Prolific Abenaki writer Joseph Bruchac has written a new first-person narrative biography of famed athlete Jim Thorpe (1887-1953). Thorpe is known as the greatest athlete who ever lived and his career in professional football and Major League Baseball stand as lasting testaments to this remarkable person. He was winner of Olympic gold medals in track and field during the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. The accounts of his early years and difficult times at Carlisle Indian School (residential school) are told with candor and modesty.
Lana's Lakota Moons is the most recent children's novel by Lakota writer Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Set in contemporary times, the story revolves around the Lakota calendar as two sisters (cousins) deal with their different personal interests as they share their grandparents' Lakota cultural traditions. The narrator, Lori, finds her cousin-sister to be mischievous and often lazy. Lori is the bookworm and the two are always finding ways to challenge their grandparents' patience.
Misconduct: Deal With It Without Bending the Rules 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 rules in their everyday lives whether they are the troublemaker, the follower, or the witness to misconduct. The various forms of misconduct are defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues.
Native Athletes in Action is one of the titles in Seventh Generation Book's Native Trailblazer Series. This title contains brief biographical sketches of 13 outstanding male and female athletes from Canada and the United States. Each athlete has achieved success in their chosen sport. The book, authored by long-distance runner Vincent Schilling, celebrates the lives of Jordin Tootoo, Cheri Becerra-Madsen, Alwyn Morris, Stephanie Murata, Cory Witherill, Ross Anderson, Richard Dionne, Mike Edwards, Shelly Hruska, Beau Kemp, Naomi Lang, Jim Thorpe, and Delby Powless.
Authority: Deal With It Before It Deals With You 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 to avoid conflict with authority figures. Dealing with rules and authority is defined with easy to understand examples presented in comic format, a quiz, letters to a Conflict Counsellor, do's and don'ts, and tips on how to deal with these issues. Suggested activities to prevent conflicts over rules are provided as well as a resource guide for follow-up activities.
The Winter People is a historical novel by Abenaki author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac. In this story set in 1759 during the French and Indian War the reader is taken to the Abenaki village of St. Francis (Odanak). British soldiers attack this Abenaki village while the men are away and kill many of the people taking several hostages. Among the hostages are the mother and younger sisters of the story's main character, fourteen-year old Saxso. The narrative then follows Saxso as he attempts to track down his family and save them.
Fort Chipewyan Homecoming: A Journey to Native Canada is sensitive account of a mother and her son as they return to her childhood community. Fort Chipewyan is a Cree and Chipewyan community in northeastern Alberta. During the visit, mother and son meet relatives, go fishing, clean and dry their catch, make bannock, pick berries, and attend Treaty Day. Author Morningstar Mercredi has written an informative book that introduces young readers to a contemporary First Nations community.
Code Talker: A Novel About The Navajo Marines of World War Two is an historical novel about a Navajo man who endured boarding school (residential school) to become a United States Marine during World War 2. Renowned Abenaki storyteller Joseph Bruchac weaves a quiet but engaging story where the Code Talker tells his grandchildren about the history of his wartime medal. The story begins as the narrator tells about his childhood on the Navajo Reservation.
The Unbreakable Code is a children's picture book that introduces the contribution of Navajo (Dine) codetalkers to the American war effort during World War 2. The story is set in Navajo territory and explores the interaction between a Navajo grandfather and his grandson. The boy expresses concern over the family's move to Minnesota and grandfather eases the child's fears by telling about the special gift of the Navajo language. Grandfather was a codetalker during World War 2 and he proceeds to explain how this language was critical to American success during the war.
Seneca Chief, Army General: A Story about Ely Parker is a 64-page biography of a Seneca man who lived from 1828 - 1895. Born into a Tonawanda Seneca family, Ely Parker grew up in this Iroquois community in New York State. His parents, William and Elizabeth Parker, sent the boy to a Baptist Church mission school so that Ely could learn English. His mother followed the teachings of her great-grandfather Handsome Lake who had encouraged some members of the Iroquois youth to learn about the white man's ways including speaking English.