Bullying: Deal With It Before Push Comes to Shove is one of the titles in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines how students can effectively deal with bullying. The book covers how to take action against bullying behaviours whether the student is the bully, the target, or the witness.
Racin' Jason is a picture book written by Ojibwe writer Elaine J. Wagner about an orphaned boy who raises an orphaned colt. Living with his Mishoomis and Nookom on the family ranch Jason begins to care for the funny-looking colt rescued from a bog. Mishoomis explains that this funny-looking colt is really an Appaloosa, a very special kind of horse. Jason names the colt, Binesi, meaning thunderbird. When fellow classmates laugh at the name of this strange-looking colt, Jason is discouraged but is determined to enter the colt in the annual horse race.
The Middle of Everywhere is a powerful novel told in first-person narrative about a reluctant 15-year-old youth visiting his estranged father who is a respected teacher in Kangiqsualujjuaq, Quebec. Noah is nervous to visit his father in the far and desolate north because he really does not know his father and Noah really wants to remain living in Montreal with his mom and be close to all his school friends. But Noah's eyes are opened when he arrives in the small Inuit community. The first day he goes for a jog but his new-found pet dog is hit by a truck.
Leigh Aberdeen, excited by the prospect of winning the hockey championship with a new all-girls team, is furious when the coach adds a know-it-all boy to the line-up, and things get worse when her best friend, the team goalie, starts skipping practice. Reading Level: 5.2; ATOS Reading Level: 5.2
Whisper in the Dark is Joseph Bruchac's recent children's novel that combines traditional Native American stories into a contemporary situation to achieve a scary, fast-paced thriller. The story is set in Providence, Rhode Island and the heroine is thirteen-year-old Maddy. She lives with her Aunt Lyssa because her parents were killed in a tragic automobile accident that resulted in paralysis of her arm. Maddie's father had Narragansett ancestry and his mother had told Maddy many legends and some of them were scary monster tales that Maddie loved.
Deal With It Series Teacher Resource provides teachers with lesson plans for 19 of the Deal With It student books including Arguing, Bullying, Cyberbullying, Cliques, Competition, Girlness, Guyness, Gangs, Fighting, Gossip, Image, Lying, Misconduct, Money, Peer Pressure, Racism, Rudeness, Privacy, and Teasing. Each book in the series is covered by a 9-page spread that provides information about how to effectively use each student resource.
Runner in the Sun: A Story of Indian Maize by noted author D'Arcy McNickle (1904-1977) is a reprint of the long out of print young adult novel set in times long before Columbus in the Southwest among the ancestors of the Pueblo people. McNickle effectively employs oral tradition techniques in the telling of the story about a young man who finds a gift to bring to his people undergoing serious challenges both within and from outside their village.
Alice Yazzie's Year, written by Ramona Maher and illustrated by Navajo artist Shonto Begay, is a children's picture book that tells the story of a Navajo girl as she experiences her eleventh year. The book allows readers to view aspects of a Navajo girl's year as she recounts important events of each month. Beginning in January, Alice rescues of lamb from the cold, she moves on to enjoy a trip to Disneyland, attend a Halloween party, and gets sent to the school's principal after she sings a song about Columbus to her teacher.
Dog Tracks: A Novel is a recent work by Ojibwe writer and educator Ruby Slipperjack. In this young adult novel, a thirteen-year-old girl of mixed heritage is thrust into a new situation when she leaves her familiar home in a small town and returns to her mother's First Nation. Gone is the pink bedroom, left behind are her grandparents, friends and classmates as Abby struggles to make new friends and fit into the reserve community. It is a place she found to be boring on her previous brief visits.
The Porcupine Year is the third children's novel in Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich's series about the life of a 19th-century Ojibwe family set on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. This story is set in 1852 and the lead character, Omakayas, is twelve-years-old as her family is forced to move from their beloved land because of the demands by the chimookomanag, the white people, who are moving closer to the people every year. The family decides to travel north to meet up with a sister's family.