The Adventures of Chuka: The Indian Boy Who Lived in the Foothills of Arizona’s Huachuca Mountains


Paul Martin is a retired army intelligence officer who was stationed twice in Southern Arizona, where this book takes place. He’s written and contributed to various nonfiction publications on South Africa, Mexico, El Salvador, and the United Nations. His “Chuka stories” began as tales that he told to his five children, and eventually his eleven grandchildren.

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Ten-year-old Chuka loves the Huachuca Mountains of Southern Arizona. Though they’re home to dangers like rattlesnakes, rockslides, and black bears, they’re also a place of great beauty. With his half-wolf dog Winatuk, he leaves his home on the Ahsencharo Indian Reservation as often as he can to roam the foothills in search of adventure.

Chuka’s family has taught him how to survive any threats he might encounter, and he always brings the bow and arrows and knife that his grandfather gave him. But as Chuka discovers, keeping himself alive is the easy part. The greater challenge is helping others in need—even when doing so might get him into trouble.

Set in a time before cell phones and video games, The Adventures of Chuka will appeal to any kid (and adult) who’s faced a simple choice: Do what I should do, or do what I must do?


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