Landman, Tanya. I am Apache.

Author:Rosser, Claire
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

LANDMAN, Tanya. I am Apache. Candlewick. 305p. bibliog. c2008. 978-0-7636-3664-7. $1799. J S

A dramatic story, with a dramatic cover, telling of an adolescent girl who chooses to be a warrior to avenge the death of her little brother when Mexicans attacked her Apache tribe. The first enemies are Mexicans, and then the white settlers coming through Apache territory become the Apaches' enemies. The author is British and this is her first book published in America. She based the story of her heroine, Siki, on a historical figure, Lozen, "a woman warrior who rode beside Geronimo." There is a bibliography of 16 sources for further research.

Siki is something of a loner, an orphan whose father, mother and younger brother are dead. It is the savage death of her beloved four-year-old brother, which Siki witnesses hiding in a tree, which drives her to the decision to train to be a warrior. Her mentor becomes an older tribal leader, Golahka, who...

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