Murphy and Mousetrap is an Orca Young Readers novel about nine-year-old Murphy Jones and his white cat Mousetrap who live predictable lives in their urban setting. Murphy's mother is Nuuchahnulth and Murphy's father no longer maintains contact with the family. As a latch-key kid, Murphy enjoys the quiet time after school with his pet cat and the computer. But the settled life will change when his mother announces she has a new job. The job will bring mother and son back home to her reserve. So mother, son and family cat begin the process of moving.
Death of the Iron Horse is a picture book by Englishman Paul Goble. Tells the true story of a group of Cheyenne men who on August 7, 1867, defied the white men encroaching on their territory by becoming the only Native Americans to successfully derail and raid a freight train also known as an iron horse. ATOS Reading Level: 4.5; Reading Level: 4.1; Lexile Measure: 550.
UNAVAILABLE This title is no longer available from the publisher Buffalo Woman is a traditional story about the importance of the buffalo to the Plains Nations retold by Paul Goble. The author has taken similar stories from various Plains Nations and adapted them for young students. Long ago, the buffalo were very important to the people of the Plains. There was a young hunter whose respect and skills for buffalo hunting were acknowledged by the people. One day while he was hunting he saw a cow taking a drink from a stream.
OUT OF PRINT Smiler's Bones is a historical fiction novel that draws on the explorations of Robert Peary in 1897 and his actions that brought six Greenland Eskimos (Inuit) to New York City and put them on display at the American Museum of Natural History. The book focuses on the Minik, the son of Smiler (Qisuk) and his life in New York after the death of four members of their party including his father. The book uses flashbacks to tell Minik's story of his life as a young child in his home community and then his travels with Peary to New York City.
Historical fiction novel set in the Quebec and Detroit regions in the early 1700s. A young Pawnee slave is purchased by French-Canadian girl and given his freedom. Their lives are intertwined during this period of the fur trade and political intrigue among the French and First Nations. Themes of racism, class structure, family, and first love are well portrayed in this adventure narrative that draws on historical events and features a strong and well-drawn female heroine.
Growing Up Native American: An Anthology, edited by Patricia Riley is a collection of book excerpts, essays, and short stories by twenty-two Native American and First Nations authors who write about their experiences growing up in North America. From fifteen nations these writers talk about learning English, attending residential school or boarding school, identity, cultural traditions, family, community, oppression, racism, and stereotypes.
The Great Ball Game of the Birds and Animals is a Cherokee legend about lacrosse game between the animals and birds retold. Also explains the origin of flying squirrel and bat. When the Animals of the southeastern woodlands challenge the Birds to a game of stickball, two of the smallest Animals are not allowed to play. The Bear, the Deer, and the other big animals think they are too small to compete. In this Cherokee story the little animals find a way to play in the Great Ball Game.
Rabbit Goes Duck Hunting: A Traditional Cherokee Legend is the fifth picture book of Deborah L. Duvall's collaborations with Murv Jacob on the Cherokee Grandmother Stories. Ji-Stu, the Cherokee trickster rabbit, wakes early one morning and decides to visit his old friend Otter, who lives up the river. Along the way, he sees a huge wood duck sitting on the water and instantly recognizes the Chief of All the Wood Ducks, who is surrounded by hundreds of smaller ducks. Ji-Stu hurries to tell Otter, but when they return the great Chief is gone.