The Way is Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young-adult novel featuring an Abenaki youth dealing with teasing and bullying. In this story Cody is just beginning his high school career and deals with bullies through his imagination and trying to remain invisible to those who target weak students. Cody has a tendency to stutter and this makes him more self-conscience. In his imagination Cody is a super ninja hero who saves the students around him and is praised at his funeral. But on the day-to-day school front, Cody and other students have to try not to be the victims. Just when all looks bleak an unexpected visit of the uncle he never knew existed comes to stay at Cody's house. Growing up without his father present Cody is in need of a male role model and Uncle John meets the challenge. As a martial arts competitor Uncle John begins to teach Cody the way. It is not the way of the fist but practice and philosophy of martial arts shows Cody how everything is connected and leads to his growing confidence. The technique and teachings empower Cody to use his mind rather than brute strength to deal with a serious bullying situation at school. Reading Level: 7; Lexile Level: Level: 850L; Reading Counts: Level: 5.5.