Joe’s Books: These are books I have written and illustrated. This is a series on 19th Century Central Idaho which begins in 1862 about the pioneers, Native Americans, and Chinese in the gold country. My story mostly follows twelve-year-old Erik Larson, who along with his sister, Katrine, are orphaned on their way to find a high valley (that reminds the Swedish settlers of Sweden) in pre-Idaho Territory. Samuel Chambers, who is fourteen, is introduced in Sojourner of Warren’s Camp, which is a historical account of 1871 Warren, Idaho, a gold camp. Samuel is befriended by Sing Chen, a Chinese youth. The stories follow teenage protagonists as they come of age and eventually are caught up in the Sheepeater Indian War of 1879 (to be written.)
All the books are stand-alone since I do give adequate backstory, but the best order is Sheepeater, Katrine, Sojourner, and Salmon River Kid. All include accurate geography, historical events, and maps of the region. You can order through any bookseller online or order here, from me. I’d be honored to autograph each book, and if you want something written in it, as a gift for someone, for example, please let me know in an email. My books have received a number of honors. Katrine was one of two finalist books for the Western Writers of America spur awards for young adult. Although my stories contain adult themes, they are suitable for teens as they are written at a cross-over level (PG 13).
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Katrine: High Valley Home
With her family missing, nine-year-old Katrine Larson seeks her place among the Swedish settlers in a harsh, isolated valley among Sheepeater Indians and thieves.
During the Snake River Indian wars, Katrine: High Valley Home shares the traditions and ways of pioneer life among Swedish emigrants who struggle to farm in a mountain valley. This historically based novel is geographically centered on Long Valley, Idaho.
Katrine: High Valley Home is Erik Larson’s sister’s story. It is a novel of survival, coming-of-age, mixed cultures, and lawlessness. Although it is written through the eyes of a young girl as she struggles to survive extreme difficulties to her teenage years, first love, and the brink of marriage, it is written at a suitable level for young teenagers through adult. It is strongly based on Swedish culture as it would be in the 19th Century, the Native Americans of this region, the Chinese, and life and death scenarios. It is based on the geography and history of Central Idaho, particularly surrounding Long Valley. Katrine was awarded Editor’s Choice and Star designations by the publisher iUniverse. It earned a gold medal for best cultural fiction from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was also named a finalist (one of two) for the Western Writers of America young adult fiction.
Although the fourth novel by the author, it fits best as the second novel in the Sheepeater Indian series since it tells the story of what happened to Erik’s sister, the lead protagonist of the series. As all books in the series, it is a good stand alone novel since adequate backstory is given. The series is planned to conclude with the Sheepeater Indian War of 1879. All illustrations are the author’s work. The cover painting depicts the country near Long Valley, Idaho.
Katrine: High Valley Home A novel by Joseph Dorris. Paperback: 414 pages – Publisher: iUniverse Star (May 23, 2017) – Language: English
Softcover: ISBN: 978-1-5320-2005-6
Hardcover: ISBN: 978-1-5320-2006-3
E-book: ISBN: 978-1-5320-2007-0
Product dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches – Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Sheepeater: To Cry For A Vision
Erik Larson is twelve and orphaned. He is forced to choose between living with the ghost Indians, known as the Sheepeaters, or follow his white-man ways and likely perish.
Paperback – Paperback: 364 pages Publisher: iUniverse; Second Edition, Star Edition, (April 7, 2018) Language: English
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-5320-4531-8
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-5320-4700-8
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Sheepeater: To Cry for a Vision deals with survival, coming-of-age, and mixed cultures. It is written at a cross-over level between teenager and adult and is quite suitable for older teens. It is rich in Native American culture, the 19th Century pioneer days, and Swedish culture. It is based on the geography and history of Central Idaho, particularly the Middle Fork of the Salmon River. Sheepeater received a finalist award for historical culture from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. It was also awarded Editor’s Choice by iUniverse as well as their Star designation. It is now in its second edition.
Sheepeater is the first novel in a planned series that concludes with the Sheepeater Indian War of 1879. All the novels in the series can stand alone since adequate backstory is given in each. All illustrations are the author’s work. The cover painting depicts the Middle Fork of the Salmon River.
Sojourner of Warren’s Camp
Bent on helping his father find a lost quartz ledge, at fourteen, Samuel Chambers gets an education in survival against murdering thieves, unforgiving country, and a charming dancehall lady.
Sojourner of Warren’s Camp is a coming-of-age mining adventure involving fourteen-year-old Samuel Chambers. This introduction of Samuel Chambers deals with hardship and life-lessons, coming-of-age, conflicting friendships, cultural prejudices, and lawlessness. It is written at a cross-over level between teenager and adult and is quite suitable for older teens. It is rich in Chinese culture, the Native Americans, and 19th century prospecting and mining. It is based on the geography and history of Central Idaho, particularly Warren, Idaho and follows the 1871 history of the region while enfolding Samuel’s adventures. It introduces several of Idaho’s historical figures such as the Shearers and Frederick Burgdorf and gives historical anecdotes of these individuals.Sojourner of Warren’s Camp was awarded a silver medal for best cultural fiction Next Generation Independent Book Awards. It was also awarded Editor’s Choice by iUniverse.
Sojourner of Warren’s Camp is the third novel in a planned series that concludes with the Sheepeater Indian War of 1879. All the novels in the series can stand alone since adequate backstory is given in each. All illustrations are the author’s work. The cover painting depicts Warren’s Meadows.
A novel by Joseph Dorris Paperback: 316 pages Publisher: iUniverse; first edition (November 11, 2011) Language: English.
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-4620-6347-5
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4620-6349-9
E-book ISBN: 978-1-4620-6348-2
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
Salmon River Kid
Samuel Chambers must eke out a living on the Salmon River during a brutal winter while his heart is torn between a ranch-hand girl and returning to his life as a miner in the high country.
Salmon River Kid is the continuing saga of Samuel Chambers as he falls in love and comes of age in a hostile world in 1872 Idaho Territory. The book reveals life on the Salmon River from Slate Creek to Warrens during the years preceding the Nez Perce War of 1877.
Salmon River Kid is a coming-of-age adventure involving thirteen-year-old Samuel Chambers. This sequel to Sojourner of Warren’s Camp deals with survival, coming-of-age, and mixed cultures. It is written at a cross-over level between teenager and adult and is quite suitable for older teens. It is rich in Chinese miners, Nez Perce history, outlaws, and 19th Century ranching and mining. It is based on the geography and history of Central Idaho, particularly Slate Creek and the Main Salmon River up to French Creek and up to Burgdorf and Warren. Salmon River Kid was awarded a gold medal for best historical fiction Next Generation Independent Book Awards. It was also awarded Editor’s Choice by iUniverse as well as their Star designation.
Salmon River Kid is the fourth novel in a planned series that concludes with the Sheepeater Indian War of 1879. All the novels in the series can stand alone since adequate backstory is given in each. All illustrations are the author’s work. The cover painting depicts the upper headwaters of the Salmon River.
A novel by Joseph Dorris Paperback: 404 pages Publisher: iUniverse Star (May 3, 2017) Language: English
Softcover ISBN: 978-1-5320-2092-6
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-5320-2290-6
E-book ISBN: 978-1-5320-2093-3
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
Seeking Two Elks Fighting: Erik Larson, Sheepeater Indian Series
ISBN: SOFT COVER 9781663212672
Torn between his white man world and his Sheepeater Indian world, Erik Larson faces rising evil which threatens to destroy both worlds.
This is predominately Erik’s continuing story and is the fifth novel in my Sheepeater Indian Series. (All can stand alone since I give adequate background in each.) Erik Larson travels across southern Idaho Territory and up into Montana Territory and then across the Clearwater country and back through the Salmon River country (Slate Creek) and on back to see his sister Katrine. After seeking a second vision, Erik is confused to what his life’s path should be. During most of his travels, he is plagued by evil and attempts to reconcile his beliefs and actions, particularly when he rides with a young man whom he met early on and who is on a mission to exact revenge. I have laced the story with the historical events of the region through which Erik travels. The forthcoming book will address the rising conflict between settlers, the Native Americans (Nez Perce` War and Bannock War) and the Chinese. It will lead up to the Sheepeater Campaign.
The book is written at a cross-over level. Although it deals with some adult themes, including coming-of-age and some romance, the language and descriptions are written at an acceptable level for older teens. The cover illustration is taken from my painting of Jughandle Mountain on the east side of Long Valley in Idaho. I have also illustrated the novel with eleven pen and ink illustrations which are based on themes in the book. My pen and ink maps are based on USGS maps and show the main trails and settlements of the period. I’ve indicated the existing trails through the region in Erik’s time, including the Nez Percé Trail. This was the only route east and west through this region and, ironically, was missed by Lewis and Clark, who went north over Lolo Pass.