The Powwow Dog (hardcover) Trade Book

Written By Joseph Bruchac
Illustrated by Dale Deforest
Critically Reviewed
When Jamie and Marie Longbow find out about the mysterious ghost dog that steals food from the Powwow and no one has been able to catch, they are determined to find out what’s going on. When they finally get closer to it, it runs into the spooky abandoned house—with a buffalo burger dangling from its mouth—where Old Man Jimmerson used to live. Is it really a ghost dog? Should they go in? How are they going to solve this mystery when they are terrified of what might be on the other side of the door?
  1. Hardcover
    Price $17.95
SKU WW-NL5529
ISBN 9781478868699
Number Level 34
Letter Level O
SKU WW-NL5529
ISBN 9781478868699
Number Level 34
Lexile level 1570L
Letter Level O
Series Reycraft Books
Language English
BISAC Subject Headings Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Native American
Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Chapter Books
Juvenile Fiction / Mysteries & Detective Stories
Juvenile Fiction / People & Places / United States / Native American
Juvenile Fiction / Readers / Chapter Books
Price $17.95
Author & Illustrator

Joseph Bruchac

I’m a writer and traditional storyteller. An enrolled member of the Nulhegan Band of the Abenaki Nation, I’ve performed as a storyteller and sold books and my own crafts at northeastern powwows since the early 1980s. My family and I run the annual Saratoga Native American Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York. One of my favorite powwow memories is when I was honored with a blanket at the Shelburne Museum powwow in Vermont twenty years ago.

Dale DeForest

I was born in Tuba City, Arizona, but raised on the Navajo Reservation in northwestern New Mexico. My mother says I’ve been an illustrator since I was able to hold a crayon.
I used to lie on my back and draw pictures under the coffee table in my parents’ living room. Apart from being an illustrator, I’m a storyteller, graphic designer, and musician.
I reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and am a happily married father of two. Anything and everything I do, I do for my loved ones. The ultimate goal of my career is to do what I do, from the comfort of my home. Several of the characters depicted in this adorable story were inspired by loved ones in my own life, namely my mother, sister, and brother.

Reviews

Gr 1-4–The second book in a mystery series features a dog who swipes buffalo burgers from the Seneca Chef’s stand at the powwow. Marie and Jamie, twin siblings, come to the event with their grandparents. They pass an old house on the edge of the reservation and the stage is set for the unfolding of the mystery. Bruchac, a storyteller and Abenaki author, tells a gentle story about the strong relationships between grandparents and children, the inviting atmosphere of the powwow grounds, and the mystery-solving ability of children. Deforest’s colorful illustrations convey the feelings the characters experience: joy, excitement, fear, sadness, and relief. Marie, Jamie, and their grandparents are Native, but their specific nation is not revealed. The book is divided into short chapters, creating a sort of picture book/graphic novel hybrid, which should appeal to emerging and/or reluctant readers. VERDICT An accessible and fun story that introduces young readers to Native culture, recommended for elementary and homeschool collections.

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