Joseph Bruchac Hidden Roots

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In the book Hidden Roots, by Joseph Bruchac, an 11-year old boy named Howard, also known as Sonny, lives with his mother and short tempered father in upstate New York. His father works at the local paper mill but is injured and must stay home. His mother stays at home and works around the house. Sonny is a curious boy who always wonders about his heritage but his parents never really tell him much. The plot is not revealed until the end of the book where Sonny’s Uncle Louis, tells him about his heritage and that he is actually his grandfather. The writing of the book has a fairly easy to follow style. It gets the reader’s attention by foreshadowing important conflicts in the book such as the true identity of Sonny’s heritage. Sonny is under …show more content…
The author gives his accounts of what the Natives and their culture endured because his ancestors are Native. It lets people see more into a history they may not actually know about. There probably is not a better way to understand and read the history of a culture. Unless, you read about from someone who has been through it themselves or knows another who has.
In conclusion, the book Hidden Roots, by Joseph Bruchac, is about an eleven year old boy who gives his accounts of how he learned about his Native culture. The themes include racism and abuse of Native Americans, sterilization of women, lower income families, and domestic violence. The book gives an insight into history that may not have been known. It is also an influence on American Literature due to how cultures are really perceived.
The author, Joseph Bruchac, lives in the mountain foothills town of Greenfield Center, New York, in the same house where his maternal grandparents raised him. Most of his writing draws on that land and his Native ancestry. He is also of Slovak and English decent but focuses mainly on his Native roots. He, his sister and two sons, work extensively on projects involving the preservation of the Native culture, language and traditional skills. He holds a B.A, from Cornell University, an M.A. in Literature and Creative Writing form Syracuse and a Ph.D. in Comparative

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