Triple Threat, paper ed

$12.95

Triple Threat by Jacqueline Guest features a basketball theme along side a blended family, and the sport of wheelchair basketball. The main character is Matt Eagletail, a 13-year-old First Nation boy, who lives in Calgary with his mother, and stepfather, who is white, and his five stepsisters. Matt spends his time on the court and online with his friend Free Throw, who is a wheelchair athlete who coaches basketball. The pair meets one summer and together they build a basketball team of neighbourhood boys and girls.

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Rink Rivals, paper ed

$9.95

Rink Rivals is a fast-paced sports novel by Métis author Jacqueline Guest. When twin brothers Evan and Brynley Selkirk move with their family from the remote Cree community of Whapmagoostui to bustling Calgary, their worlds turn upside-down. In place of the grey, frigid waters of Hudson Bay, they see the downtown canyons of a modern city. Bryn, a musical prodigy, trades piano practice for hockey practice to impress a new girlfriend; Evan, the family hockey hero, starts running with a bad crowd and neglecting the game.

Price: $9.95

Lacey and the African Grandmothers, paper ed

$17.95

Lacey and the African Grandmothers is one of the titles in the Kids Power Series from Second Story Press. The author Sue Farrell Holler has adapted a true event into a fictionalized chapter book format. The story shows how one individual twelve-year-old Blackfoot girl can make a difference in the lives of African grandmothers who are caring for their orphaned grandchildren. Lacey tells the story from her perspective as a girl living on a First Nation reserve outside of Calgary where she is bussed to an off-reserve school.

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Bannock Book, The, 2nd printing, paper ed

$10.95

The Bannock Book is a 32-page children's picture book written and illustrated by Reading Recovery teacher Linda Ducharme. The author tells the story of a young girl as she assists her mother with making a healthy bannock for her grandfather, called Pepere. The family is Métis and the author introduces a few Michif terms. The procedure for making bannock is described in simple sentences. The granddaughter assists by measuring the whole wheat flour and other dry ingredients. She also makes several small-size bannocks for herself and shapes them just like her mother.

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Porcupine Year, The, hardcover ed

$21.00

The Porcupine Year is the third children's novel in Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich's series about the life of a 19th-century Ojibwe family set on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. This story is set in 1852 and the lead character, Omakayas, is twelve-years-old as her family is forced to move from their beloved land because of the demands by the chimookomanag, the white people, who are moving closer to the people every year. The family decides to travel north to meet up with a sister's family.

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Porcupine Year, The, paper ed

$13.99

The Porcupine Year is the third children's novel in Ojibwe writer Louise Erdrich's series about the life of a 19th-century Ojibwe family set on Madeline Island in Lake Superior. This story is set in 1852 and the lead character, Omakayas, is twelve-years-old as her family is forced to move from their beloved land because of the demands by the chimookomanag, the white people, who are moving closer to the people every year. The family decides to travel north to meet up with a sister's family.

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Return of Skeleton Man, The, paper ed

$9.99

Abenaki author and storyteller successfully transformed a traditional Mohawk story about the skeleton man into a contemporary plot with a teenage Mohawk girl whose family mysteriously disappears. In the earlier novel, The Skeleton Man, a strange ôuncleö appears to claim Sally and she is left with disturbing dreams that seem to reflect the traditional legend about a man whose ôhungerö reaches frightening proportions. The girl's father had often told this Mohawk legend about a long ago family who disappears only to be saved by the family's youngest member.

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Tantalize, paper ed

$10.00

Tantalize is a young adult gothic novel written by Creek children's author Cynthia Leitich Smith. Smith has left behind her Native American themes but retains the humour and good writing in this romantic fantasy with werewolf and vampire characters, and a Texas Italian restaurant setting. Quincie Morris is a seventeen-year-old high school student whose parents have died and she is left in her uncle's care to run the family business, a restaurant. Uncle and niece plan to remodel the restaurant with a strong gothic vampire theme that serves Italian cuisine.

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Wisdom Weaver, hardcover ed

$25.13

Wisdom Weaver Bina'nitin Bidziilgo Atl'ohi is a bilingual English and Navajo picture book published by Salina Bookshelf that tells a simple story about the importance of weaving. The gentle story explores the relationship between a young girl and her grandmother who teaches the child all the tasks involved in creating a beautiful Navajo rug. From the shearing of the sheep and cleaning the wool to spinning the wool to make yarn, all the steps are included in simple sentences with appropriate illustrations. The pair even selects plants to makes dyes for colouring the wool.

Price: $25.13

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