Of Trees and Their Wisdom: Poetry and Short Stories is a collection of short stories, and poems by Kitigan Zibi Algonquin writer Albert Dumont. The book is organized into themes that focus on trees such as The Maple, The Birch, The Pine, and The Forest. Each is intended to provide encouragement to anyone on their healing journey and to introduce the power of the land especially the forests. Topics include maple sugar, the birchbark house, the wigwam, the cedars and the woodpecker, the bush road, the midwife, the weeping willow, and the trees of autumn.
Hook Up by author Kim Firmston is an edgy teen novel for reluctant readers in the SideStreets Series from James Lorimer and Company Publishers. Cody Manywounds is a Tsuu T'ina teen who believes his life and schooling are all on track. His gets good grades and his plans include university. Some minor issues in the past involving some friends is now resolved and Cody knows he has a hot girlfriend and life is good. But when Cody receives the text message that announces his girlfriend's pregnancy his whole world is now upside down.
The Next Sure Thing is part of the Rapid Reads Series. Rapid Reads are short novels and non-fiction books designed for reluctant or low-literacy teen and adult readers. This 144-page novel is ideal for the male high school student or adult literacy learner who has limited interest in reading. Richard Wagamese's fast-paced plot line and character development keeps the reader wanting to find out what happens next. Cree Thunderboy has talent both as a blues singer/songwriter and as a bettor at the horse races.
Jordin Tootoo: the Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL is a young adult novel from the Record Books Series from James Lorimer Publishers. This high interest and low vocabulary title is aimed at reluctant teen readers whose reading is at a grades 3 and 4 level. Jordin Tootoo is the first Inuk to join a NHL hockey team. His brother's suicide is discussed as one of the challenges he has faced along with some of his successes as a young man and .a major hokey player.
Oil King Courage is part of the Orca Sport Series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters include Edmonton Oil Kings popular player Reuben Reuben and his friend Gear. Reuben is from Inuvik and when a wealthy entrepreneur sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic the boys sign up for the challenge. Reading Level: 4.1; ATOS Reading Level: 4.3; Guided Reading Level: Y.
Sinew and Sage 3: Aboriginal Literacy Workbook 3 is an adult literacy workbook developed by Ningwakwe Learning Press for learners at LBS Level 3 (grade 5 and 6) in their reading, writing and understanding skills. From the title, the publishers view sinew as a metaphor for reading and writing skills because the sinew from a deer is considered a strong material in the creation of leather products. Likewise sage is an important medicine plant that represents the spirit used to create positive experiences.
Thunderbird Spirit is part of the Orca Sports series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as racism, mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters are teen boys who play hockey for a Seattle team. The one character named Mike is a reckless and often quick to anger youth who has just been traded to this Seattle team and is starting to wear out his welcome.
Middle Row is part of the Orca Soundings series published by Orca Publishing. This series is designed as short, large-print paperback novels with high interest and low vocabulary. Targeted at the reluctant reader, the stories use compelling themes combined with authentic teenage dialogue. The book does not draw the reader's attention that is designed for teens reading below grade level. This novel is levelled at 2.4. Middle Row's storyline does not disappoint.
Broad Winged Hawk: A Book of Poetry and Short Stories is a collection of short stories, editorials, and poems by Kitigan Zibi Algonquin writer Albert Dumont. The book is organized into themes that focus on personal healing issues as well as the seasons, residential schools, honouring veterans, challenging racism, respect, women, and love. Of particular note is a short drama called The Canoe where a mean-spirited teacher challenges the First Nation boy's identity and attempts to humiliate him in a classroom of non-Native students.
Ten Legends Workbook: Ojibwa and Iroquois Legends, An Intermediate Workbook is the reprint edition published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. Originally developed by Hamilton Regional Indian Centre in 1998, this literacy workbook is appropriate for the Level Two learner. It is also a valuable resource for older elementary students who require high interest and low vocabulary materials from an Iroquois or Ojibwe perspective. The workbook contains 10 basic traditional stories or legends retold in English.