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Deborah L. Delaronde

Publishing books under her maiden name to honour her Metis heritage, Deborah L. Delaronde writes stories that are historical in setting and focused on either Metis protagonists, a Metis setting and/or situation.  She hopes to convey the way of life of the Metis people in a historical and contemporary context.  She has also published books that are not Metis-themed.

The Stone Gift
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 8; 9; 10; 11; 12;

D.J. awakens from a coma with no memory of what happened to him. The only thing that he knows for sure is that he was severely beaten and his face is disfigured. When his grandmother places a stone necklace around his neck, he begins to heal at a rapid pace. Then D.J. begins to experience a series of visions that take him through segments of a friendship between a boy named Jeff and a foster kid named Tim. It is through these visions that he learns about events that led up to a school gang blaming Jeff for preventing Tim's gang membership, Tim's subsequent death and to D.J. being hospitalized. Most of all D.J. learns about himself and his family's historical connection to the 'Grandfather Stone.' What strange power does the stone hold and who is the beautiful girl caring for him?

Reviews
"Deborah has written a true-in-its-bones story about Métis youth and shares her own wisdom in a generous fashion. This book is a gift in itself from a talented story-teller. We should all look forward to more of her stories!" - Parkland Regional Library, Jean-Louis

Educator Information
Young Adult Fiction | Recommended for ages 13-18

Subjects/Themes: Indigenous, Fantasy, Friendship

Additional Information
150 pages | 5.50" x 8.50"

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$18.00

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Emma's Gift
Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: Kindergarten; 1; 2; 3; 4; 5; 6;

Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young.

When Emma’s grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King’s Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. ‘King’s Day’ is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the Three Wise Kings who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts on this holy day. Emma learns that ‘King’s Day’ is not only about exchanging gifts, it’s also about helping family and friends by giving one's time.

Reviews
"Deborah Delaronde uses her unique gift for writing and the insights of her Métis heart to gift us with this story of Emma. It is a heart-warming story that uncovers bit by bit how Emma realizes and integrates the meaning of King Day's into her young life. This book gives a wonderful insight into our Métis culture." - Joe McLellan, author of The Nanabosho Series

"Careful, spare sentences, paired with smartly detailed, almost cinematic drawings, gentle us through Emma's experience of the Kings' Day, the Métis traditional celebration of The Epiphany. The young woman's growing understanding --her own epiphany-- of the customs of give and take between the adults of her family and community, and her own gifting, make this a lovely story about a sweet step in a girl's growing up." - Daniel David Moses, author of A Small Essay on the Largeness of Light and Other Poems

Additional Information
30 pages | 5.00" x 7.80"

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$16.00

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The Rabbit's Race
Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5;

It is Grandparents Day at Joey's school. Joey's grandfather has been asked to be the guest speaker.

As grandpa enters the school gym stage he sits down on the chair provided to him and starts...

"When I was a boy, my grandfather always had a story for every occasion," he said. "He told me that while some stories are meant to be enjoyed, others have a lesson to help you grow. So, I'm going to do what my grandfather did with me when I was growing up. I'm going to tell a story."

Grandpa retells a story of a great rabbit race not only was it a race of speed, but it was also a race between two different races of rabbits, the bush rabbits and the jackrabbits. Much like the famous story about The Rabbit and Turtle, this story also has a surprising twist and valuable lessons.

Reviews
"The Rabbits’ Race tells a story about respectfully appreciating elders, and working together and sharing. On Grandparents Day at school, Joey’s grandfather shares the story of a race between two bush rabbits and a large jackrabbit. The race contestants fall into an old abandoned beaver lodge and cannot get out of the hole." - CM Magazine

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$19.95

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