March Toward Thunder is a moving historical novel by Abenaki author Joseph Bruchac that features 15-year old Louis, an Abenaki youth from Canada. He is recruited to fight for the northern Irish Brigade during the American Civil War. While living in New York with his mother 15-year-old Nolette seeks adventure, a paycheque, and an end to slavery. The army seems like a good choice. Here Louis finds other frightened youth on the long summer march to Virginia. He discovers there is no actual war heroes or bad guys just a dirty business, as one sergeant puts it.
The Life of Helen Betty Osborne: A Graphic Novel is a 32-page graphic novel published by In A Bind Publications and the Helen Betty Osborne Memorial Foundation. Written by David Alexander Robertson and illustrated by Madison Blackstone, the novel takes readers into the world of the bright Cree teenager Helen Betty Osborne (1952-1971). Her brutal murder shocked her Cree community and the miscarriage of justice that followed remains a scar on the Canadian justice system.
No Time to Say Goodbye: Children's Stories of Kruper Indian Residential School is a fictionalized account of the experiences of five First Nations children who attended Tsartlip Day School and were apprehended by government Indian agents and sent to Kruper Island Residential School. Author Sylvia Olsen talked with six community members and listened to their accounts of their time spent at the residential school.
For the Children is the newly published posthumous book of poetry by renowned Mi'kmaw poet Rita Joe (1932-2007). The publisher, Breton Books, collected previously published poems and more recent poems that were written when illness entered Rita Joe's life. Black ink woodcuts of animals drawn by Burland Murphy are included throughout the volume. Rita Joe was born in Wycocomagh, Cape Breton Island and attended Shubenacadie Indian Residential School. Her first book of poetry was published in 1978.
Goodbye Buffalo Bay is the latest book from the writing team, Larry Loyie and Constance Brissenden. This chapter book tells the story of Larry Loyie's teen years when he spent his final year at residential school and then went out into the world to make a living. This novel is the sequel to As Long as the River Flow: A Last Summer Before Residential School and When the Spirits Dance. The years spent at residential school culminate in a final year spent with the priests and nuns and most importantly one's friends and siblings.
Cyberbullying: Deal with It and Ctrl Alt Delete It 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 the growing phenomenon known as cyberbullying and how to identify and effectively deal with the tactics of a cyberbully. The book describes scenarios of cyberbullying and how students can identify the actions of others online. The book covers how to take action against cyberbullying behaviours whether the student is the cyberbully, the target, or the witness.
I Like Who I Am is first-time author Tara White children's picture book about identity, bullying, and assertiveness. A young Mohawk girl named Celina experiences her first day in an elementary school in a Mohawk community. From the illustrations, the reader quickly notes that Celina has blonde hair and blue eyes. At recess her new classmates gather round and quiz her about why she is attending their school. Celina explains that her mother just started a new job at the band office. Other students then ask her about her identity. Is Celina really a Mohawk girl?
Thunderbird Spirit is part of the Orca Sports series and is targeted for reluctant readers who require high interest and low vocabulary books. This hockey oriented title contains an exciting sports context as well as racism, mystery and friendship themes. The two main characters are teen boys who play hockey for a Seattle team. The one character named Mike is a reckless and often quick to anger youth who has just been traded to this Seattle team and is starting to wear out his welcome.
OUT OF PRINT This title is no longer available from the publisher When the Horses Ride By: Children in Times of War is a powerful picture book that can be used effectively in the classroom to introduce discussions about war and peace. Through the eyes and words of children, the author and illustrator approached the themes of dreams and aspirations, and overcoming war by having the words spoken by children in 17 free verse poems.
In free verse, author Karen Hesse tells of Vera and other Aleuts who are moved to Ketchikan in 1942 when the Japanese invade the Aleutian Islands. Many Aleuts die of illness, but Vera knows she will see her beloved island again. The people known as Aleuts were removed from their island homes following the June 1942 attack by the Japanese during World War Two. The story tells the tragic experiences of Vera and her family and friends as they struggle to retain their culture and family ties during this disruptive period of relocation.