Girlness: Deal With It Body and Soul 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 gender issues as it applies to femininity, how these issues can cause conflict, and how to deal with problems resulting from stereotyping.
Omuskegowak: Cree People of James Bay is a bilingual Cree and English literacy workbook about the Cree People of James Bay and published by Ningwakwe Learning Press. This 72-page book contains the English edition and on the inverted pages the text is written in James Bay Cree (Western dialect) using syllabic characters. Language teacher Annie Ashamock wrote the text that consists of twelve brief sections that describe the cultural traditions and history of the James Bay Cree.
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.
Goose Girl is a children's picture book from authors Joe and Matrine McLellan. In this story, the authors introduce a young girl named Marie who lived long ago and spoke Cree and French. Marie loved the fall season and enjoyed walking by the lake and watching the geese. She began to understand the life cycle of the geese and thought they were beautiful birds. In fact Marie loved the geese so much that she refused to eat goose for supper.
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.
A Sled Dog for Moshi is a picture book first published in 1994. This reprint tells a contemporary story about an Inuk girl and her friend Jessica from New York. The two girls enjoy playing with the white terrier dog that is the New York girl's pet. Moshi really wants a pet dog just like Jessica's dog. Moshi knows the purpose of Inuit sled dogs is to pull the sled and not act as pets. Nevertheless Moshi asks her father for one of the new puppies her father's lead dog will soon have. But the dog mysteriously disappears.
A Northern Cheyenne Album: Photographs by Thomas B Marquis is a remarkable collection of 142 black and white photographs taken between 1922 and 1935 by Thomas Marquis while he served as a doctor at the Northern Cheyenne Reservation at Lame Deer, Montana. The images are portraits of individuals and families as well as images of everyday activities on the reservation. There are no props or studio shots.
Yellow Line is part of the Orca Soundings series published by Orca Publishing. This series is designed as short, large-print paperback novels with high interest and low vocabulary. Targeted at the reluctant reader, the stories use compelling themes combined with authentic teenage dialogue. The book does not draw the reader's attention that is designed for teens reading below grade level. Yellow Line's storyline does not disappoint. Sylvia Olsen tells a story about two separate communities, one a small whites-only village and the other a small First Nations reserve set in British Columbia.
Muskrat Will Be Swimming is a 32-page picture book about a contemporary Native American girl who learns to be proud of her ancestry and understands the power of name-calling and teasing. Jeannie loves living beside a lake where muskrats live but her fellow classmates from the affluent part of town call her names and bully her. Being called Lake Rat makes Jeannie sad but wise grandfather tells her the Seneca Creation story about Skywoman being assisted by birds and animals. In the story the muskrat is responsible for bring up earth in its tiny paws from the deep water.
Cherokee author Marilou Awiakta weaves a fascinating chapter book that is based on the real-life experiences of a seven-year-old Choctaw girl kidnapped by United States soldiers during the 1830s. Rising Fawn lived with her extended Choctaw family in Mississippi but the American government's plans for the removal of all Indians to the west intruded on her life. With clarity and compassion the author has taken the real-life experiences of a Choctaw child and retold a moving narrative as seen through the eyes of the child.