Found by Joseph Bruchac, Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected Elder among his people, is about Nick, a teenage survival expert who is being pursued by Dead Eyes who threw him off the train for witnessing something he should never have seen. Crossing rocky, mountainous, grass and forested land, Nick uses all his survival skills. He builds a fire, catches fish, finds himself with unexpected company in a cave yet always remembers his Grampa Elie’s stories and guidance.
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.
Trust Your Name by Tim Tingle (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is a book by award-winning author of an American Indian Youth Literature Awards Honor Book for Danny Blackgoat: Navajo Prisoner. In 2018 Tim Tingle received the Arrell Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Oklahoma Center for the Book. Trust Your Name is part of the 7th Generation Pathfinders series. In Trust Your Name, Bobby and Cherokee Johnny are Cherokee Panthers and friends with Lloyd, also a Panthers basketball player.
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'.
Standing Strong by Gary Robinson of Choctaw and Cherokee Indian descent, is the story of Rhonda Runningcrane. Rhonda's best friend has just committed suicide and this is on her mind as she copes with her own home issues. Going through her friend's facebook account though she stumbles upon something that will change her life. Driving north she joins a group protesting the planned building of a pipeline through sacred Native land in North Dakota.
A Name Earned is one of the titles in 7th Generations' PathFinders Series. This series of novels are known as high/low books—written at a lower reading level but with high-interest, age-appropriate plots. Designed for reluctant readers ages 12 and up, these books feature linear story lines, limited vocabulary and short sentences. The main characters in all the titles are Indigenous teens and the stories all include references to traditional ways. The layout and print size also contribute in making the books easier to read.
Carey Price: How a First Nations Kid Became a Superstar Goaltender is a young adult novel from the Record Books Series from James Lorimer Publishers. This high interest and low vocabulary title is aimed at reluctant teen readers whose reading is at a grades 3 and 4 level. Recordbooks are non-fiction stories that help reluctant readers understand history and social issues through the lens of the true story of a sports hero.
Pemmican Wars is volume 1 of the new graphic novel series, A Girl Called Echo from Highwater Press. Written by Katherena Vermette and illustrated by Scott Henderson. This young adult graphic novel is written with minimal text making this historical time travel story mixes two time periods as seen through the life story of a young teen named Echo. Echo does not live with her mother and attends a new school where she finds solace in the library. In history class Echo hears the story about the little known Pemmican Wars. Suddenly Echo finds herself transported to this historic event.
No More Name is the follow-up novel in the PathFinders series from 7th Generation publishing. The story revolves around Bobby Byington as he deals with his father's alcoholism and anger. In this second story, Bobby is learning to trust and find ways of dealing with his father's issues. Bobby has found a way to return to the sport he enjoys--basketball. Unfortunately, new issues emerge as Bobby's girlfriend is bullied and resented by her less academic classmates. Bobby connects with a basketball team member who also encounters an alcoholic parent.