Jim Thorpe's Bright Path is a recommended children's picture book about the life of an amazing athlete who was recognized Athlete of the Century by the American government in 1999. Jim Thorpe (1887-1953), Sac and Fox, was born in Oklahoma and excelled at sports. He attended Carlisle Indian School (residential/boarding school) where he played a variety of sports including football. Later in life he went to the 1912 Summer Olympic Games in Stockholm, Sweden where he won both the Pentathlon and the Decathlon.
Free Throw is the basketball themed novel from Metis author Jacqueline Guest. In this story a Blackfoot youth is on a winning basketball team at his on-reserve school. Next comes great changes for he and his mother following her marriage to a non-Aboriginal man. The blended families must learn to live together as stepbrother and sister. But the Blackfoot youth finds that made more challenging after his mother moves to the city to live with he new husband's family. The boy must move in mid-season and must find the courage to face adjusting to an urban school and a new basketball team.
Jordin Tootoo: the Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL is a young adult novel from the Record Books Series from James Lorimer Publishers. This high interest and low vocabulary title is aimed at reluctant teen readers whose reading is at a grades 3 and 4 level. Jordin Tootoo is the first Inuk to join a NHL hockey team. His brother's suicide is discussed as one of the challenges he has faced along with some of his successes as a young man and .a major hokey player.
Coach Tommy Thompson and the Boys of Sequoyah reads like a historical novel about the life and times of a Cherokee youth who went to a boarding school for Native Americans and became a leading sports coach for Native American students. Tommy Thompson (1903-1958) attended the Cherokee Orphan Training School (later known as Sequoyah Indian School) in Tahlequah, Oklahoma following the death of his mother. Here he began his educational experience at a government-run boarding school or residential school.
A Different Game is part of the Orca Young Readers Series and is the sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap by author Sylvia Olsen. The same characters are back at school and are entering grade seven. The sport of soccer is popular and the fabulous four, Murphy, Danny, Jeff and Albert have moved on from the reserve school to a community middle school. The group tries out for the soccer team and it is then that the friends wonder what is ailing Albert, the reserve school's soccer superstar. Murphy finds a new friendship with Molly and the group all try to determine what is the matter with Albert.
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.
Oil King Courage is part of the Orca Sport 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 mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters include Edmonton Oil Kings popular player Reuben Reuben and his friend Gear. Reuben is from Inuvik and when a wealthy entrepreneur sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic the boys sign up for the challenge. Reading Level: 4.1; ATOS Reading Level: 4.3; Guided Reading Level: Y.
Northern Star by Lorna Schultz Nicholson is a novel in the Lorimer series, Sports Stories. Inuk hockey player Peter Kuiksak has started to adjust to his new life in Edmonton, but all of the attention he is receiving from fans and agents begins to go to his head. Inspired by the career of NHL star Jordin Tootoo, Northern Star continues one exceptional player's journey, started in Roughing and Against the Boards, toward hockey greatness. ATOS Reading Level: 4.1; Reading Level: 4.1
Northern Star is available in hardcover (9781550289114) at the paper edition price.