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Danny Blackgoat, Navajo prisoner, Tim Tingle

Label
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo prisoner
Title
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo prisoner
Statement of responsibility
Tim Tingle
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Danny Blackgoat, a sixteen-year-old Navajo, is labeled a troublemaker during the Long Walk of 1864 and sent to a prisoner outpost in Texas, where fellow captive Jim Davis saves him from a bully and starts him on the road to literacy--and freedom
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Storyline
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Review
  • Gr 6-10 — The true story of the 1864 Navajo imprisonment and forced migration is told through the eyes of fictional 16-year-old Danny Blackgoat. Union soldiers capture him and his family along with numerous other Navajo families, destroying their homes and livestock before marching them through the desert at gunpoint. Oklahoma Choctaw storyteller Tingle never flinches from recounting the soldiers' cruelty, from withholding water and food to shooting an elderly man in the back. Danny is separated from his family and taken to a camp of Confederate prisoners, where he immediately makes one friend and one enemy from among the white prisoners. The villainous antagonist makes several attempts on the boy's life while the saintly friend nurtures him, teaches him English, and helps him escape. Throughout his episodic trials and tribulations, Danny's character reads more like a folk hero or legend than an individual, three-dimensional teen. The story is aimed at hi/lo readers, and the short, staccato sentences and unornamented prose make this a fast read-but perhaps too fast, as many threads are left dangling. While the history recounted here is important, this brief novel may raise more questions than it answers.—Sarah Stone, San Francisco Public Library --Sarah Stone (Reviewed November 1, 2013) (School Library Journal, vol 59, issue 11, p106)
  • The 1863 forced displacement of thousands of Navajo known as the Long Walk serves as milieu for this tale of a teenage survivor. Ripped abruptly by U.S. troops from his peaceful life in Canyon de Chelly, Danny endures verbal abuse, severe physical hardship, brutal beatings and even murder attempts on the trail with his Navajo neighbors. This continues after as well, at a Texas labor camp for Confederate Army prisoners. He never loses his spirit though and, with help from sympathetic whites, manages to escape at last--by sharing a coffin for a night and a day with a corpse. The nearly all-English dialogue makes it seem as if Danny understands more of what's going on than he should, since he doesn't speak that language. Nevertheless, Tingle, a Choctaw storyteller, spins a good yarn and, along with other respectful references to Navajo culture, ingeniously leverages its particular aversion to mention of or contact with the dead to magnify the terror of Danny's climactic challenge. Not an angry indictment, despite plenty of explicit brutality and prejudice, but a positive tribute to the fortitude of Danny and his Navajo community. (afterword) (Historical fiction. 10-13)(Kirkus Reviews, June 15, 2013)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10216954
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Tingle, Tim
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • HL550L
  • Decoding demand: 82 (very high)
  • Semantic demand: 97 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 79 (high)
  • Structure demand: 85 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.T489
LC item number
Dan 2013
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 6
  • 10
Reading level
4
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
PathFinders
Series volume
0001
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Conduct of life
  • Navajo Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Prisoners
  • Bullying
  • Navajo Long Walk, 1863-1867
  • Conduct of life
  • Navajo Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Prisoners
  • Bullies
  • Navajo Long Walk, 1863-1867
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site (Tex.)
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site (Tex.)
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo prisoner, Tim Tingle
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Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1006765
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
iii, 151 pages
Isbn
9781939053039
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013013183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781939053039
Label
Danny Blackgoat, Navajo prisoner, Tim Tingle
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1006765
Dimensions
18 cm.
Extent
iii, 151 pages
Isbn
9781939053039
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2013013183
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781939053039

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