6 CDs. 6:32 hrs. Listening Library. Jan. 2017. $40. ISBN 9780553552812. digital download.
Gr 5–8—Students at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania were not allowed to speak in their native tongue and were forced to act like white students with new names and new clothes. Jim Thorpe, who grew up on a reservation but adopted many customs from white people, did not enter the school until he was 15 years old. He would go on to be one of the greatest athletes who ever lived; while at Carlisle, he played football for legendary coach Pop Warner, ran track, and toyed with baseball. While some thought that Thorpe was a reserved young man, listeners learn that he was more of a prankster and a bit defiant at times. Mark Bramhall's storytelling is spot on.
VERDICT No need to be a football fan to appreciate this highly recommended audio told by a master.

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