I Want to be in the Show, written by two Métis/Algonquin women, is a story that celebrates the determination of a young Algonquin boy as he struggles to play his favourite winter sport despite his disability. Tristan is born with a birth defect but his parents love the boy and believe in their child's abilities. As he grows Tristan becomes a hockey fan and more importantly he dreams of being a hockey player with the NHL. The doctors told Tristan's parents that the boy's foot could be straightened but he required surgery at a Montreal hospital.
Prolific Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac has written a new first-person narrative biography of famed athlete Jim Thorpe (1887-1953). Thorpe is known as the greatest athlete who ever lived and his career in professional football and Major League Baseball stand as lasting testaments to this remarkable person. He was winner of Olympic gold medals in track and field during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The accounts of his early years and difficult times at Carlisle Indian School (residential school) are told with candor and modesty.
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.
Horse Song: The Naadam of Mongolia is co-written and illustrated by Ted and Betsy Lewin and published by Lee and Low Books. The couple writes about their travels to Mongolia to visit the Indigenous people who continue to live with their beloved horses. The story begins with the description of the long ride from Ulaanbaatar airport with an interpreter and driver to the camp of the respected horse trainers. The couple arrives to observe the important celebration of Naadam with a family of Mongolian people.
Our Original Games: A Look at Aboriginal Sport in Canada is a brief overview about the history of Aboriginal Peoples and sports written by Bruce Miller for Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 68-page book provides senior elementary, high school students, and adult literacy learners with an inviting account of the types of games and sports First Nations and Inuit peoples developed in the past and continue to play today.
Tom Longboat: Born to Run 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 T-U and the DRA Level 50. This brief biography tells the story of the Onondaga marathon runner who won the Boston Marathon in 1907. His early years spent growing up on the Six Nations reserve family farm is changed when his father died and young Tom is sent to the Mohawk Institute Residential School.
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.
Coaching Lacrosse for Dummies is from the publisher of the popular For Dummies Series and offers step-by-step tips and techniques for first-time coaches. The guide offers ideas for teaching essential skills to different age groups, determining positions for each player, promoting teamwork, keeping kids healthy and injury-free, helping struggling players, and leading your team effectively during a game. The user-friendly layout and design of the book provides an accessible index and side-bars as well as diagrams throughout.
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.