SKU: 1550542230

Mary-Ellen Lang Collura
Grade Levels:
Seven, Eight, Nine
Blackfoot, Plains, Siksika
Book Type:
Douglas & McIntyre
Copyright Date:

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Winners is the award-winning young adult novel by children's writer Mary-Ellen Lang Collura about a Blackfoot youth who finds a community through the love of a horse. The main character, Jordy Threebears, has spent half of his fifteen years in foster homes. The death of his parents has left Jordy alone in the world except for a gruff grandfather just released from prison. An enlightened government official arranges for Jordy's return to his home reserve near Calgary. Life on the reserve in a remote cabin with his distant grandfather offers little in material possessions but the community comes around to offer support. Jordy is given a wild horse as a present from his grandfather and the story revolves around the training of the horse. Both animal and youth find companionship and a bond that develops over time. The neighbouring ranch foreman has a grudge against Jordy and this results in the disappearance of the beloved horse. Jordy must find his horse and with the community's help he becomes a winner in more than one sense. The novel reaches the expected conclusion but throughout the story Jordy develops as a young man who belongs to the Siksika reserve. He finds his identity, along with the love and respect of his grandfather. A love interest is also part of the story about this contemporary Native youth coping with social issues. Recommended for grades seven to nine. Winner of the Canadian Library Association Young Adult Book Award.

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