In Dog Tracks, Ruby Slipperjack, a member of Eabametoong First Nation, writes the story of those who return to the reserve and rediscover their culture. The book is both a celebration of Abby's youthful determination and a series of teachings about Anishinawbe traditions, history, and culture. Dog Tracks is a book that crosses genres: It is a tender story of an uprooted girl who finds home and self, and it is also a subtle text that gives readers a glimpse of traditional and non-traditional life on a northern Ontario reserve. Abby is having trouble fitting in at Bear Creek Reserve.
Les Mots Qu'il Me Reste Violette Pesheens, pensionnaire à l'école résidentielle, nord de l'ontario, 1966 is the French edition of Scholastic's Cher Journal (Dear Canada) series. This story is the work of Ojibwe scholar and author Ruby Slipperjack. This French edition is translated from English by Martine Faubert. This 178-page story diary presents the perspective of an Ojibwe girl who is forced to attend a residential school in 1966.
Dear Canada: These are My Words, The Residential School Diary of Violet Pasheens, Northern Ontario 1966, is the exciting addition to Scholastic Canada's Series, Dear Canada. Authored by Ojibwe scholar, professor, and writer Ruby Slipperjack, the 200-page fictional diary presents the perspective of an Ojibwe girl who is forced to attend a residential school in 1966. Violet has to leave her loving home living with her grandma and attend a foreign institution run by nuns who insist on only speaking English and attending chapel daily.
Dear Canada: A Time for Giving, Ten Tales of Christmas is a charming collection of first-person narrative stories about Canadian winter and Christmas celebrations from a variety of young women in a diary format. Outstanding Canadian fiction authors and one First Nation author present situations based on their most recent Dear Canada diarists.
Dog Tracks: A Novel is a recent work by Ojibwe writer and educator Ruby Slipperjack. In this young adult novel, a thirteen-year-old girl of mixed heritage is thrust into a new situation when she leaves her familiar home in a small town and returns to her mother's First Nation. Gone is the pink bedroom, left behind are her grandparents, friends and classmates as Abby struggles to make new friends and fit into the reserve community. It is a place she found to be boring on her previous brief visits.
Silent Words is a novel by Ojibwe author and scholar Ruby Slipperjack. This story explores the life experience of a pre-teen boy, Danny Lynx and his search for his mother. The time period is the 1960s and the protagonist leaves his abusive home and runs away with just the clothes on his back. He follows the CN railway line in northern Ontario and meets friendly and caring First Nations families and Elders who ease his quest. Danny is looking for the mother who left and his hope is to find the love and happiness he once enjoyed.
Little Voice by Ruby Slipperjack is a children's book, part of the In the Same Boat Series published by Coteau Books. This Series of novels celebrates the diverse cultures of Canada by publishing works for middle years readers written by authors who can tell a good stories from a perspective that is not English or French. In this book, Ruby Slipperjack, an Ojibwe educator and author, tells the story about an 11-year-old girl who finds her identity through the loving nature and traditional teaching of her Ojibwe grandmother.
Honour the Sun is Ruby Slipperjack's first novel first published in 1987. Set in a small northern Ontario Native community, the story reads as diary entries from the viewpoint of a ten-year-old girl growing up in an extended family during the 1960s. Through the eyes of Owl, the reader is introduced to family relationships, seasonal activities, and the joys and frustrations of any ten-year-old girl. The people and lifestyle are seen through Owl's filter and the reader is not told many background details. Rather the first part of the book is a celebration of childhood.
Weesquachak is a 2005 reprint of the 2000 publication, Weesquachak and the Lost Ones by Ruby Slipperjack. Set in northern Ontario, this contemporary story explores the conflict between traditional and contemporary Native life. Janine is a young Native woman who longs for independence and urban life. When she returns to her reserve community she becomes involved with a trapper, Fred who maintains a traditional lifestyle. The clash of cultures is evident.