
Bruchac, Joseph
Children's book icon Joseph Bruchac tells the fascinating story of a Seneca (Iroquois) Civil War officer in One Real American: The Life of Ely S. Parker, Seneca Sachem and Civil War General. Ely S. Parker (1828-1895) is one of the most unique but little-known...
Race to the sun
Roanhorse, Rebecca
Lately, seventh grader Nizhoni Begay has been able to detect monsters, like that man in the fancy suit who was in the bleachers at her basketball game. Turns out he's Mr. Charles, her dad's new boss at the oil and gas company, and he's alarmingly interested in Nizhoni and her brother, Mac, their...
The sea in winter
Day, Christine
In this evocative and heartwarming novel for readers who loved The Thing About Jellyfish, the author of I Can Make This Promise tells the story of a Native American girl struggling to find her joy again. It's been a hard year for Maisie Cannon, ever since she hurt...
The sea-ringed world : sacred stories of the Americas
Garci?a Espero?n, Mari?a
Batchelder Award Honor Book School Library Journal Best of the Year Kirkus Best of the Year Booklist Editors' Choice Evanston Public Library's 101 Great Books for Kids Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best ABC Group Best Books for Young Readers ...
Sky Wolf's call : the gift of Indigenous knowledge
Yellowhorn, Eldon
From healing to astronomy to our connection to the natural world, the lessons from Indigenous knowledge inform our learning and practices today. How do knowledge systems get passed down over generations? Through the knowledge inherited from their Elders and ancestors, Indigenous Peoples...
We still belong
Day, Christine
A thoughtful and heartfelt middle grade novel by American Indian Youth Literature Honor-winning author Christine Day (Upper Skagit), about a girl whose hopeful plans for Indigenous Peoples' Day (and plans to ask her crush to the school dance) go all wrong--until she finds herself...

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