Big Air by author Lorna Schultz Nicholson is one of her titles in James Lorimer's Podium Sports Series. In this 142-page novel, teenage snowboarder Jax has a Cree father and an alcoholic non-Aboriginal mother. The story revolves around the students as they train for a future in pro sports at an elite high school. Jax is a snowboarder but his new world in elite sports is threatened by the return of his elder brother. Jax must find the strength of character to find a way to be true to his family and be honest to his personal sport's career opportunity. Highly recommended.
Real Justice: Convicted for Being Mi'kmaq, The Story of Donald Marshall, Jr. is one of the titles in the Real Justice Series from James Lorimer and Company. The book covers the wrongful conviction of Mi'kmaw youth Donald Marshall, Jr. for the murder of Sandy Seale in Sydney, Nova Scotia in 1971. Author Bill Swan takes a journalistic approach to telling this story of a First Nation youth facing intolerable racism and the Canadian criminal justice system. Donald Marshall (1953-2009) was Mi'kmaw from Membertou First Nation. His father, Donald Marshall, Sr.
Homophobia: Deal With It and Turn Prejudice into Pride is one of the titles in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines how students can effectively deal with homophobia. The book covers how to take action against homophobic behaviours whether the student is the homophobe, the target, or the witness.
Gangs: Deal With It Before Wrong Seems Right is the 2012 title in the Deal With It Series created to assist adolescents with everyday conflicts in their lives and promotes peaceful resolution. This title examines how students can deal with the negative influences of gangs and understand the difference between groups and gangs. Quizzes, comics, and graphic novel-style illustration help make this an engaging and accessible way to approach a difficult-to-address problem.
Hook Up by author Kim Firmston is an edgy teen novel for reluctant readers in the SideStreets Series from James Lorimer and Company Publishers. Cody Manywounds is a Tsuu T'ina teen who believes his life and schooling are all on track. His gets good grades and his plans include university. Some minor issues in the past involving some friends is now resolved and Cody knows he has a hot girlfriend and life is good. But when Cody receives the text message that announces his girlfriend's pregnancy his whole world is now upside down.
Lacrosse Warrior: The Life of Lacrosse Champion Gaylord Powless is a biography published by James Lorimer and Company, written by Karen Lewis about the life and lacrosse career of well-known sports figure Gaylord Powless (1946-2001). Born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, Gaylord came from a family of lacrosse players and began playing the sport when he was young. The author provides basic details about the Six Nations Iroquois, the community, family, and education system that made up Gaylord's world.
The Invasion of Canada: Battles of the War of 1812 by Ronald Dale, historian and the Superintendent of Niagara National Historic Sites, including Fort George and Brock's Monument, provides an accessible account about the battles that occurred in Ontario during the War of 1812. He provides overviews of battles such as Queenston Heights, Beaver Dams, Moraviantown and others. Persons of interest include General Brock, Tecumseh, John Norton, and Laura Secord. The role of First Nations on the side of the British is acknowledged.
A Goal in Sight is one of Métis author Jacqueline Guest's chapter books in the Sports Stories series from James Lorimer Publishing. In this title the theme of bullying is brought to the forefront as 13-year old Aiden's task on his hockey club is the enforcer. Both his coach and his father bully the young teen. In turn Aiden does his job well in fact he starts a fight in the parking lot after a game and injures another player. As a result Aiden is sentenced to 300-hours of community service.
Free Throw is the basketball themed novel from Metis author Jacqueline Guest. In this story a Blackfoot youth is on a winning basketball team at his on-reserve school. Next comes great changes for he and his mother following her marriage to a non-Aboriginal man. The blended families must learn to live together as stepbrother and sister. But the Blackfoot youth finds that made more challenging after his mother moves to the city to live with he new husband's family. The boy must move in mid-season and must find the courage to face adjusting to an urban school and a new basketball team.
Cliques: Deal with it using what you have inside, is part of the Deal With It Series, offering young readers up-to-date discussions about: distinguishing groups from cliques, inclusion/exclusion, gossip, cyber-bullying, self esteem, and peer pressure. The book directly addresses the problem of cliques, and provides many practical tips on how to identify, confront, and overcome it | with style. The text is written to be comfortable for every reader, whether on the inside making trouble for someone else, on the outside, or a bystander wondering what to do.