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A Northern Alphabet
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 1; 2; 3; 4;

Beautifully-illustrated alphabet book depicting the people, animals, and way of people living in the North.

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A Stranger at Home: A True Story
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7; 8;

The powerful memoir of an Inuvialuit girl searching for her true self when she returns from residential school. 

Traveling to be reunited with her family in the Arctic, 10-year-old Margaret Pokiak can hardly contain her excitement. It's been two years since her parents delivered her to the school run by the dark-cloaked nuns and brothers. 

Coming ashore, Margaret spots her family, but her mother barely recognizes her, screaming, "Not my girl." Margaret realizes she is now marked as an outsider. 

And Margaret is an outsider: she has forgotten the language and stories of her people, and she can't even stomach the food her mother prepares. 

However, Margaret gradually relearns her language and her family's way of living. Along the way, she discovers how important it is to remain true to the ways of her people -- and to herself. 

Highlighted by archival photos and striking artwork, this first-person account of a young girl's struggle to find her place will inspire young readers to ask what it means to belong.

Sequel to Fatty Legs.

Reviews
"This memoir, detailing a woeful piece of Canadian history and demonstrating Margaret's strength of character, compassion, courage and her willingness to sacrifice herself for her family's sake, gives the reader a lot to ponder. Highly recommended." — Shelbey Krahn, Canadian Materials, February 2012

"A Stranger at Home will speak to anyone who has experienced displacement or assimilation into a new culture. This fabulous story enhances the Grades 6 to 8 social studies curriculum." — Professionally Speaking (Ontario College of Teache, April 2012

"While it may not have the same drama and tension of the first memoir, this tale provides a compelling and moving story of a girl searching for the strength to find her place in the world." — Jody Kopple, School Library Journal, December 2011

"Without being graphic or overwhelming, the Fentons recreate a tragic moment in Canadian history through the innocent reflections of a child...a must for any classroom library." — Canadian Teacher Magazine, May 2012

"This tale provides a compelling and moving story of a girl searching for the strength to find her place in the world. The writing is unpretentious and accessible and readers who enjoyed the first book will find this an interesting follow-up. Vivid paintings are a beautiful accompaniment to the storytelling. Photographs from Pokiak Fenton's own collection add important points of reference for readers looking to visualize the characters and the unique setting of the Arctic Circle. A welcome addition to biography collections." — Jody Kopple, School Library Journal, December 2011

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Recommended Ages: 9-13.

Guided Reading Level: Fountas and Pinnell U

Themes: biography; Inuit; Indigenous peoples; arctic; residential schools; identity; community; Canadian content; family; society; history; memoir.

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128 pages | 6.25" x 9.00"

 

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Avati: Discovering Arctic Ecology
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Inuit;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

The Arctic is not a barren, frigid landscape filled with only ice and snow. It is a complex ecosystem that contains many thriving habitats, each supported by dozens of ecological relationships between plants and animals.

From the many animals that live and hunt at the floe edge, to the hundreds of insects that abound on the summer tundra, this book gives a detailed bird's-eye view of the fascinating ways that animals, plants, and insects co-exist in the Arctic ecosystem.

Written by Mia Pelletier, a biologist and wilderness field researcher, and complete with a glossary to clearly explain biological terms to young readers, this book provides a sound informational basis to understanding the Arctic ecosystem in all its facets.

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"An ecologist who lives and works in Earth’s far, far north describes the changing seasons in the part of the world the Inuit call Nunavut—“our land.” Weaving together information about the land and water, plants and animals, Pelletier provides a clear depiction of an Arctic environment. Unlike some introductions to this part of the world, this account presents a full web of life. Her food chain begins with the tiny algae underneath the sea ice. From diatoms and amphipods to the fish, birds, insects and mammals that inhabit the land and the sea edges of this environment (avati in Inuit), she connects them to one another, to the plants of the brief summer and to the changing stages of ice. She doesn’t hesitate to introduce new vocabulary (defined in a concluding glossary), Inuit words (defined in context) and onomatopoetic sounds. What appear to be pencil-and-watercolor illustrations extend far across the gutters. Appropriately matched with the text, set in a column on the right-hand side of each spread, they reward careful inspection. Teachers and librarians may want to pair this useful title with A Walk on the Tundra, by Rebecca Hainnu and Anna Ziegler." - Kirkus Review

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45 pages | 10.25" x 8.25"

 

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How To Tell a Fable
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

A fable is a short story that teaches the reader a lesson. The characters in a fable are often animals that speak and act like humans. How To Tell a Fable is an engaging title that uses fables from around the world to help readers identify the conventions of this genre. Readers are guided through a series of writing tasks to learn how to incorporate these same conventions in their own writing.

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Reading Level: Gr. 3
Interest Level: Gr. 3-6
Guided Reading Level: P

This book is part of the Text Styles series. Myths, folktales, legends, and fables—each kind of story has a set of rules for its construction. This engaging new series shows young readers how to look at stories in a whole new way. Children will develop their reading comprehension and critical reading skills by learning to identify the characteristics of different literary genres, or styles, in stories from around the world. Writing guides show students how to create their own stories in each particular style. 

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32 pages | 7.80" x 9.80"

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How To Tell a Folktale
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

This exciting title introduces readers to the folktale genre. Readers will learn that folktales are often passed down and retold from generation to generation. Readers will discover the similarities and differences between folktales from around the world. The title also includes guided writing activities to help readers write their own folktales.

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Reading Level: Gr. 3
Interest Level: Gr. 3-6
Guided Reading Level: P

This book is part of the Text Styles series. Myths, folktales, legends, and fables—each kind of story has a set of rules for its construction. This engaging new series shows young readers how to look at stories in a whole new way. Children will develop their reading comprehension and critical reading skills by learning to identify the characteristics of different literary genres, or styles, in stories from around the world. Writing guides show students how to create their own stories in each particular style. 

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32 pages | 7.80" x 9.60"

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How To Tell a Myth
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

A myth is a story that attempts to explain a natural phenomena—such as how the world was created. Myths often include supernatural characters who have extraordinary powers. How To Tell a Myth is an engaging title that introduces readers to myths from around the world and highlights the common elements that make up this genre. Step-by-step instructions help readers create their own myths.

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Reading Level: Gr. 3
Interest Level: Gr. 3-6
Guided Reading Level: P

This book is part of the Text Styles series. Myths, folktales, legends, and fables—each kind of story has a set of rules for its construction. This engaging new series shows young readers how to look at stories in a whole new way. Children will develop their reading comprehension and critical reading skills by learning to identify the characteristics of different literary genres, or styles, in stories from around the world. Writing guides show students how to create their own stories in each particular style. 

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32 pages | 7.80" x 9.60"

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Molly's Promise
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 3; 4; 5; 6;

When Molly learns a talent competition is coming to town, her friend Murphy (A Different Game, Murphy and Mousetrap) becomes her manager. Molly is certain she is a good singer—she has been singing in her head for as long as she can remember. She doesn't sing out loud because of a promise she made to herself. Years ago, Molly vowed that her mom would be the first one to hear her sing. The only problem is, Molly knows nothing about her mom, who left when Molly was a baby. With the talent competition only weeks away, she has to decide whether to break her promise to herself and let her voice out into the world, or wait for her mother's uncertain return before singing for anyone else.

Reviews
"An elementary school audience [will be able to] relate to Molly's struggles...Recommended." — CM Magazine, February 2013

"In this small book with a lot of story packed into it, readers will enjoy the high drama...[and] relate to Molly’s uncertainty as she tries something completely new." — School Library Journal, May 2013

"An accessible, easy-to-read text with surprising depth...Deals quietly with issues like race, class, various kinds of sickness, and how families differ. The novel should generate lots of conversation in a class or reading group...A smart selection for anyone who has ever struggled with a secret or worried about being different. It's also an inspiring story of a girl who's learning to get along despite difficult circumstances. Many readers will identify with and enjoy Molly's story." — Resource Links, April 2013

Educator Information
Themes: singing, competition, friendship, family, absent parent.

Series Information
This book is part of the Orca Young Readers series, which are award-winning, bestselling chapter books for ages 8–11. Titles in this series include historical and contemporary stories with age-appropriate plots.

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136 pages | 5.00" x 7.50"

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Tales From the Big Spirit, The Land of Os: John Ramsay
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Format: Paperback
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6;

When Richard’s class from Big Spirit School takes a canoe trip, he and his classmates chance upon an elderly woman. She tells them the story of her grandfather, John Ramsay, of the Sandy Bar community on Lake Winnipeg. Ramsay’s land was taken by the government and given to the new settlers from Iceland who arrived there in 1875. Yet many owed their survival to Ramsay, who helped them through freezing winters, hunger, and a devastating smallpox epidemic.

The Land of Os is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. Tales from Big Spirit is a unique six-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of six great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history—some already well known and others who deserve to be. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills. The series also includes:

The Scout: Tommy Prince, a decorated Aboriginal war hero, and his exploits on the European battlefields of the Second World War.

The Peacemaker: Thanadelthur, a young Dene woman enslaved by the Cree, who becomes a guide for the Hudson Bay Company. In 1715 she negotiated a peace between longstanding enemies, the Cree and Dene.

The Rebel: Gabriel Dumont, his role in the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, and the Metis of Batoche.

The Ballad of Nancy April: Shawnadithit, the last remaining member of the Beothuk people of Newfoundland.

The Poet: Pauline Johnson, born on the Six Nations Reserve, who wrote and performed her work throughout North America, and was a pioneer of Canadian literature.

Tales from the Big Spirit Series Teacher's Guide -
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The teacher's guide is designed to help classroom teacher's use the graphic novel series, Tales From Big Spirit, by David Alexander Robertson. The guide provides detailed lessons that meet a wide range of language arts and social studies goals, integrate Indigenous perspectives, and make curricular content more accessible to diverse learners.

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The Cedar Club Forest Detectives
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The Cedar Club Forest Detectives introduces readers to the fabulous rainforests of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the forest. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil forest life, First Nations’ uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the forest. By the end of the book, Andrew, Karen and Nick want to help care for the forest. They find a way.

The Nature Detective Series is a set of five books and five teacher’s guides, developed specifically to address learning outcomes in the new national science curriculum, it is an essential addition to your classes grade collection.

Written by award winning BC author, Diane Swanson, the Nature Detectives Series tells the stories of groups of adventurous nature detectives as they discover the life in five different ecosystems; westcoast rainforest, seashore, wetland, grassland and river. These enjoyable books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which science and language arts can be extended across the curriculum.

The books also present examples of fossil life, traditional First Nations uses of ecosystems and the ways people harm and help the environment. Teacher’s Guide available.

Table of Contents

Each text includes:
• an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
• how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
• how plants and animals interact with each other
• an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
• a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
• a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
• information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each ecosystem
• glossary and index

48 pp, full color illustrations, glossary, index

Level: Grades 3-4

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The Gibson Park Grassland Detectives
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 4;

The Gibson Park Grasslands Detectives introduces readers to the great grasslands of British Columbia and the Pacific-Northwest. It shows how plants and animals interact and adapt themselves to the grassland. It shows how living things depend on non-living things, such as water, light and soil. The book also presents examples of fossil grassland life, First Nations’ uses of forests and the ways people harm-and help-the grassland. By the end of the book, Lynn, Mike and Christie want to help care for the grassland. They find a way.

The Nature Detective Series is a set of five books and five teacher’s guides, developed specifically to address learning outcomes in the new national science curriculum, is an essential addition to your classes grade collection.

Written by award winning BC author, Diane Swanson, the Nature Detectives Series tells the stories of groups of adventurous nature detectives as they discover the life in five different ecosystems; westcoast rainforest, seashore, wetland, grassland and river. These enjoyable books provide primary teachers with a language-based resource from which science and language arts can be extended across the curriculum.

The books also present examples of fossil life, traditional First Nations uses of ecosystems and the ways people harm and help the environment. Teacher’s Guide available.

Table of Contents

Each text includes:
• an examination of the diversity of plants and animals
• how plants and animals have adapted themselves to their environment
• how plants and animals interact with each other
• an examination of the life cycles of specific plants and animals
• a comparison of fossils with plants and animals
• a look at the causes and effects of extinction and endangerment of plants and animals
• information about First Nations’ use of plants and animals in each
• ecosystem
• glossary and index

48 pp, full color illustrations, glossary, index

Level: Grades 3-4

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