I Want to be in the Show, written by two Métis/Algonquin women, is a story that celebrates the determination of a young Algonquin boy as he struggles to play his favourite winter sport despite his disability. Tristan is born with a birth defect but his parents love the boy and believe in their child's abilities. As he grows Tristan becomes a hockey fan and more importantly he dreams of being a hockey player with the NHL. The doctors told Tristan's parents that the boy's foot could be straightened but he required surgery at a Montreal hospital.
The Bear's Long Tail: A Tale Retold is another offering from Algonquin writer, Jane Chartrand. Setting a traditional legend about bear and fox into a contemporary tale effectively presents traditional teachings to students. The story begins with a Native boy presenting a thank you card and gift to his adopted Nokomis (grandmother). As she reads the card, Nokomis learns that her grandson retold one of her legends to his classmates. The story went over well and the teacher congratulated the boy. The remainder of the book is a reading of the boy's story that he rewrote for his Nokomis.