Powwow Summer by Nahanni Shingoose, Saulteaux, is a coming-of-age story about a teen girl who experiences her Indigenous heritage in a meaningful way. Part Ojibwe and part white, River lives with her white mother and stepfather on a farm in Ontario. Teased about her Indigenous heritage as a young girl, she feels like she doesn't belong and struggles with her identity.
Apple in the Middle by Dawn Quigley, enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Chippewa, is published by North Dakota State University Press. This story is set in Minnesota and the Turtle Mountain Chippewa reservation in North Dakota. Apple Starkington’s mother, a member of Turtle Mountain Chippewa, died after giving birth to her. Growing up with her father and stepmother, and living in upper middle-class suburbia, Apple feels like she doesn’t fit in. She has experienced racism at school when she was called a racial slur for someone of white and Native American descent.
I Will See You Again is by Lisa Boivin, a member of the Deninu Kue First Nation. When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength. The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.
Take the Mic is edited by Bethany Morrow and is an anthology of fictional short stories, poems, prose and art that reflect a slice of the varied and limitless ways that readers like you resist every day. Take the Mic's powerful collection of stories features work by literary luminaries and emerging talent alike, including Newbery-winner Jason Reynolds, New York Times bestseller Samira Ahmed, anthologist and contributor Bethany C. Morrow, Darcie Little Badger (Lipan Apache), Keah Brown, Laura Silverman, L.D.
Hearts Unbroken, by New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Leitich Smith (enrolled citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Indian Nation in Oklahoma, is a young adult novel about a school musical, friendship, romance and heartache. After breaking up with her boyfriend, Louise joins the school’s Journalism class working on the school newspaper writing stories and meets Joey. The local school musical, The Wizard of Oz, has new guidelines – to be colour-conscious – which sets in motion objections, acceptance, bullying, sexism and racism.
Trust Your Name by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a book by award-winning author of an American Indian Youth Literature Awards Honor Book for Danny Blackgoat: Navajo Prisoner. In 2018 Tim Tingle received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Trust Your Name is part of the 7th Generation Pathfinders series. In Trust Your Name, Bobby and Cherokee Johnny are Cherokee Panthers and friends with Lloyd, also a Panthers basketball player.
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 prequel to this book is, ‘Those Who Run in the Sky’, the young adult, coming-of-age novel, written by Iqaluit-based Inuk author Aviaq Johnston. This is a continuation of the story of the young shaman named Piturniq or Pitu and in ‘Those Who Dwell Below’, Piturniq has returned to face the great forces within the world, listen, hear their messages and possibly survive.
'Ghosts' is the final novel in David Alexander Robertson's The Reckoner trilogy. It is a supernatural murder mystery for young adult readers. The trilogy will resonate with readers, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous through its relatable characters struggling with common teen problems - mental-health, family relationships, and belonging. Robertson is Norway House Cree and well known for his graphic novels and children's books. In 'Ghosts' mysterious murders, shadowy figures, and high school life is hard but death can be harder. Cole Harper is dead. Reynold McCabe is alive and free.
‘Monsters’ is the second young adult novel in David Robertson’s The Reckoner Trilogy. Norway House Cree author, Robertson is well known for his graphic novels and children’s stories and now this trilogy. In this novel, the story continues and Cole Harper is struggling to settle into life in Wounded Sky First Nation. He may have stopped a serial killer, but the trouble is far from over. A creature lurks in the shadows of Blackwood Forest, the health clinic is on lockdown by a mysterious organization, and long-held secrets threaten to bubble to the surface.