Battle Cry

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 6

Two boys, best friends, are torn between opposing sides of bloody war in 1862. Johnny is white, and Chaska is part Dakota. The boys have seen whites treat the Dakota with injustice and cruelty. And they have witnessed the Dakota seek revenge with violence and murder. Can Johnny and Chaska still be friends? Can they even survive? The answers are unclear as battle after battle of the Dakota Conflict tears apart their homes and the lives of everyone they love. Both boys must somehow find the strength and courage to face the terrible danger.

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Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 6
Genre Young Adult
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Books ®
Language English
Publication Date 2006-01-01
Text Type Fiction—Historical
BISACS YAF024150, YAF058120
Dewey [Fic]
ATOS Reading Level 5.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 111512
Accelerated Reader® Points 7.0
Features Awards and Reviewed

Illustrator: Rick Allen


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2006


Library Media Connection

“After reading this novel, students should have a very realistic picture of what life was like on the American frontier during this very volatile time period.”
Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“This novel provides not only a colorful and eye-opening look at the war for territory in the Dakotas but also the innocent struggle to maintain friendship amid hostility.”
School Library Journal