Cal Burton is half Ute Indian, but he hasnt given much thought to his heritage until his parents suddenly divorce. When his Ute mother takes Cal and the rest of his family to Utah to live with their grandfather on the reservation where she grew up, Cal resents being taken away from everything that matters to him, especially his father. Hes also lost his all-star status as a basketball player, and trying to ignite the perpetually losing team at his depressing new school isnt worth the trouble it causes him. Cal is angry about a lot of things, but hes especially put off by the apathy of the local tribe members, particularly the teens, and by the poor standard of living on the reservationfar below what hes always kwn. He's shocked when confronted with blatant racism in town for the first time in his life. Back in Spokane, he was admired for his dark skin and piercing blue eyes. Here, people seem to back away whenever he tells them his name. Even worse, the racist local sheriff seems to have it in for him. As he tries to unravel these mysteries, Cals shocked to find his own father a suspect in his Aunt Jackies murder there twenty years before. Determined to get at the truth, Cal reawakens decades-old bitterness, spurring so tragic an act of vengeance that he vows to let thing stop him. Suspenseful and richly layered, I Am Nuchu is a coming-of-age story about a teen struggling with his own identity as he forges his rightful place between two drastically different worlds.
Date of Publication
Young Adult Fiction
Country of Publication
Library binding,Paper over boards,With dust jacket