Jim Thorpe, Original All-American

Penguin, 2 . 2008 . - 288 .
Jim Thorpe was one of the greatest athletes who ever lived. He played professional football, Major League Baseball, and won Olympic gold medals in track & field. But his life wasn’t an easy one. Born on the Sac and Fox Reservation in 1887, he encountered much family tragedy, and was sent as a young boy to various Indian boarding schoolsstrict, cold institutions that didnt allow their students to hold on to their Native American languages and traditions. Jim ran away from school many times, until he found his calling at Pennsylvanias Carlisle Indian School. There, the now-legendary coach Pop Warner recognized Jims athletic excellence and welcomed him onto the football and track teams.

Focusing on Jim Thorpes years at Carlisle, this book brings his early athletic careerand especially his college football daysto life, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the twentieth century. This is a book for history buffs as well as sports fansan illuminating and lively read about a truly great American.

 

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LibraryThing Review

  - jimocracy - LibraryThing

It was very off-putting to hear the author (who was only 11 when Jim Thorpe died) narrate Thorpe's story from the first person. All the cheery glibness made me want to puke. At least my library had accurately catagorized this as fiction. What a waste of time!

JIM THORPE: Original All-American

  - Kirkus

Jim Thorpe was a modern American Indian hero. At Carlisle Indian Industrial School, Thorpe excelled in sports and later became known as the world's greatest athlete. Taking money to play semi-pro ...

YOU CAN CALL ME
RUNNING AWAY
THE FINEST GAME IN THE WORLD
CARLISLES VISIT
BACK HOME
GARDEN GROVE
OFF TO CARLISLE
FOLLOW THE TROLLEY TRACKS
THE ASSOCIATION
DOING WELL
OKLAHOMA SUMMER
WARMUP GAMES
THE TOUGHEST SEASON
THE RELUCTANT TRACK STAR
SUMMER BALL
BEING MISSED

CADET THORPE
THE ROUTINE
OUTING
CLEARING THE
KEEP AGOIN
Chapter 14
SUMMER AT CARLISLE
NOBODY TACKLES
THE WORLD OF THE FOOTBALL BOYS
INDIAN FIELD
FIRST TOUCHDOWN
TOUGH SEASONS
A FRIEND FOR LIFE
SO FAR SO GOOD
HARVARD
ALL AMERICAN
BETTER THAN EVER BEFORE
OLYMPIC GLORY
ALL KINDS OF OPPORTUNITIES
THE 1912 SEASON
EVERYTHING COMES TO AN

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Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.