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Algonquin Spring: An Algonquin Quest Novel
Author: Rick Revelle
Traditional Territory: Algonquin
Format: Paperback
  • An Algonquin Quest Novel

    Years after a devastating battle, Mahingan and his tribe struggle to recover a lost loved one.

    Six years earlier in the fourteenth century, Mahingan and his tribe fought the Battle of the Falls against the Haudenosaunee. There were many losses, and Mahingan thought he had lost his wife, Wàbananang (Morning Star). But after the battle, he learned she was still alive, taken captive by the Haudenosaunee. Now on a desperate quest to rescue her, Mahingan and his small family are wintering north of the Ottawa River near present-day Lachute, Quebec. If they are to have any hope of recovering Wàbananang, though, they must first survive until spring.

    At the same time, over 2,000 kilometres away in present-day New- foundland, events taking place will affect four Native tribes: Mahingan’s, a group of Mi’kmaq, a Beothuk group, and a band of Haudenosaunee warriors led by Mahingan’s old nemesis, Ò:nenhste Erhar (Corn Dog) — a fierce Mohawk War Chief and Wàbananang’s captor.

    Along the way, Mahingan’s brother, Mitigomij, will reveal his true self and powers. Then, an influential Mi’kmaq legend puts a new, powerful twist on events, and threatens to send things spiraling out of Mahingan’s control.

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Arctic Thunder
Author: Robert Feagan
Format: Paperback
  • Mike Watson''s team has just won the Alberta Bantam Provincial box lacrosse championships. The euphoria of victory and plans for next season are short-lived when Mike''s father, a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, is transferred to Inuvik, Northwest Territories.

    The transition to life inside the Arctic Circle is a tough one. With temperatures of -30 Celsius, a hulking monster named Joseph Kiktorak threatening him at every turn, and not a lacrosse ball in site, Mike''s resentment at moving north escalates.

    As his friendships with local youth develop, Mike is introduced to the amazing spectacle and athleticism of traditional "Arctic Sports." When his father witnesses the natural talent of Mike''s new friends, the idea of an Inuvik lacrosse team is born! With hearts full of desire, the motley group of athletes heads south to participate in the Baggataway Lacrosse Tournament, and to face Mike''s former team, The Rams.

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Break Away 2: Power Forward A Novel
Author: Sylvain Hotte
Format: Paperback
  • A thrilling, human story that takes you well beyond the world of hockey.

    Alex McKenzie is back, a promising young hockey player who hopes to make the juniors in Quebec City. Though he still prefers fishing and roaming bush roads on his quad, he trains hard under his demanding coach Larry in his hometown on the Lower North Shore of the St. Lawrence.

    His buddy Tommy is vying to make the juniors too. Once in Quebec City, things change. Tommy gets sullen and obnoxious as he hangs out with some dubious types. He and Alex grow apart and then tragedy strikes. In this sequel to Break Away, Jessie on my Mind, young people deal with powerful peer pressure, budding love, and catastrophe.

    In this sequel to the award-winning Jessie on my Mind, young people deal with powerful peer pressures, budding love, and tragedy. Their friendships are sorely tested, their values are challenged, and they begin to learn what is important in life.

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Break Away: Jessie On My Mind
Author: Sylvain Hotte
Format: Paperback
  • Alexandre McKenzie lives on North Shore of the St. Lawrence River. In summer he rides the logging trails on his quad. Come winter he is a promising young hockey star who seeks solitude at a bush camp by the frozen lake. But when he plunges into a relationship with a girl plagued by tragedy, things turn ugly. Fighting his own demons Alex fights to hold his head high, like the bull moose that haunts him from the moment he meets Jessie. Break Away, Jessie on my mind tells of friendship, family, pride and love. It’s a story that could happen wherever winter, hockey, and young people come together.

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Broken Trail
Author: Jean Rae Baxter
Format: Paperback
  • Broken Trail is the story a thirteen-year-old white boy, the son of United Empire Loyalists, who has been captured and adopted by the Oneida people. Striving to find his vision oki that will guide him in his quest to become a warrior, Broken Trail disavows his white heritage—he considers himself Oneida. But everything changes when Broken Trail, alone in the woods on his vision quest, is mistakenly shot by a redcoat soldier.

    Additional Information
    246 pages | 5.50" x 7.62"

    This is the second book in the "Forging a Nation" series. Other titles in this series include The Way Lies North, Freedom Bound, The White Oneida, and Hope's Journey.

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Code Talker
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
  • This book is a fascinating slice of World War II history by a much-respected and acclaimed author. Six-year-old Ned Begay leaves his Navajo home for residential school, where he learns the English language. At 16, he enlists in the Marines during World War II and is trained as a code talker, using his native language to radio battlefield information and commands in a code that was kept secret until 1969. Rooted in his Navajo consciousness and traditions even in dealing with fear, loneliness, and the horrors of the battlefield, Ned tells of his experiences of war. Ages 11+

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Fire Song
Format: Paperback
  • How can Shane reconcile his feelings for David with his desire for a better life?

    Shane is still reeling from the suicide of his kid sister, Destiny. How could he have missed the fact that she was so sad? He tries to share his grief with his girlfriend, Tara, but she’s too concerned with her own needs to offer him much comfort. What he really wants is to be able to turn to the one person on the rez whom he loves—his friend, David.

    Things go from bad to worse as Shane’s dream of going to university is shattered and his grieving mother withdraws from the world. Worst of all, he and David have to hide their relationship from everyone. Shane feels that his only chance of a better life is moving to Toronto, but David refuses to join him. When yet another tragedy strikes, the two boys have to make difficult choices about their future together.

    With deep insight into the life of Indigenous people on the reserve, this book masterfully portrays how a community looks to the past for guidance and comfort while fearing a future of poverty and shame. Shane’s rocky road to finding himself takes many twists and turns, but ultimately ends with him on a path that doesn’t always offer easy answers, but one that leaves the reader optimistic about his fate.

    Reviews
    “Complex, vulnerable emotion is embedded within the specificity of the writing in this dramatic prose debut. Jones avoids clichés of reservation life, humanizing the stories of how his people reconcile the trauma of suicide, missing family members, same-sex relationships, and the isolation of a community left to fend for itself. A touching story that has been a long time coming for the Indigenous community.”
    Kirkus Reviews

    “This complex, well-written debut will resonate with young people . . . A great coming-out novel with Native American protagonists; recommended for all teen collections.”
    Jill Baetiong, School Library Journal

    “A powerful, challenging book that is full of deeply meaningful turns as it boldly encourages living life to the best of one’s abilities.”
    Foreword Reviews

    "A stunning debut. If you loved the movie Fire Song, get ready to swoon over this movie-to-novel adaptation. The tension, beauty, desperation, hunger for someone, hunger for yourself, a family at the crossroads and a highway that's calling--it's all here. Completely riveting. Completely compelling. Adam Garnet Jones, I would follow you and your characters anywhere. Bravo! A literary and unforgettable masterpiece."
    Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed

    Educator Information
    Recommended for Ages 14+ / Grades 9+

    Novel Themes: LGBTQ, family relationships, suicide, friendships, acceptance, sexuality, secrets, stereotyping, siblings, diversity, teens, multigenerational, Indigenous.

    Additional Information
    232 pages | 5.50" x 8.25"

    A hardcover copy of this book is also available on the Strong Nations website.

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Jim and Me
Author: Dan Gutman
Format: Paperback
  • He was the world's greatest athlete, and a hero--until his medals were taken away. Join two friends on a quest to regain the reputation of Jim Thorpe who was an Olympic champion and went on to play professional baseball and football. Ages 9-12

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Jim Thorpe: Original All American
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Format: Paperback
  • Jim Thorpe's amazing accomplishments as an Olympic medal winner as well as an outstanding professional football and baseball player brings his story to life. Focusing on his years at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School, this title highlights his early athletic career, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the 20th century.

    Ages 12-15

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Lacrosse Warrior
Author: Wendy Lewis
Format: Paperback
  • Gaylord Powless was playing lacrosse by the age of three. He descended from generations of Mohawk lacrosse players and possessed great skill, but his native ancestry made him the target of brutal checking, and slashing. This is a compelling story of how this champion learned to deal with emotions.

    Ideal for reluctant readers.

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No More No Name
Author: Tim Tingle
Traditional Territory: Choctaw
Format: Paperback
  • Tim Tingle's first novel in the contemporary No Name series depicts the struggles of Choctaw teen Bobby Byington. A strong-willed and determined high school basketballer, Bobby must carve a path through the dark world of his father's alcoholism and angry nature. In the second book, No More No Name, Bobby's mother returns home, and Bobby's basketball team, galvanized by his impressive shooting skills, begins to win. But trouble looms when his father's cravings resurface "Son, I hope you never fully understand what I'm going through. Every day, every hour, every minute. An owl claws on me from inside my chest. The desire to have one-just one more drink-that is the owl."

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Oil King Courage
Author: Sigmund Brouwer
Format: Paperback
  • I sucked down the icy air, but all too soon my lungs grew ragged from the cold. It felt like I was breathing in air from a red-hot furnace. My broken fingers throbbed, but that was the least of my worries.

    The bulldozer stayed directly behind me. It wouldn't get tired. There was no way I could stay ahead of it, not with all the miles between me and where the Mackenzie entered the Arctic Ocean.
    Reuben and Gear learn to appreciate art in the arctic.
    When the Edmonton Oil Kings discover that Reuben Reuben has a hockey game as unforgettable as his name and his Inuit heritage, life changes in a hurry for him and his best friend Gear. A wealthy businessman sponsors a three-on-three pond-hockey tour across the western Arctic, and Reuben and Gear find out more than they ever bargained for about teamwork, about the North and about a dangerous family secret.

    Fry Reading Level: 4.1

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Rink Rivals
Format: Paperback
  • When twin brothers Evan and Brynley Selkirk move with their family from the remote Cree community of Whapmagoostui to bustling Calgary, their worlds turn upside-down. In place of the grey, frigid waters of Hudson Bay, they see the downtown canyons of a modern city.

    Bryn, a musical prodigy, trades piano practice for hockey practice to impress a new girlfriend; Evan, the family hockey hero, starts running with a bad crowd and neglecting the game. As the brothers' lies get them in deeper and deeper trouble with their parents, they have to rely on each other to gain the courage to do what's right.

    Rink Rivals is an action-packed account of how sport can help young people find the courage to confront sudden and radical changes in their lives.

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Roughing
Format: Paperback
  • Josh Watson is chosen to attend an elite hockey camp for the summer and rooms with Peter Kuiksak, a talented Native player from the Northwest Territories. He struggles with the rigors of camp, intensified because of his diabetes, which he is trying to hide so he won't receive special treatment. He begins to like and respect Peter, and his loyalties are tested when he learns that the star player, Kevin, and other boys are planning on intensifying their cruel hazing of him. Josh rises to the occasion, stopping the roughing and scoring big because he stands up for what he believes. Although the message is not subtle, the hockey action is nonstop and full of excitement. Readers of sports fiction, especially hockey fans, will love it. The dialogue is brisk, and although character development takes second place to the action-driven plot, the book fills a niche for libraries looking for offerings that combine sports and an issue with which kids deal.

    Book 1

    Against the Boards is book 2
    Northern Star is book 3

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Stories of Survival and Revenge: From Inuit Folklore
Traditional Territory: Inuit
Format: Paperback
  • Stories of Survival and Revenge presents
    three action-packed Inuit folktales: the
    stories of Nuliajuk, the mother of the sea
    mammals; Kaugjagjuk, the mistreated
    orphan who seeks revenge; and the
    Nanurluk, an enormous polar bear many
    times the size of a regular bear.
    Written at a reading level of approximately
    grade three, and an interest level suitable
    for the 12+ age group, this book is a
    perfect pick for reluctant and struggling
    readers.
    With comic book–inspired illustrations, this
    book presents these folktales as they were meant to be experienced,
    with all of the heart-pounding action and awe-inspiring creatures that
    Inuit mythology has to offer.

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