Mary and the Trail of Tears: A Cherokee Removal Survival Story is written by Andrea L. Rogers, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and illustrated by Matt Forsyth. In Mary and the Trail of Tears, 12-year old Mary and her Cherokee family are forced out of their home in Georgia by U.S. soldiers in May 1838. From the beginning of the forced move, Mary and her family are separated from her father.
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.
On the Side of the Angels by Jose Amaujaq Kusugak and illustrated by Hwei Lim, is the memoir of Jose Amaujaq Kusugak's life. An excerpt is: "Then one day a ‘flyable’ took me away from our world through the sky to a dark and desolate place" and from his Arctic childhood, growing up playing games, enjoying food caught by hunters, and watching his mother preparing skins. He was one of the first generation of Inuit children who were taken from their homes and communities and sent to live in residential schools.
Reflections From Them Days: A Residential School Memoir From Nunatsiavut is written and illustrated by Nellie Winters and translated and edited by Erica Oberndorfer. When Nellie Winters was 11 years old, she was sent to attend the Nain Boarding School, a residential school 400 kilometres from her home. In this memoir, she recalls life before residential school, her experiences at the school, and what it was like to come home. Accompanied by the author’s original illustrations, this memoir sheds light on the experiences of Inuit residential school survivors in Labrador.
Northwest Resistance is the third graphic novel in the A Girl Called Echo series, by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson and Donovan Yaciuk. Katherena Vermette is a Métis writer of poetry, fiction, and children’s literature. Scott Henderson has worked as an illustrator for comics, portraiture, and advertising art and Donovan Yaciuk has done colouring work on books and comics. In this volume, Northwest Resistance, Echo Desjardins continues her travels through time.
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.
Found by Joseph Bruchac, Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected Elder among his people, is about Nick, a teenage survival expert who is being pursued by Dead Eyes who threw him off the train for witnessing something he should never have seen. Crossing rocky, mountainous, grass and forested land, Nick uses all his survival skills. He builds a fire, catches fish, finds himself with unexpected company in a cave yet always remembers his Grampa Elie’s stories and guidance.
Autumn’s Dawn by Kim Sigafus, Ojibwa, is the sequel to Nowhere to Hide also in the Pathfinders series. In Autumn’s Dawn, summer has arrived and Autumn visits her aunt Jessie in Minneapolis. She meets Jessie’s boyfriend and in reflecting on Jessie and Ryan’s relationship, she’s reminded of her parents’, Melissa and Tom’s, divorce and how she and her brother Sam want them to be a family again. Autumn has to spend two weeks at a summer school to pass into the next grade and she is paired with Sydney, who has bullied her previously.