Great Athletes from our First Nations, second printing, is one of the titles in The First Nations Series for Young Readers. This 2017 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.
Native Men of Courage, revised edition is the 2016 title in Native Trailblazer Series. This volume offers elementary readers 10 biographical sketches about Indigenous men who have contributed significantly to the betterment of First Nations, Native American, Inuit, and Metis communities. Each person selected by Mohawk author Vincent Schilling offers readers an insight to men of distinction living and working in Canada and the United States.
Native Athletes in Action, revised edition, is one of the titles in Seventh Generation Book's Native Trailblazer Series. This 2016 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.
Fire Fight is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The main characters in all the titles are Indigenous teens and the stories all include references to traditional ways.
Sky Dancers by Connie Kirk is a picture book from children's multicultural publisher Lee and Low. This title is set in the 1930s about a young Mohawk boy's relationship with his steelworker father who is helping to build the Empire State Building in New York. At home on the reserve, the boy challenges himself with tree climbing when he is not helping his grandfather. But he misses his father who lives in a New York apartment and only comes back home on weekends. It is the Depression and ironworkers were lucky to have employment.
The Next Sure Thing is part of the Rapid Reads Series. Rapid Reads are short novels and non-fiction books designed for reluctant or low-literacy teen and adult readers. This 144-page novel is ideal for the male high school student or adult literacy learner who has limited interest in reading. Richard Wagamese's fast-paced plot line and character development keeps the reader wanting to find out what happens next. Cree Thunderboy has talent both as a blues singer/songwriter and as a bettor at the horse races.
Wolf Mark: A Novel is the 2011 novel by prolific Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac. In Wolf Mark, Bruchac combines the current thirsts of teen readers for vampires, werewolves, espionage, military black ops, DNA manipulation, and multiethnic love interest. The novel begins with Luke King, a teen attending high school who finds it difficult to make friends and keep them. His a Native American father who at one time was a black ops agent for the military has taken to drinking and staying home in their small trailer on the outskirts of town.
Bearwalker is one of Joseph Bruchac's 2007 young adult novels. This horror and mystery story revolves on the life of twelve-year-old Baron Braun, a grade eight Mohawk, Bear Clan student who is reluctant to go on a camping trip to the Adirondack Mountains. Baron has lots to deal with, not only does he deal daily with school bullies; he also must cope with his parents' absence as they serve their country in Iraq. Living with his grandmother, Baron receives love and support from her and an uncle as well as a teacher and the librarian.
Native Musicians in the Groove is the 2009 title in the Native Trailblazer Series. This volume offers elementary readers 10 biographical sketches about contemporary First Nations and Native American singers and musicians. Author Vincent Schilling interviewed each participant and supplies fascinating details about each artist. Many artists discuss their early musical influences, education, and ways they overcame racism.
IN REPRINT Dream Catcher is a 92-page chapter book about a young Cree girl overcoming her fearful dreams with the guidance and knowledge of her Kohkom and an Elder. Marin frequently wakes up screaming during the night and her mother is concerned. Marin recounts a frightening dream that involves a spider and First Nation people from the distant past. Her mother consults Kohkom and the two help Marin prepare for a visit with Elder Muskwa. Marin is fearful of recounting her dream to a stranger but with her grandmother's gentle guidance Marin prepares a gift for the visit with the Elder.