A new work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, from the acclaimed author ofCode 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.
Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children’s book author, poet, novelist, and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications, fromAkwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographicand Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children, includingCode Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, andThe Heart of a Chief.