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.
Loon Rock, Pkwimu Wkuntem is a bilingual picture book written by children's author Maxine Trottier and translated into Mi'kmaq by Helen Sylliboy. The story explains the significance of a loon pictograph and the youth who fasted for his vision long ago. When children and adults pass this image on the flat rock, the parents explain the story of the loon image. English and Mi'kmaq appear on each page so readers can appreciate another language. This simple story fills a gap in the literature by providing a book about the Mi'kmaq of the east coast.
Money: Deal With It or Pay the Price 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 money and personal finances, how wealth or lack of it can lead to problems, and how to deal with conflicts over money. The topics covered include the definition of money as it relates to adolescents and their families, the myths about money, and issues surrounding entitlement, power and wealth.
Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Mohawk Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless is a biography published by James Lorimer and Company, written by Karen Lewis about the life and lacrosse career of well-known sports figure Gaylord Powless (1946-2001). Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Gaylord came from a family of lacrosse players and began playing the sport when he was young. The author provides basic details about the Six Nations Iroquois, the community, family, and education system that made up Gaylord's world.
Pitseolak Ashoona: Inuit Artist is one of the titles in the Reaching Readers, Canadian Biographies series published by Pearson Education. This biography is written for the Guided Reading Level O-P and the DRA Level 40. This brief biography of Inuk artist Pitseolak Ashoona (1904-1983) provides young readers with basic information about her family and way of life in the Arctic. Her life as an artist came later in life but this prolific artist documented the Inuit cultural lifestyle as well as legends in her works.
Beaver Steals Fire: A Salish Coyote Story is a traditional legend created by Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes as a way to create culturally appropriate fire prevention material. This traditional legend is retold by Johnny Arlee about fire as a gift of the Creator brought by the animals for human beings. Evocative illustrations by Sam Sandoval convey the message of the gift of fire. Culturally relevant information about the Salish language, traditional story protocol, and the role of fire in Salish cultural history are included.
The Way is Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young-adult novel featuring an Abenaki youth dealing with teasing and bullying. In this story Cody is just beginning his high school career and deals with bullies through his imagination and trying to remain invisible to those who target weak students. Cody has a tendency to stutter and this makes him more self-conscience. In his imagination Cody is a super ninja hero who saves the students around him and is praised at his funeral. But on the day-to-day school front, Cody and other students have to try not to be the victims.
Misconduct: Deal With It Without Bending the Rules 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 rules in their everyday lives whether they are the troublemaker, the follower, or the witness to misconduct. The various forms of misconduct are defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues.
Native Athletes in Action is one of the titles in Seventh Generation Book's Native Trailblazer Series. This title contains brief biographical sketches of 13 outstanding male and female athletes from Canada and the United States. Each athlete has achieved success in their chosen sport. The book, authored by long-distance runner Vincent Schilling, celebrates the lives of Jordin Tootoo, Cheri Becerra-Madsen, Alwyn Morris, Stephanie Murata, Cory Witherill, Ross Anderson, Richard Dionne, Mike Edwards, Shelly Hruska, Beau Kemp, Naomi Lang, Jim Thorpe, and Delby Powless.
Rudeness: Deal With It If You Please 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 modern etiquette for students and how students can demonstrate good manners. Rudeness and lack of common courtesy are defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues.