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Jacob's Prayer
Author: Lorne Dufour
Format: Paperback
  • In 1974 Lorne Dufour moved to Alkali Lake Reserve, a Shuswap community near Williams Lake in British Columbia, to help reopen the local elementary school. Like many First Nation communities across Canada, Alkali Lake had been ravaged by decades of residential schools and forced religion. Colonialism had robbed them of their language and culture and had left a legacy of abuse and alcoholism. But in 1972, Chief Andy Chelsea and his wife Phyllis took it upon themselves to lead their community on a long and painful road to sobriety and what ensued was a dramatic transformation of a people enslaved by a seemingly unstoppable plague. By 1985, Alkali Lake was almost a hundred percent dry and had become a role model for many other communities in BC.

    Jacob's Prayer takes place during this time of transformation and it speaks to the unexpected existence of resiliency in the most unassuming of characters. It centres around one tragic Halloween evening in 1975 when two men lose their lives and another is saved by a friend who chooses not to be destroyed by his own tragedy and devastating loss. Jacob's Prayer is the haunting and poetic story of a community's suffering, loss and eventual healing.

$18.95

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Journey to Literacy: No Worksheets Required
Format: Paperback
  • Journey to Literacy: No Worksheets Required

    The play-based learning and individualized strategies in this practical book build on the wide range of literacy skills present in the kindergarten classroom. This valuable resource explores simple ways to use traditional learning centres to provide children with real and authentic reasons to listen, speak, read, write, and view. Teachers will find a wealth of resources for creating meaningful learning experiences, including:

    answers to often-asked questions
    milestones to inform teaching instruction
    activities and games for both individuals and groups
    literacy extensions that involve children with quality literature, authentic artifacts, and recordings

    This highly readable book will support teachers as they move beyond worksheets and nurture students on their journey to lifelong literacy.

$24.95

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Journeys of the Spirit IV
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Format: Paperback
  • This book contains more stories of brave and courageous Aboriginal adult literacy students from all over Canada. The selected individuals have created positive changes not only in their lives but also in the lives of their friends, family and First Nation communities.

    We hope this collection will continue to enhance and promote a greater understanding of the issues facing Canada's Indigenous people.

$16.95

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Just Pretending
Format: Paperback
  • From one of Canada's most exciting new Metis voices comes a book whose recurring themes include the complexities of identity, belonging/not belonging, Aboriginal adoption, loss and abandonment, regret and insecurity.

    A deadbeat dad tries to reconnect with his daughter after 22 years away. A selfish poet has been scarred by an upbringing that leaves him emotionally distant from his children and spouse. A pot-smoking middle-aged man undertakes a modest quest for meaning following a brush with mortality. A fourteen-year-old girl struggles to come to terms with her feelings of abandonment.

    The characters are often fragile, sometimes unlikeable, but ultimately can be identified or sympathized with. At the centre of the stories are notions of identity and belonging, and the complex relationships between children and parents, both those who are real and those who are just pretending.

$18.95

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Just Reach Out: Back to High School Transition Guide
Format: Paperback
  • Just Reach Out is for your journey through high school. It is for students who are in high school, returning to high school or relocating to a new program outside of their home community.

    It is based on bringing Aboriginal ways of life, learning, and sharing into our everyday lives. Our survival as First Nation peoples depends on staying connected to the strengths of our communities—past and present. This guide shares Aboriginal stories and information collected over time about our survival, and about building respectful relationships with family, animals, places, spirits and the land.

$25.95

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Juvie
Author: Steve Watkins
Format: Hardcover
  • Sadie Windas has always been the responsible one — she’s the star player on her AAU basketball team, she gets good grades, she dates a cute soccer player, and she tries to help out at home. Not like her older sister, Carla, who leaves her three-year-old daughter, Lulu, with Aunt Sadie while she parties and gets high. But when both sisters are caught up in a drug deal -- wrong place, wrong time -- it falls to Sadie to confess to a crime she didn’t commit to keep Carla out of jail and Lulu out of foster care. Sadie is supposed to get off with a slap on the wrist, but somehow, impossibly, gets sentenced to six months in juvie. As life as Sadie knew it disappears beyond the stark bars of her cell, her anger -- at her ex-boyfriend, at Carla, and at herself -- fills the empty space left behind. Can Sadie forgive Carla for getting her mixed up in this mess? Can Carla straighten herself out to make a better life for Lulu, and for all of them? Can Sadie survive her time in juvie with her spirit intact?

    Heart-wrenching and real, Juvie tells the story of two sisters grappling with accountability, sacrifice -- and who will be there to help you after you take the fall.

$20.00

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