I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day (Upper Skagit) is the journaling story of Edie who wonders where her name actually comes from. After finding photos and letters in her attic with her friends, twelve-year old Edie is on a quest to find out why she is named after glamourous Edith Graham. The mystery begins to unravel amidst challenging and new friendships. A keen artist, Edie paints to find the beauty others have missed in her landscapes when she begins to include her people who lived in the area previously.
Nowhere to Hide is a young adult book by Ojibwa writer, Kim Sigafus. In this book, Autumn Dawn enjoys the outdoor life of lakes and woods of White Earth Reservation in Minnesota but at school she is bullied. With the school play only months away, homework tensions and Aunt Jessie Little Wolf coming to stay and share her room, things are becoming complicated for Autumn. Dealing with dyslexia, speech issues which she shares with her father, Autumn learns that she is not alone and can share her feelings about why she has lower grades and speech issues especially with 's'.
Just Lucky by Cree/Scottish author Melanie Florence is the story of Lucky, a teen who tries to find home again with the help of her friend, Ryan and her Grandma. A number of events leaves Lucky in the hands of Children’s Aid. She is moved between foster homes and school districts, all the while trying to fit in under difficult circumstances. Her foster home experiences are a mix of bad and better ones. Just Lucky weaves friendship, bullying, family and loss with love, patience and responsibility.
Taaqtumi: An Anthology of Arctic Horror Stories, compiled by Neil Christopher, is about the dark. This book contains nine short chilling stories: Iqsinaqtutalik Piqtuq: The Haunted Blizzard - Aviaq Johnston, The Door - Ann R. Loverock, Wheetago War II Summoners - Richard Van Camp, Revenge - Thomas Anguti Johnston, Lounge - Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley and Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Utiqtuq - Gayle Kabloona, Sila by K.C. Carthew; The Wildest Game - Jay Bulckaert and Strays - Repo Kempt. There is a glossary of Inuktitut words and their pronunciation.
Elapultiek / We Are Looking Towards by Shalan Joudry, from the traditional district of Kespukwitk and of both Mi’kmaw and European ancestry, is a play first produced by Two Planks and a Passion Theatre and opened at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts in Canning, Nova Scotia, Mi’kma’ki. The two main characters are Natawintoq (Nat) an early twenties Mi’kmaw drum singer and Bill, a mid fifties, Euro-Nova Scotian biologist.
Standing Strong by Gary Robinson of Choctaw and Cherokee Indian descent, is the story of Rhonda Runningcrane. Rhonda's best friend has just committed suicide and this is on her mind as she copes with her own home issues. Going through her friend's facebook account though she stumbles upon something that will change her life. Driving north she joins a group protesting the planned building of a pipeline through sacred Native land in North Dakota.
The Song Within My Heart is now available in paperback and is centred on Cree artist Allen Sapp's evocative paintings of his boyhood in Saskatchewan together with David Bouchard's lyrical text. In combination the text and images reinforce the love between a grandmother and her grandson as they prepare to attend a powwow. Based on the recollections of Allen Sapp's childhood with his Nokum (grandmother), the paintings capture the everyday preparations of this Plains Cree family. The boy recalls his first powwow and asks his Nokum what the singers are saying.
The Case of Windy Lake is a chapter book for young readers who enjoy mysteries and problem-solving along with traditions and culture. The author of ‘A Mighty Muskrats Mystery’ series, Michael Hutchinson is a citizen of Misipawistik Cree Nation in the Treaty 5 territory, and his familiarity with the land and life experiences are reflected in these mystery adventures. Cousins Samuel, Chickadee, Atim and Otter – the Mighty Muskrats - visit and live on the First Nation rez at Windy Lake. This mystery begins when an archaeologist goes missing from a mining company.
Little Butterfly Girl: An Indian Residential School Story is the French version of this picture book produced by the Union of Ontario Indians based on an original account by Jenny Restoule-Mallozzi. With original colour illustrations by Donald Chretien, this story recounts the experiences of an Ojibwe child forced to attend residential school. The tragic account is brought full-circle when Mary begins her healing journey with encouragement from her family.