Hi/Lo Books For Reluctant Readers

  • Native Teen Protagonists
  • Age Appropriate Plots
  • 2.5 - 4.5 Reading Level
  • Contemporary & Historic Fiction
  • Native Authors Ensure Accuracy

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Scott Sutton's latest craftbook expands on the knowledge and skills presented in his first book, Beadwork Techniques of the Native Americans. This volume presents eight new beadwork projects in which Scott includes personal, little-known tips that he has developed from his extensive experience.

Each lesson has easy to follow step-by-step instructions that are accompanied by full-color photographs and detailed illustrations. Projects include Medallions, Belt Buckles, Barrettes, Loom Beaded Belts, Scalp Feathers, Flat Fans, Moccasins, and Small Dance Bags. Each section includes information on selection of materials, tools, and necessary supplies.

But you don't have to be familiar with the earlier book to be able to make beaded items. Both novice and experienced crafters are guaranteed many hours of pleasure creating these beautiful Native American objects. Bead workers can use their new skills to produce other items as well as create their own designs.


Fifteen-year-old Mark Centeno is of Chumash, Crow, Mexican, and Filipino ancestry—he calls himself “four kinds of brown.” When Mark goes to live with his Chumash grandmother on the reservation in central California, he discovers a rich world of family history and culture that he knows very little about.

He also finds a pathway to better understanding a part of his own identity: the world of powwow dancing. Riveted by the traditional dancers and feeling the magnetic pull of the drums, Mark begins the training and other preparations necessary for him to compete as a dancer in one of America’s largest powwows.

Like all of our PathFinders novels for reluctant teen readers, this contemporary story is by a Native American author, features a linear plot, and is written at a 4.0 to 4.5 reading level.

Native Writers Voices of Power

A celebration of ten writers who have challenged stereotypes and told history from a perspective often silenced. The entertaining and poignant creative works of these writers will inspire young readers to continue their educations and reach for their own successes.

The full list of writers profiled:

Sherman Alexie (Spokane/Coeur d'Alene)
Louise Erdrich (Ojibwa)
Joseph Boyden (Cree/Métis)
N. Scott Momaday (Kiowa/Cherokee)
Marilyn Dumont (Cree/Métis)
Tomson Highway (Cree)
Joseph Bruchac (Abenaki)
Maria Campbell (Métis)
Tim Tingle (Choctaw)
Nicola Campbell (Interior Salish of Nle7kepmx (Thompson) and Nsilx (Okanagan)/Métis)

Age: 12 to 16
Reading level: 6.0
Character Education
Language Arts: Biography
Social Studies: United States, Native American Culture


2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Silver Juvenile Nonfiction

2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist Multicultural Non-Fiction

2013 USA Best Book Awards
Children's Non-Fiction 


“Until the latter part of the 20th century, the popularized story of Native People on the North American continent was never told by Native People. Momaday, Bruchac, Erdrich, and many others have forever altered the literary landscape. As native writers, we walk this hallowed earth with dignity and remembrance, sometimes to the drumbeat of the keyboard, but always on the bones of the unforgotten, our blood ancestors who struggled to survive. Native Writers: Voices of Power is a powerful testament to survival and offers a unique glimpse into the world of the Indian narrative. Thank you so much for including me in this volume.” - Author Tim Tingle

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