Canyon Dreams: A Basketball Season On The Navajo Nation

ISBN-10: 0525534687
ISBN-13: 9780525534686
Author: Powell, Michael
Interest Level: 9-A
Publisher: Penguin Random House

Publication Date: June 2021

Copyright: 2019

Page Count: 272


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Interest Level

Grades 9-A

Reading Level

Accelerated Reader Level: 7.3
Accelerated Reader Points: 13.0

BISAC Subjects

HISTORY / Native American

SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies

Description
The moving story of a Navajo high school basketball team, its members struggling with the everyday challenges of high school, adolescence, and family, and the great and unique obstacles facing Native Americans living on reservations. Deep in the heart of northern Arizona, in a small and isolated patch of the vast 17.5-million-acre Navajo reservation, sits Chinle High School. Here, basketball is passion, passed from grandparent to parent to child. Rez Ball is a sport for winters where dark and cold descend fast and there is little else to do but roam mesa tops, work, and wonder what the future holds. The town has 4,500 residents and the high school arena seats 7,000. Fans drive thirty, fifty, even eighty miles to see the fast-paced and highly competitive matchups that are more than just games to players and fans. Celebrated Times journalist Michael Powell brings us a narrative of triumph and hardship, a moving story about a basketball team on a Navajo reservation that shows how important sports can be to youths in struggling communities, and the transcendent magic and painful realities that confront Native Americans living on reservations. This book details his season-long immersion in the team, town, and culture, in which there were exhilarating wins, crushing losses, and conversations on long bus rides across the desert about dreams of leaving home and the fear of the same.
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