Big Air by author Lorna Schultz Nicholson is one of her titles in James Lorimer's Podium Sports Series. In this 142-page novel, teenage snowboarder Jax has a Cree father and an alcoholic non-Aboriginal mother. The story revolves around the students as they train for a future in pro sports at an elite high school. Jax is a snowboarder but his new world in elite sports is threatened by the return of his elder brother. Jax must find the strength of character to find a way to be true to his family and be honest to his personal sport's career opportunity. Highly recommended.
Soapstone Signs is a 2014 release from Orca Echoes series that offers short chapter books aimed at readers between ages seven and nine. These popular classroom favourites are well suited for social responsibility and character building programs. The author sets the story in a contemporary James Bay Cree community with a nine year old boy as narrator. The boy lives with his non-Native dad and his Cree mom at a tourist lodge. Each summer a respected older carver comes by the lodge to sell his soapstone carvings to the tourists.
The Story of Little Bones: Legends of Princess Curious, written by Charm Logan, is an fantasy story that members of the entire family can enjoy. Readers see a whole new world through the eyes of Little Bones, a member of the fictional Ge-Lu tribe of Little People. Princess Curious (nicknamed Little Bones) meets a new group of friends whom she must keep secret from her community. Take part in her adventures as she learns about acceptance, tolerance and the power of friendship. This short, chapter book can be used to encourage new readers to start reading longer sections of text.
Moccasin Creek is one of the finalists for the First Nation Communities Read 2014–15 selection. The book describes the adventures of 9 year old Giniw, who is living a traditional Ojibwe lifestyle on the land with his Nokomis (grandmother). Main themes include the matriarchal culture, the culture of the canoe, water, and sustainable living. The book containing 12 full colour illustrations, is written in English with Ojibwe words and includes a glossary.
Thirteen-year-old Jak Loren is a typical boy with the usual problems a family with older sisters and younger brothers presents. Never mind the troubles at school - bullies and girls! When Jak goes to the ravine near his home in Brantford, Ontario to get away from Steven Burke, a bully who's been tormenting him, he discovers the ravine has a history that's much older than he thought. He meets Grandfather Rock, who shares with him the story of the people who have lived near the ravine for thousands of years. Soon Jak's eyes are opened to a new world of beings and respect.
Rabbit and Bear Paws Thank You Series is a unique set of 7 leveled readers written and illustrated by Ojibwe artist and author Chad Solomon. Chad has worked with educator Tanya Leary to create a set of Ojibwe focused leveled readers for Senior Kindergarten and grade one students. The Series explains how the characters, Rabbit, Bear Paws and Strawberry recognize and offer gratitude to each of the Seven Directions.
Rabbit and Bear Paws Sacred Seven Reader's Theatre is a 30-page Teacher Resource written by educator Tanya Leary to support Chad Solomon's graphic novel set, Sacred Seven. Each Reader's Theatre supports one of the Seven Grandfather Teachings: Love, Courage, Truth, Wisdom, Humility, Honesty, and Respect. Designed for primary grades one to three each script offers curriculum connections, as well as Differentiated Instruction and Literacy Extensions. The scripts feature the characters from the Sacred Seven series and include Rabbit, Bear Paws, and Strawberry.
Thunder on the Plains is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read. This 121-page accessible novel offers readers an introduction to an urban Native American student who reluctantly returns to the rez to spend a summer with his uncle.
Molly's Promise by author Sylvia Olsen is part of the Orca Young Readers Series. Seventh-grade student Molly Jacobs attends school with both First Nation and non-First Nation students. Her best friends include Murphy, from Olsen's earlier title Murphy and Mousetrap, who lives on the nearby First Nation. Molly's father is First Nation and it has just been the two of them since she was an infant. Her mother is white but Molly has does not remember her and her father won't talk about the past. In addition to dealing with identity issues and fitting in at school, Molly has a secret.
Christmas on the Trapline is an adventure novel set in northern Manitoba in the 1950s. Cree author Brenda Fontaine writes about the adventures of Babs, a ten-year old Cree girl who lives in her family’s cabin near Norway House. This volume is the third adventure in the series. Babs and her brother live with their parents in the bush. Father hunts and traps with his dog team. One winter day just before Christmas he fails to return to the cabin after he finishes cutting wood for the stove.