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tagged: children's fiction, First Nations, BC, indigenous
Books with subject matter relevant to Indigenous kids and teens or books for kids and teens by Indigenous authors.
A Different Game

A Different Game

by Sylvia Olsen
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : soccer, diseases, illnesses & injuries, native canadian

In this sequel to Murphy and Mousetrap, Murphy and his three friends, Danny, Jeff and Albert, are making the transition from the tribal elementary school to the community middle school. They are all trying out for the middle school's soccer team, and they're pretty confident that The Formidable Four will all make the team. But once the tryouts begin, Albert, the tribal-school superstar, plays like a second stringer. Murphy's new friend, Molly, is determined to help the boys find out what's wrong …

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For-mi-da-ble: inspiring respect or wonder because of size, strength or ability
   "Formidable," Murphy says to his cat, Mousetrap. "The Formidable Four. That's us, MT. What do you think about that?"

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The Little Hummingbird

The Little Hummingbird

by Michael Yahgulanaas
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged : environment, other

A new edition of the beautifully illustrated, bestselling book, revised for younger readers.

This inspiring children's book—a revised edition of the award-winning Flight of the Hummingbird—is based on a South American indigenous story about a courageous hummingbird who defies fear and expectations in her attempt to save the forest from fire. The illustrated story is supplemented by a natural and cultural history of hummingbirds, as well as an inspiring message from Nobel Peace Prize winner Wa …

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The Littlest Sled Dog

The Littlest Sled Dog

by Michael Kusugak, illustrated by Vladyana Krykorka
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged : dogs, native canadian, self-esteem & self-reliance

Igvillu is a little dog with big dreams. One of her favorite dreams is of becoming a sled dog. When Igvillu is adopted from her kennel by an Inuit storyteller and moves to northern Canada, she comes face-to-face with real sled dogs. Igvillu loves living in the North, chasing siksiks and dreaming about her future. She's a dog who believes anything is possible!

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Igvillu said to herself, "When I grow up, I am going to be a St. Bernard."
She dreamed about running in the deep, pure-white snows of the Alps and rescuing skiers.
She dreamed of running, running so fast, chasing wolves with sleek Irish wolfhounds. She dreamed of hunting with dingoes in Australia.
She dreamed of splashing in clear waters fetching ducks with golden retrievers.
But most of the time she dreamed about pulling huge, heavy sleds with big huskies, way up north.

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Murphy and Mousetrap

Murphy and Mousetrap

by Sylvia Olsen
edition:Paperback
tagged : prejudice & racism, friendship, soccer

Murphy's mother has just moved him and their cat, Mousetrap, back to the reserve in Port Alberni. Although he belongs to the Nuu-chah-nulth Nation, Murphy is sure that he won't fit in, and he worries about Mousetrap, who has always been an indoor cat. When a bunch of local boys drag him to their soccer practice, put him in goal and pelt him with balls, he believes that his worst fear has come true. However, he seems to be discovering a new talent at the same time. And perhaps he has misjudged. B …

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"You deaf?" Albert hollered. "You got trouble hearing plain English, white boy?"

"Hey, man," Jeff said. "Murphy's my cousin."

"You know how to play soccer?" Albert said.

"Not really" was all Murphy could say.

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Mwakwa Talks to the Loon

Mwakwa Talks to the Loon

A Cree Story for Children
illustrated by Dale Auger
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : native canadian

Winner of the Aboriginal Children's Book of the Year Award, 2006 Anskohk Aboriginal Literature Festival and Book Awards

 

Kayâs is a young Cree man who is blessed with a Gift that makes him a talented hunter. He knows the ways of the Beings he hunts and can even talk with them in their own languages. But when he becomes proud and takes his abilities for granted, he loses his gift, and the People grow hungry.

 

With the help of the Elders and the Beings that inhabit the water, Kayâs learns that in …

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Orphan Ahwak

Orphan Ahwak

by Raquel Rivera
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : orphans & foster homes, native canadian, survival stories

Aneze, a young Aboriginal girl, is left for dead after her village is ripped apart by a wife-raid; her father and brother are killed and her mother is kidnapped. Aneze is the only survivor. She renames herself Orphan Ahwak as she struggles to survive on her own, first in the forest and then in a remote world of tundra and sea-ice. She endures cold and hunger and befriends people whose customs are completely foreign to her. Through it all she remains determined to become a hunter and to find a pl …

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"A hunter knows he is never alone." She had heard Father say that once.

Aneze looked into the trees. She spoke out loud to the bush. "There's always you, Chickadee," she said to the small birds skittering above. "And if I stare long enough at the sky, I'll see you, Eagle, circling with your wife. You will show me where Rabbit and Vole are hiding. And nearby in the stream, you are swimming, Jackfish. And you, Beaver, you are working on your house."

"You see," Aneze told the woods. "I'm not alone at all."

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The Salmon Twins

The Salmon Twins

by Caroll Simpson
edition:Hardcover
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged : native canadian

In her third book inspired by First Nations’ stories, children’s author and illustrator Caroll Simpson explains the significance of community values. She introduces readers to a world of creatures like Sea Lion, Killer Whale, Dogfish and Kingfisher. Her dramatic tale of young twins and their transformation shows how working together keeps a community healthy.

 

When new twins are born in a mythical Pacific Coast village, everyone celebrates because the birth of twins is a rare occasion; twins …

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Belle of Batoche

Belle of Batoche

by Jacqueline Guest
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : post-confederation (1867-), native canadian

Belle, an 11-year-old Metis girl, and Sarah both want the coveted job of church bell ringer. An embroidery contest is held to award the position, and Sarah cheats. Before Belle can expose her, the two are caught up in the advancing forces of General Middleton and his troops as they surround Batoche in the 1885 Riel Rebellion. The church bell disappeared that day and remains missing to this day.

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Belle hadn't meant to stay so long. It must be after eight o'clock, way past breakfast. How was she going to explain? Suddenly Belle stopped, listening intently as an unfamiliar sound drifted to her on the early morning breeze. Then she recognized what it was. Gunfire! Batoche was under attack!

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