The Way

$17.00 each

+

It’s a story of self-confidence, of finding yourself, from the perspective of a young Abenaki student.

Available in hardcover only.  The Way, by Joseph Bruchac.  2007, 156 pages.

Moving from trailer park to trailer park has taught Cody LeBeau a thing or two about how to get along with kids his age. Or how to avoid them. He is pretty average—not too tall, not too good-looking, not too athletic—so it’s easy for him to go unnoticed. But when he ends up at Long River High School, Cody becomes a daily target for Grey Cook, a tall, skinny Koacook teen with his own family drama, and Jeff Chahna, a jock who likes to pick on kids just for a laugh.

Cody notices there’s one other guy who seems to get a lot of grief from the jock clique: Jackson Teeter, otherwise known as Stump. And there’s something really weird about Stump and his ever-present notebook and oversized backpack.

Just when Cody thinks he’s doomed to barely survive high school, his mother introduces him to a stranger—an uncle Cody’s never heard about. Uncle John, an accomplished martial arts fighter, has his own shameful secrets, but together he and Cody help each other find The Way: a path of peace in the midst of a world of anger.

It’s a story of self-confidence, of finding yourself, from the perspective of a young Abenaki student.

With more than 120 books and numerous awards to his credit, Joseph Bruchac is best known for his work as a Native writer and storyteller. But, he was also a varsity heavyweight wrestler at Cornell University and is a former high school and junior high school wrestling coach. For more than three decades, he has been a devoted student of the martial arts. He holds the ranks of pengawal and pendekar in pencak-silat, the martial art of Indonesia, and has studied various forms of tai chi, capoeira, kung fu wu su, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu with numerous teachers.

Publisher: Darby Creek Publishing
Culture Group: Abenaki