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Apache: Girl Warrior by Tanya Landman

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Apache: Girl Warrior by Tanya Landman
Published by Walker Books, 2007

The injustice of what happened to America’s native peoples was the inspiration for Tanya Landman’s Apache. The creation of the book’s heroine warrior was born out of a deep anger at their plight and the realization that their massacre was somehow justified in the cause of the expansion of the USA.

When Siki sees her brother brutally slain in a Mexican ambush, she vows revenge.
In an unbearable sequence of events her mother was killed by Mexicans three years previously and her father died in an ambush the winter before. She therefore has no option but to avenge her little brother Tazhi’s death. Only in taking on this cause can she live with her insufferable loss.

Shortlisted for two prestigious awards, the Carnegie Medal and the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2008, this is a great read for anyone who appreciates one young woman’s determination to fight for her land, her tribe and her life!