Uleyli- The Princess & Pirate (A Junior Graphic Novel)
Based on the True Story of Florida’s Pocahontas
Written by G.C. Daniels; Illustrated by Santanu Mitra
Age Range: 09-12 ; Grade Range: 03-06
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She is a princess who longs to escape. He is a conquistador looking for adventure. Life in the village will never be the same.
“We enjoyed the book very much. It was right on target with our Native American Unit and the students were very interested and engaged. It gave them more insight as to what life was actually like then …. especially as Uleyli is a child around their age.” –Kerri Stolz, Fifth Grade Teacher, Celebration K-8, Celebration, Florida (The Town That Disney Built)
Uleyli is a princess–but she isn’t happy with all that comes with it. She’d rather daydream and create art than learn how to rule her people. When a Spanish boy, Juan Ortiz, is captured by Ulelyi’s father, she intervenes on his behalf and begins to plot her escape from her village. As she dreams of a new life in Cuba, Uleyli encounters a series of problems that put her dreams at risk. To solve her problems she will need to use the power of her creativity to help save her new friend, her village, and herself.
This graphic novel was inspired by the true story of a young Native American woman, Ulele, known as Florida’s Pocahontas. The beautiful full-color illustrations and simple text paint a picture of life in 16th-century Native American villages in what is now the southeastern United States. This is a story celebrating Ulele’s creativity and non-violent heroism.
Perfect for young fans of graphic novels (ages 9 – 12) who are interested in learning more about US history. Also available as an illustrated chapter book, perfect for classroom reading.
If you are looking for the following, you might like Uleyli: The Princess & Pirate!
- Native American stories/fiction for kids
- Graphic novels for kids
- Coming of age stories for readers 9-12
- Historical fiction for kids
- Strong female protagonist for young readers
There’s More Than One Way to be a Hero
“This was a real treat–an exciting story with a powerful message, what’s not to love? It’s always a pleasure to read a children’s book with a female main character who uses her brain to solve her problems (Uleyli’s passion for art is really inspiring). Plus, the Native American history in the book was all new to me and very interesting. This would be a great gift for kids–or adults, honestly–who love art, adventure, or history.” -Amanda Lee, Toronto, Ontario
“We enjoyed the book very much. It was right on target with our Native American Unit and the students were very interested and engaged. It gave them more insight as to what life was actually like then …. especially as Uleyli is a child around their age.” Kerri Stolz, Fifth Grade Teacher, Celebration K-8, Celebration, Florida
G.C. Daniels is a researcher, writer, TV Producer, explorer, and dad in Florida. He has crouched, crawled, and climbed his way around ancient sites in ten countries on three continents. He began researching Native American history in the Southeast United States during college and launched dedicated websites, including LostWorlds.org and TheNewWorld.us, to share his research. After years of research, he decided to create a graphic novel for his daughter to share his passion for ancient worlds and local cultures. Inspired by the idea that you have to put your art out there and ultimately your social networks make it succeed, he believes Uleyli’s story will inspire creators, makers, and artists.
I started researching ancient civilizations and the histories of native people in what is now the southeastern United States about eighteen years ago. I have always been fascinated by history and the details of little-known stories. Those years of research inspired me to explore the story of Uleyli and Juan Ortiz, Florida’s very own Pocahontas and John Smith.
As a father raising a young girl, I am always on the lookout for stories that are educational and that have strong female characters. Sadly, my daughter has read through most of the books out there, so I decided to combine my love of history and research with her love of graphic novels into Uleyli: The Princess & Pirate. This book celebrates a young native woman whose bravery and resourcefulness inspired an enduring legend. It is my hope that boys and girls alike will enjoy learning about Uleyli’s strength and importance in history and take away positive messages about non-violence, creativity, and kindness.
Publisher’s Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Names: Daniels, G. C., author. | Mitra, Santanu, illustrator.
Title: Uleyli, the princess & pirate (a junior graphic novel) : based on the true story of Florida’s Pocahontas / written by G. C. Daniels ; illustrated by Santanu Mitra.
Description: Waverly, GA : Rebourne Communications, 2018. | Summary: Inspired by the true story of Ulele, a young Native American woman known as Florida’s Pocahontas. | Grades 3-6.
Identifiers: LCCN 2018957035 | ISBN 978-0-9774189-4-7 (hardcover) | ISBN 978-0-9774189-5-4 (paperback)
Subjects: LCSH: Bildungsromans. | CYAC: Indians of North America–Fiction. | Women heroes–Fiction. | Courage–Fiction. | Florida–Fiction. | Historical fiction. | Graphic novels. | BISAC: JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Historical. | JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Native American. | JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American. | JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women. | GSAFD: Comic books, strips, etc. | Bildungsromans. | Historical fiction.
Classification: LCC PZ7.1.D31 Ul 2018 (print) | LCC PZ7.1.D31 (ebook) | DDC [Fic]–dc23.
- Native American history books for kids
- female protagonist
- fun graphic novels;
- coming of age;
- Florida history for kids;
- Native American comic books;
- books for girls;
- strong female children’s book;
- historical fiction for children;
- native books for girls;
- Native American children’s books;
- Native American history for kids;
- coming of age books for girls;
- Native American books;
- Native American history;
- Native American children’s books;
- Native American graphic novels;
- Native American books for kids;
- historical fiction
Juvenile (Child 0-12)
Age Range: 09 – 12
Grade Range: 03 – 06
JUV008090 : JUVENILE FICTION / Comics & Graphic Novels / Historical
JUV012080 : JUVENILE FICTION / Legends, Myths, Fables / Native American
JUV034000 : JUVENILE FICTION / Royalty
JUV011040 : JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places – United States – Native American
JUV039230 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Bullying
Regional Subject: Florida
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