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.
The Shadows that Rush Past: A Collection of Frightening Inuit Folktales is an amazing collection of four scary traditional stories from the Inuit retold with precision and vibrancy by Rachel Qitsualik, Inuk educator and storyteller. Each story engages readers with a frightening account of a monster or creature from the Arctic. The read aloud stories capture the imagination of the listener in the conversational tone of each account. Using suspense and irony the author takes us back to a time when monsters and larger than life polar bears roamed the region.
Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids is the 2018 paper edition release from award-winning author Deborah Ellis. Much more than interviews with 45 First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American youth between the ages of 9 to 18, Looks Like Daylight offers readers a first-hand account of their cultural beliefs, values, and aspirations for the future. Despite issues of poverty, the legacy of residential and boarding school, and drug and alcohol abuse, these voices combine to create a compelling collection of Indigenous youth voices.
The Drum Story and accompanying DVD is produced by Reality Media. The Drum Story book and 20-minute DVD features the traditional knowledge and storytelling of Falcon Migwans from Manitoulin Island. The origin of the drum is told in English and Ojibwe with translation by Albert Owl and Vivian Roy. The book includes a brief introduction of Falcon Migwans and explains how he was gifted this account.
Sans Nimâmâ is the French language edition of Melanie Florence's award-winning book (2016 won the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award), Missing Nimama. Translated from the English by Diane Lavoie this moving picture book from publisher Clockwise Press, offers junior and intermediate level readers an introduction to understanding the loss and grief of a child's mother. Kateri is a young girl who lives with her grandmother because her mother is lost as Nohkum (grandmother in Cree) explains.
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.
The Eagle's Path is an illustrated children's fiction book by Michelle Corneau for Strong Nations Publishing. Colour pencil sketches by Audrey Keating illustrate the story of 10-year old Anna whose school friend Jill announces she prefers girls when the two talk about boys at their school. Anna is troubled and her parents notice Anna is unusually quiet at home. Her mother gently asks what is troubling Anna.
Sioux Code Talkers of World War II researched and written by Andrea M Page the grand niece of John Bear King, one of seven Lakota speakers who served as the Lakota Code Talkers under General MacArthur following the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. Much is known about men from the Navajo Nation who served the American war effort as Navajo Code Talkers but little is known about these Lakota warriors. Following over twenty years of interest and research the author has created a fascinating account of these remarkable soldiers and their accomplishments.
Ojibwe Teachings: Words, Phrases and Puzzles is a 29-page dictionary and puzzle book from Manitoba First Nations Education Resource Centre compiled by Mary Anne Maytwayashing. The book contains word lists such as numbers, seasons, time, weather terms, birds, fish, four directions, clothing, schools, feelings, food, household items, family, medicine, verbs and actions, conversation and more. Puzzles include word searches and answers based on words appearing in the word list section.