The Morning News—Melanie Moore
Author Brenda Stanley listens to sophomore Tye Teton speak during a presentation she gave at Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School Thursday. Students at the school just finished reading Stanley's book, "I Am Nuchu."
FORT HALL — A teacher's greatest challenge is getting students excited about learning. With the help of a local author, two teachers in Fort Hall have their students excited about reading.
Shoshone-Bannock Jr./Sr. High School teachers Kristin Dalquist and Lynette Proffitt had students in their reading classes read "I Am Nuchu," a novel written by Brenda Stanley of Blackfoot.
"I Am Nuchu" follows 17-year-old Cal, who is half Ute Indian. His life is uprooted when his parents divorce and Cal moves to Utah to live with his mother and grandfather on the Indian reservation. He grows angry at a lot of things, and finds himself struggling with his own identity as he uncovers dark family secrets.
Proffitt said her students really enjoyed reading the book and were able to connect with the characters and some of the obstacles Cal overcame.
"At the end of it they said 'let's read it again,'" Proffitt said.
Stanley has been speaking in classrooms throughout Eastern Idaho since the book was released last year, but said she was nervous for the students at Sho-Ban to read her book.
"Hearing that they've read it, enjoyed it—it's the best compliment," Stanley said.
Stanley wrote "I Am Nuchu" when she was 17 and living in Ballard, Utah, on the Fort Duchesne Indian Reservation.
"This is the age that I think is important," Stanley said. "I wrote it for you."
Sophomore Tye Teton said he enjoyed the book and the hardest thing about reading it was having to wait to find out what happens next.
"It was just really exciting," Teton said. "It was quite interesting."
"I Am Nuchu" is Stanley's second published book. The first, a cookbook called "The Zucchini Houdini," was released last July.