Brandon Hobson is a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Reading the West Book Award for his novel Where the Dead Sit Talking. In 2021, his novel The Removed was winner of the Western Heritage Award and named a Best Book by Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar, Time, Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Library Journal. His other books include Desolation of Avenues Untold and the novella Deep Ellum. His work has appeared in the Best American Short Stories anthology, the Pushcart Prize anthology, The Believer, The Paris Review Daily, Conjunctions, NOON, and McSweeney’s, among other places. He is an assistant professor of creative writing at New Mexico State University and teaches in the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. Hobson is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee Nation Tribe of Oklahoma. His middle-grade debut novel, The Storyteller, is set to publish in May 2023.
Book by Brandon Hobson
From National Book Award Finalist Brandon Hobson, a kaleidoscopic middle-grade adventure that mixes the anxieties, friendships, and wonders of a Cherokee boy's life with Cherokee history and lore.
Ziggy has ANXIETY. Partly this is because of the way his mind works, and how overwhelmed he can get when other people (especially his classmate Alice) are in the room. And partly it's because his mother disappeared when he was very young, making her one of many Native women who've gone mysteriously missing. Ziggy and his sister, Moon, want answers, but nobody around can give them.
Once Ziggy gets it in his head that clues to his mother's disappearance may be found in a nearby cave, there's no stopping him from going there. Along with Moon, Alice, and his best friend, Corso, he sets out on a mind-bending adventure where he'll discover his story is tied to all the stories of the Cherokees that have come before him.
Ziggy might not have any control over the past -- but if he learns the lessons of the storytellers, he might be able to better shape his future and find the friends he needs.