Little Brother of War


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Sixteen-year-old Mississippi Choctaw Randy Cheska has lived most of his young life in the shadow of his older football-hero brother, Jack. After Jack is killed while serving in Iraq, Randy’s father puts even more pressure on Randy to excel in football. But Randy has no interest in sports and has never been good at them. Imagine Randy’s surprise when he discovers stickball, a game he’s immediately drawn to. But stickball is a sport Randy’s father considers a relic of the Choctaw past, when it was known as Little Brother of War and was used to settle disputes between communities. Randy’s determination to play this legendary game, guided by a mysterious visitor, leads him on a challenging and unexpected journey of self-discovery.

Little Brother of War is a fiction story for readers 12-16 years old.

“Little Brother of War” is a term used to describe a semi-sacred game that Native people played prior to European arrival. The game was viscous and dangerous. The game eventually evolved into a modern sport which is more commonly referred to today as “Lacrosse”.

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Little Brother of War

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Publisher : 7th Generation (August 1, 2013)
Language : English
Paperback : 120 pages
Reading age : 12 – 16 years
Grade level : 6 – 10
Item Weight : 4 ounces
Dimensions : 4.5 x 0.38 x 7 inches

More about the author:

Born in Dallas, Texas, Gary Robinson is a writer, filmmaker, artist and lecturer of Choctaw and Cherokee Indian descent. For the past 25 years, he has participated in the production of more than 100 educational, informational, training and documentary television projects, primarily on Native American topics. His first non-fiction book, From Warriors to Soldiers, was published in 2008. Most recently he published Lands of our Ancestors, an historical novel for elementary age kids about what it was like for California Indians in the Spanish mission system. Before that he helped launch the first series of short fictional books for teens called the Pathfinders series. Published by 7th Generation/Native Voices Books, this book series features American Indian main characters and plots. He also does educational and group presentations on Native American Military History, California Mission History and Native Contributions to America and the World. He currently lives in southern California near Santa Barbara.

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