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Canyon Dreams by Michael Powell
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Jun 29, 2021 | ISBN 9780525534686

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Praise for Canyon Dreams:
“What a beautiful, big-hearted, illuminating  book Michael Powell has written. Canyon Dreams is at once particular and universal as we follow the coming of age journey of the Navajo basketball boys of Chinle High.”–David Maraniss, author of Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball’s Last Hero

“In Canyon Dreams, Michael Powell transports us to a Navajo reservation with an old basketball coach who teaches the X and O’s of hope to a group of high-schoolers who have had little reason to believe it exists. It is as inspiring as it is heartbreaking: I couldn’t put it down.”—Joe Drape, author of the New York Times bestseller Our Boys: A Perfect Season on the Plains with the Smith Center Redmen

“Unmistakably beautiful. Powell is a gifted and giving writer, and his book is at once a reflection on youth and ambition and a fascinating chronicle of a town’s struggle to survive in a world that’s often cruel and hostile.”—NPR

““(An) engrossing, more expansive book….[Canyon Dreams] becomes a gripping, propulsive story about a playoff run.”Washington Post

“Powell knows his basketball, and his game accounts are exciting, but the real strength of Canyon Dreams is the insight it provides into the unique culture of the reservation.”Booklist

“Delivering a deeply felt portrait of life… As exciting as a full-court press and a thoughtful study of young athletes in a world little known to outsiders.”Kirkus Reviews

“Powell’s immersion in the people and their traditions is heartfelt and lyrical, tied to the land and culture that leave kids to ponder ‘Can I leave this? I don’t know yet. It’s my puzzle.'”—Shelf Awareness

“Powell writes with intense empathy about the limited choices and chances players face after their glory days at Chinle High…. Powell’s intimate portrayal of students, teachers and an inspirational coach at Chinle High School is an important contribution to the literature on the education crisis that’s affecting native youth.”Liz Willen, The Hechinger Report

“Canyon Dreams is a sports book, but one unlike any you’ve read before, and one that will stay with you long after the final horn has sounded.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

“With Canyon Dreams, [Powell] combines his journalist’s keen observational skill with a poet’s sensitivity and creates a book which will linger in the minds of readers long after the final page has been finished.”—Lincoln Journal Star

“Powell captures the hopes and fears of his subjects, affirming that sports are more than just a game—they’re a proving ground, a motivating factor, and an escape from the hardships of generational trauma”Tribal College Journal, Best Native Books of 2019 

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