Thursday, November 1, 2018

In the footsteps of Crazy Horse, a "Great Read"

In The Footsteps of Crazy Horse,” by Joseph Marshall III was recently named one of the Library of Congress’ 52 ‘Great Reads’ for 2018.

In the Footsteps of Crazy Horse by Joseph Marshall III
Every year, a list of books representing the literary heritage of the 50 states, DC and the US Virgin Islands is distributed by the Library of Congress’ Center for the Book during the National Book Festival. Each book is carefully selected from its native state. Most are children’s books though not always. 

Books may be written by authors from the state, take place in the state or celebrate the state’s culture and heritage. South Dakota’s 2018 winner exemplifies all of those criteria beautifully in a poignant coming-of-age story of a young bi-cultural Lakota boy being raised on a modern-day reservation in South Dakota. Marshall intertwines modern issues like school bulling, acceptance, self-awareness, and most of all the love of a close-knit family and especially the boy’s relationship with his Lakota grandpa and with his heritage. Beautifully written as you travel the coming-of-age roads (literally and figuratively) of Crazy Horse (once known as LightHair) and a Lakota boy growing up in the 21st century.

For more on the Great Reads program, visit

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