Kamik Takes the Lead is the final installment in the Kamik series by Darryl Baker, dog musher. In Kamik Takes the Lead the colourful illustrations are by Ali Hinch. The other books in this series are: Kamik: An Inuit Puppy Story, Kamik's First Sled, and Kamik Joins the Pack. The series shares the history of Nunavut working dogs through traditional dog-rearing practices and dog-training techniques from Arviat community members. In Kamik Takes the Lead, Jake sits on his qamutiik at the starting line of the race that will take them around town with other mushers.
The Case of the Missing Auntie is the second book in A Mighty Muskrat Mystery series by Michael Hutchinson (Misipawistik Cree Nation). In The Case of the Missing Auntie, Sam, Otter, Atim, and Chickadee, four inseparable cousins from Windy Lake First Nation – and nicknamed the Mighty Muskrats – go to Toronto. Grandpa's missing little sister was part of the 60s Scoop and residential school and like many Indigenous children the government had arranged for her adoption by strangers.
Just Lucky by Cree/Scottish author Melanie Florence is the story of Lucky, a teen who tries to find home again with the help of her friend, Ryan and her Grandma. A number of events leaves Lucky in the hands of Children’s Aid. She is moved between foster homes and school districts, all the while trying to fit in under difficult circumstances. Her foster home experiences are a mix of bad and better ones. Just Lucky weaves friendship, bullying, family and loss with love, patience and responsibility.
The Case of Windy Lake is a chapter book for young readers who enjoy mysteries and problem-solving along with traditions and culture. The author of ‘A Mighty Muskrats Mystery’ series, Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory, and his familiarity with the land and life experiences are reflected in these mystery adventures. Cousins Samuel, Chickadee, Atim and Otter – the Mighty Muskrats - visit and live on the First Nation rez at Windy Lake. This mystery begins when an archaeologist goes missing from a mining company.
'My Heart Fills with Happiness' is written by award-winning author Monique Gray Smith and translated into Plains Cree by Mary Cardinal Collins is an early childhood title that brings joy and happiness to all families who read and celebrate this beautifully illustrated book by Julie Flett. Highly recommended and on the First Nation Communities READ 2019 list.
'A Matter of Conscience' follows the lives of Brenda and Greg, born at similar times. Brenda was taken in the Sixties Scoop from northwest Ontario and given to a White family; Greg is the only child of a small town Ontario couple. Their lives intersect in unexpected ways and their story weaves politics, injustices, and atrocities into a story of love, despair, redemption, and reflection.
Two Roads is a historical fiction novel set in America in 1932 and narrated by 12-year old youth Cal Blackbird who is travelling across the countryside with his father. The pair calls themselves knights of the road, hobos following an ethical code, who ride the rails searching for their next meal, odd jobs, and a safe place to sleep. Renowned Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac has crafted a remarkable tale about a father and son who are searching for a new home after the loss of Cal’s mother and their beloved family farm.
This is the fourth in a Dreadful Water Mystery series by award-winning novelist, short story writer, scriptwriter, and photographer. This novel about Thumps, Claire and the cat and local characters from Chinook is centred around a true crime reality TV show. Written in an engaging way this novel draws the reader into the lives of the TV crew and locals while also weaving a murder mystery casually through the story. This is a clever, amusing book that will make you want to read the whole series again.
A Name Earned 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 ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The main characters in all the titles are Indigenous teens and the stories all include references to traditional ways. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read.