By Dwight Jon Zimmerman & Dee Brown
Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, $18.99, 208 pages
With the publication of Saga of the Sioux, Dwight Jon Zimmerman has adapted yet another historical classic for young readers. This novel’s roots are in Dee Brown’s 1971 New York Times bestseller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. Filled with plenty of pictures and maps and divided into accessible chapters, from the informative “Who Are the Sioux?” to various narrative accounts of the Sioux wars, Saga of the Sioux not only pays homage to its mentor text and the actual historical accounts, it also presents these accounts in a manner that is both interesting and comprehensible to the average middle school or high school student. I recommend this book to young adults with a budding interest in the history of the American west and to educators endeavoring to develop this interest in their students.
“We are only little herds of buffalo left scattered; the great herds that once covered the prairies are no more.”