Chief Lightning Bolt is a fascinating historical fiction novel of the Mi'kmaq written by renowned Mikmaw historian and activist Daniel N. Paul. Best known for his account of the Mi'kmaq, We Were Not the Savages, this novel gives readers an account of the people and their worldview during the fifteenth century just prior to the onslaught of European military and settlers to their homeland.
Rez Rebel is the 2017 young adult novel by author Melanie Florence. In this book she writes with clarity and honesty about teen suicides in First Nations communities. Set in a fictionalized Cree reserve, main character Floyd Twofeathers, finds that his home community is undergoing devastating change and loss as young adults have attempted and succeeded suicide. His parents have their own approach that threatens to send his father into a depression.
Pride & Rezjudice: An Adaptation is a lighthearted retelling of a classic love story from an Indigenous perspective. Elizabeth Benedict lives with her parents and sisters on Smoke River First Nation. Intelligent, creative and passionate about language learning, Elizabeth dreams of leaving her community to pursue a career in the arts. When she’s accepted into the fine arts program of a renowned university, the pieces of her future appear to fall neatly into place. But Elizabeth’s plans are thrown up in the air when Charles Bingley and the handsome and infuriating Mr.
The Journey Forward: Novellas on Reconciliation, Lucy & Lola and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing! is a unique flip book published by McKellar and Martin publishers. Printed as one book the two novellas address the issues surrounding residential schools, foster care (60s scoop), Truth, Reconciliation and what this means for students from grades five to eight.
Strangers is the young adult novel by David A. Robertson and is the first volume in the author's planned series, The Reckoner. Best known for his graphic novels and children's book, this Norway House Cree author creates a contemporary novel with mystery elements as we as themes of belonging, identity, loss and a trickster Coyote.
A Spectacle of Stones, Vampire Skeleton Series Book Three is the third title in this series published in 2017. Weighed down by grief and her ever-growing responsibilities as the healer of Harrowstone, Rowen has never felt more alone in her life. And though her feelings for the vampire Cruz have become clearer, it suddenly seems as though he’s pulling away from her—right when she needs him most.
The Vampire Skeleton is Mohawk author Sara General's third title from her publishing company, Spirit & Intent. It is a novel loosely-based on old Haudenosaunee stories and explores what vampires might be like in a First Nations context.
“It’s a fast moving Young Adult story with hints of romance and a lot of magic. Most of my stories have magic in them. I like a lot of different kinds of books, but the ones with magic have always been my favourite."
The Fortune Teller's Daughter: Fortune & Fall Book One tells the story of Cora who returns home to find her mother missing and a large pool of blood covering the floor. Desperate for answers Cora must now leave her home and stay at a teen shelter in her community. Cora is soon to turn sixteen and plays for her local high school lacrosse tea. After just learning the scout for the Iroquois Nationals team is impressed with Cora's lacrosse skills, Cora is sent reeling and confused. Cora's mom is the community's fortune teller despite Cora's objections.
In the young adult novel, The Skeleton Key by Sara General, Cruz has made no secret of his desire to sever ties with his vampire sire. But when he brings old Haudenosaunee manuscripts to Brantwood University, intent on exploring their secrets, Rowen can't help but feel betrayed. Determined never to speak to him again, Rowen vows to concentrate on her healer training. But when Cruz's friend and fellow researcher is found brutally murdered, Rowen is drawn back to his side.