Audience:Children: Age (years) 8 - 12, Grade (US) 3 - 7
Dimensions:7.75in x 5.06 x 0.54 in | 0.31 lb
Page Count:192 pages
Joseph Bruchac is the premier Native American voice writing for children: The coronavirus pandemic has disproportionately impacted Native communities, and Joseph Bruchac is the right person to tell part of that story.
Novel in verse: This is his first verse novel, but Joseph Bruchac is an accomplished poet and the writing in this novel is spare, moving, and lovely.
Putting the coronavirus crisis in context: For Malian and indigenous people in America, this pandemic is the latest in a series of threats to their survival. These threats are tied up with European colonization of Native land, and COVID-19 is part of that story.
A girl and her dog: Malian meets Malsum, the local rez dog, in the first pages of the novel and he is her companion as she becomes part of the reservation community herself.
Contemporary indigenous story: Many novels about indigenous people are historical, but this one represents current life on a reservation in the Northeast.
Praise for Rez Dogs
Kirkus Reviews Best Books
School Library Journal Best Books
NPR Books We Love
NCTE/CLA Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts Award
Nerdy Book Club Award—Best Poetry and Novels in Verse
Chicago Public Library Best Fiction for Younger Readers
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Finalist
NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books
North Carolina Junior Book Award Nominee
Wisconsin’s Just One More Page Reading List
★ “Hidden throughout this moving novel in verse, old stories are discovered like buried treasures.”—Kirkus, starred review
★ “Bruchac intricately interweaves past and present stories…in this rewarding intergenerational narrative.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ “Deftly handles weighty issues and provides readers a story they can connect with…[A] dose of hope for the future.”—School Library Journal, starred review
★ “Story telling is an important part of culture, and Bruchac is a masterful storyteller who weaves culture with narrative."—School Library Connection, starred review
“With this gentle book, Bruchac offers children another story to expand their worlds and hearts.”—Booklist
“A gentle book about family and history.”—Betsy Bird for A Fuse #8 Production/SLJ