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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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Workshop 8: Social Justice and Action - Joseph Bruchac and Francisco Jimenez
Authors and Literary Works
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Authors and Literary Works
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Works By and About Author

Francisco Jiménez
Joseph Bruchac

Francisco Jiménez

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Jiméénez, Francisco. Breaking Through. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2001.
    In this memoir about his teenage years, Jiménez writes about the poverty and discrimination he and his family faced when they were forced out of their California home by immigration officers.

    ---. The Christmas Gift/El Regalo de Navidad. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
    This bilingual picture book retells one of the stories from The Circuit, based on one of Jiménez's childhood memories of Christmas.

    ---. The Circuit: Stories From the Life of a Migrant Child. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1997.

    ---. La Mariposa. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
    This illustrated children's book recounts the experiences of a Spanish-speaking boy and his struggles to make it through his first year of school.

Further Readings About the Author


    Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 32, 47-52. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 1999.
    This series offers biographical and bibliographical information about Jiménez.

    Contemporary Authors New Revision Series. Vol. 90, 177-79. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2000.
    Contemporary Authors contains biographical sketches of many authors, including Jiménez.

    Day, Frances Ann. Latina and Latino Voices in Literature. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2003, 197-220.
    This compilation includes biographical information about Jiménez as well as discussions of his works.

    Meier, Matt S. Notable Latino Americans. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1997, 212-15.
    This book includes an article about Jiménez and his important contributions to American society.

Web Sites

    Francisco Jiménez
    Jiménez's Web site at Santa Clara University offers a biography and bibliography, as well as study guides and reviews of his works.


    Bold, Katherine. "The Grapes of Wrath." Santa Clara Magazine (Spring 1996):28-33.
    In this article, Bold discusses Jiménez's career as a professor, and how his childhood in a migrant family affected his writing and professional goals.

    Krieger, Dan. "In Steinbeck, Migrant Teen Saw His Life Reflected." The San Luis Obispo Tribune, October 28, 2001, B4.
    This article compares the life portrayed in Breaking Through to the world Steinbeck described in his novels.

Joseph Bruchac

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Bruchac, Joseph. The Arrow Over the Door. New York: Penguin Putnam, 1998.
    Based on a true story, The Arrow Over the Door tells of an emerging conflict in 1777, and the way two boys from opposing sides choose a peaceful solution.

    ---. Bowman's Store: A Journey to Myself. New York: Dial, 1997.
    In this memoir of his childhood, Bruchac recounts his personal struggle to find himself through his family's Abenaki heritage.

    ---. A Boy Called Slow. New York: PaperStar/Putnam, 1998.
    This novel depicts the journey of a Lakota Sioux boy named Slow, who eventually becomes one of the most recognized Native American chiefs.

    ---. Children of the Longhouse. New York: Dial, 1996.
    This historical novel centers around 11-year-old Ohkwa'ri's conflicts with a bully, but also provides an informative picture of Mohawk culture and tribal life.

    ---. Dawn Land. Golden, CO: Fulcrum, 1995.
    Bruchac combines Abenaki and other Native American stories with historical fact to create this novel about life in North America after the Ice Age.

    ---. Flying With the Eagle, Racing the Great Bear: Stories from Native North America. Mahwah, N.J.: BridgeWater, 1993.
    Bruchac's collection of traditional coming-of-age tales comes from many different Native American cultures.

    ---. The Journal of Jesse Smoke: A Cherokee Boy, Trail of Tears, 1838. New York: Scholastic, 2001.
    This novel tells the story of a young boy and his family, who are forced to leave their home and move westward.

    ---. Lasting Echoes: An Oral History of Native American People. New York: Silver Whistle/Harcourt Brace, 1997.
    Based on the oral histories of more than 100 Native Americans, this book for young audiences attempts to retell American history from a Native American perspective.

    ---. Navajo Long Walk: The Tragic Story of a Proud People's Forced March From Their Homeland. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic, 2002.
    This novel recounts how U.S. soldiers forced hundreds of Navajo families to move into reservations in an effort to "civilize" them, and how these reservations were finally closed in 1868.

    ---. Skeleton Man. New York: HarperCollins, 2001.
    On a journey to find her parents, Molly is haunted by the Mohawk story her father told her about the Skeleton Man.

Further Readings About the Author


    Linquist, Mark, Martin Zanger, and Kimberly Blaeser, eds. Buried Roots and Indestructible Seeds: The Survival of American Indian Life in Story, History, and Spirit. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1995.
    This anthology of literary works and critical essays includes pieces by Joseph Bruchac, and analyses of themes in Native American literature.

Web Sites

    Joseph Bruchac Storyteller & Writer
    Bruchac's Web site offers a biography and bibliography of the author, as well as a performance schedule and itinerary.


    Hirschfelder, Arlene B. "Native American Literature for Children and Young Adults." Library Trends (Winter 1993):414-36.
    This article discusses the need for authenticity and cultural sensitivity in Native American literature for children and young adults.

    Menagh, Melanie. "Once Upon a Time: Keeping Alive the Power of Imagination." Omni (September 1992):27.
    This article describes the power of storytelling, mentioning authors like Bruchac who have nourished childrens' imaginations.

    Ricker, Meredith. "A MELUS Interview: Joseph Bruchac." MELUS (Fall 1996):159-78.
    Bruchac discusses his childhood, his optimistic attitude, and the importance of storytelling and history.

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