From the Roots Up is the second volume in the Surviving the City series by Tasha Spillett-Sumner (she/her/hers who draws her strength from both her Nehiyaw and Trinidadian bloodlines, and illustrated by Natasha Donovan (she/her/hers) a self-taught illustrator from Vancouver, British Columbia. In From the Roots Up, Dez and Miikwan’s stories continue. Dez’s grandmother has passed away. Grieving, and with nowhere else to go, she’s living in a group home.
Julie Flett, Cree-Métis author, illustrator, and artist, has written and illustrated Birdsong. In this story a young girl, Katherena, moves to the city with her mother and feels lonely and no longer wants to draw, something that she usually enjoys. But soon she meets the neighbour, Agnes, who shares her love of arts and crafts with Katherena. The two become friends but as the seasons change Agnes becomes frail. Julie Flett’s textured images of birds, flowers, art, and landscapes bring vibrancy and warmth to this powerful story of friendship.
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.
Indian No More by Charlene Willing McManis (Umpqua) with Traci Sorell (Cherokee) and cover art by Marlena Myles (Spirit Lake Dakota, Mohegan, Muscogee Creek), is about the termination programs in the US and how this affects the life of Regian Petit. Indian No More is the story of Regina Petit and her family and the US bill that signs their Umpqua tribe in Oregan out of existence. She has an Indian number and is counted as Indian, lives and practices her tribal culture, and has Umpqua ancestors.
Crow Winter by Karen McBride, Algonquin Anishinaabe from Timiskaming First Nation in the territory that is now known as Quebec, is a story about trickster and Hazel Ellis. Returning home to Spirit Bear Point First Nation, Hazel dreams of an old crow. A new job at the Band office introduces her to evidence that will prove useful as she tries to unravel a complicated land issue involving family and historic records. Nanabush, her mother, Gus, Mia, Joni, Robby and Thomas are the links between her life, family and home and the Medicine Wheel.
Chasing Painted Horses by Drew Hayden Taylor (Ojibwe) is the story of cold but happy Harry in spite of being destitute due to a negligent and schizophrenic society confused in its understanding of the relationship between Aboriginal peoples and everybody else, in a so-called just, multicultural society. But Harry had talents coming from an oral culture. Ralph from Otter Lake reserve but now a Toronto Police officer meets Harry in curious circumstances. Danielle from Otter Lake reserve, who drew the original Horse on the Everything Wall, goes missing.
Nowhere to Hide is a young adult book by Ojibwa writer, Kim Sigafus. In this book, Autumn Dawn enjoys the outdoor life of lakes and woods of White Earth Reservation in Minnesota but at school she is bullied. With the school play only months away, homework tensions and Aunt Jessie Little Wolf coming to stay and share her room, things are becoming complicated for Autumn. Dealing with dyslexia, speech issues which she shares with her father, Autumn learns that she is not alone and can share her feelings about why she has lower grades and speech issues especially with 's'.
In Taqu Learns to Listen, Taqu learn what it means to be a good friend as well as being respectful. Taqu enjoyed being outdoors and on a summer day she went to find some of her friends. But some friends were busy doing things such as packing to leave for a camping trip and another friend was very sad. Taqu learned from her mother that talking about problems sometimes helps a person feel better. But Aqi doesn’t want to talk as Taqu keeps asking more questions. Finally Taqu has to e told that sometimes people want to be alone for a while.
Ukaliq and Kalla Help Out is a 28-page English language reader in Inhabit Education's Nunavummi Reading Series. This is a unique Nunavut-made levelled reading series that aligns the reading expectations of the Inuit language, English, and French. The reading series corresponds closely to the reading levels and expectations developed by the Department of Education in Nunavut. This approach to literacy provides educators and parents the tools they need to ensure that children are equally challenged and successful in all the languages represented in Nunavut.