The Heart of Everything That Is


The Heart of Everything That Is


The Heart of Everything That Is

Bob Drury and Tom Clavin

Publication Date: 02/07/2017
Themes: Native Americans, Oglala Lakota Tribe, Sioux Tribe, Red Cloud's War, 1866-1867
Age: 10+ years old
Pages: 320


From bestselling authors Bob Drury and Tom Clavin comes the epic, untold story one of the most powerful Sioux warriors of all time, Red Cloud—now adapted for a younger audience!

“I have but a small spot of land left. The Great Spirit told me to keep it.” —Red Cloud

This young readers edition of the New York Times bestseller of the same name tells the long forgotten story of the powerful Oglala Lakota chief, Red Cloud. At the height of Red Cloud’s power the Sioux claimed control of vast parts of the west. But as the United States rapidly expanded, the country brutally forced the Indians off their lands.

Fighting for the survival of the Sioux way of life, Red Cloud successfully secured the loyalty of thousands of fierce fighters, including Crazy Horse, and is the only American Indian in history to defeat the United States Army in a war.

Thanks to the rediscovery of Red Cloud’s long-lost autobiography, and painstaking research by two award-winning authors, and with the help of a world-class adapter, the story of the nineteenth century’s most powerful and successful Indian warrior can finally be told.




Review from Booklist

Grades 5-8 Award-winning author duo Drury and Clavin have penned a number of best-selling works of military history. This is the carefully adapted young readers' version of their most recent adult book, which tells the story of Red Cloud, a powerful Oglala Lakota chief who lived during the nineteenth century in the American West. His biography reads like an adventure tale, from his nomadic youth, to his attacks as a young warrior on U.S. outposts, his diplomatic missions to Washington, D.C., to meet with two American presidents, and his ultimate defeat and relocation to the infamous Pine Ridge Reservation. Much of this information is only available due to Red Cloud's newly discovered autobiography, and the authors create a vividly painted characterization by digging deep into historical records, artifacts, and even Red Cloud's own surviving ancestors. By recounting the story of one warrior, the book retells the tragic story of an infamous frontier conflict from an oft-ignored perspective.

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