Broken Feather


Broken Feather
Historical fiction

A Nez Perce indian boy is forced to live on a reservation

Red flame flickers,

Warming hands.

Sunset glowing,

Painting lands.

Experience the joys of Broken Feather, a Nez Perce boy, as he fishes and hunts and lives the happy life of a free native, then agonize with him as his tribe goes to war and is ultimately confined to a reservation by the white people who took over his homeland. Written in Verla Kay's special cryptic rhyme, this story sensitively and lovingly tells of the heartbreak of the Nez Perce tribe and how they managed to stay proud and stand tall in spite of their hardships.

Awards and Recommendations:

  • Named a Best Children’s Book of the Year by Bank Street College of Education