In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse
by Joseph M. Marshall III
Grades 4 & up
When Jimmy is teased for not being Lakota enough, his grandfather takes him on a road trip to the important places in the life of Crazy Horse, who was called Light Hair as a boy. They travel through South Dakota, Nebraska, Wyoming, and Montana, stopping both at national monuments and lesser known spots along the way. Grandpa Nyles, whose own great-grandfather was there, explains the significance of each stop to Jimmy, giving him a tangible connection to his own history. The stories of the battles, the westward expansion of the Whites, and the ultimate surrender of Crazy Horse are told from the Lakota perspective, providing a much needed alternative to what is usually taught in schools. The vivid descriptions of the battle scenes will keep even reluctant readers engaged. Recommended for grades 4 & up.