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  • Published: 15 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780142422984
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $15.99

Talking Leaves



A work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, from the acclaimed author of Code Talker.

A work of historical fiction about Sequoyah and the creation of the Cherokee alphabet, from the acclaimed author of Code Talker 

Thirteen-year-old Uwohali has not seen his father, Sequoyah, for many years. So when Sequoyah returns to the village, Uwohali is eager to reconnect. But Sequoyah’s new obsession with making strange markings causes friends and neighbors in their tribe to wonder whether he is crazy, or worse—practicing witchcraft. What they don’t know, and what Uwohali discovers, is that Sequoyah is a genius and his strange markings are actually an alphabet representing the sounds of the Cherokee language. 

The story of one of the most important figures in Native American history is brought to life for middle grade readers. This text includes a note about the historical Sequoyah, the Cherokee syllabary, a glossary of Cherokee words, and suggestions for further reading in the back matter.


* “Bruchac has crafted a tale of depth and universal humanity in this fictionalized account of Sequoyah, the creator of the Cherokee syllabary, and his son, Jesse." —School Library Journal, starred review 

“Although the particulars of the novel occur two hundred years ago, the universality of fitting into a blended family and looking for love and acceptance from a once-absent father feel strikingly contemporary." —Horn Book

"A vivid retelling of a pivotal time for the Cherokee nation.” Kirkus Reviews

  • Published: 15 August 2017
  • ISBN: 9780142422984
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $15.99

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Praise for Talking Leaves

A tale of depth and universal humanity . . .This is a strong middle grade novel that offers a needed perspective on Cherokee history and the life of a key historical figure

School Library Journal,starred review

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