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Colin's Choice
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Colin Hill is a young man faced with many choices. He is being pressured into a career choice that doesn’t feel right to him, and he is in love with someone who is not ready to fully return that love. Most difficult of all, Colin must choose to revisit his past – the painful past he has tried so hard to forget.

But young Bobby Peters is missing. Evil from the past overshadows the old cabin, and Colin fears they may already be too late.

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Deep Waters
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

On duty in the emergency room, third-year nursing student, Sarah Jones is saddened by the death of an intoxicated patient. However, when the stranger’s identity is revealed, Sarah’s sorrow turns to devastated shock. Overwhelmed by what she has learned, Sarah flees to the remote Ojibway community of Rabbit Lake, to seek solace from her childhood friend, Ojibway police officer, Coin Hill.

Journey with Sarah and Colin through Deep Waters – a moving story about choices, loss, betrayal and tragedy, and the redemptive power of God’s love.

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Dragonfly Song
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Format: Hardcover
Grade Levels: 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

The girl has had many selves in her short life. The first she remembers is Aissa, the daughter of Mama and Dada, sister to Zufi who watched the goats. Then the Bull King's raiders came, and Mama said, "Don't make a sound till I come back." And when the villagers found her she was silent as stone, because Mama never came back again.

So the villagers cursed her as back luck and made her No-Name, lowest of the servants to the Lady, the island's priestess. But there were whispers, as she grew, of another self: of the Lady's rejected first daughter, born imperfect with two extra thumbs. The silent girl looks at the scars on her wrists and wonders, but she has more pressing concerns. The villagers blame her bad luck for the tribute the Bull King now demands of them: two youths given each spring to dance with his bulls and die for his god's glory. And the servants hate and fear the unnatural way the animals all come to her. For Aissa, though, this bond with creatures of fur and scale is the first clue in finding the true self that no one else can give to her, or take away.

Wendy Orr, the author of Nim's Island, introduces a resourceful and resilient heroine for slightly older readers. Inspired by an archeological trip to the island of Crete, where frescoes show figures leaping over the backs of bulls, Orr weaves an intriguing mythological portrayal of the Bronze Age Minoan civilization. Lyrically written and refreshingly unpredictable, Dragonfly Song suggests a fascinating origin for the legend of the Minotaur and his dark tribute.

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"Orr tells her tale in both narrative poetry and prose for an effect that is both fanciful and urgent, drawing a rich fantasy landscape filled with people and creatures worthy of knowing. An introductory note describes Orr's inspiration in the legend of the Minotaur, but her story is no retelling but a meditation on rejection and acceptance, on determination and self-determination. The shifts between poetry and prose build tension just as surely as the bull dances do. As mesmerizing as a mermaid's kiss, the story dances with emotion, fire, and promise."—Kirkus Reviews Starred Review

"The Bronze Age setting makes for a unique backdrop, and Aissa is a sympathetic character. Her struggles are heartrending, and made more so by the lyrical storytelling style. The descriptions of the dances are especially vivid. VERDICT: Hand-sell this unusual tale to fans of Shannon Hale's historical fantasies."—School Library Journal

"A retelling of the legend of the Minotaur, Orr tells Aissa's tale in a lyrical mix of narrative poetry and prose, using lush, vivid language to create an unparalleled fantasy world full of life and lively characters. While young readers with a special interest in history will immediately be drawn into this meticulously researched, literary story, its fast-paced, adventurous, epic feel will undoubtedly appeal to all readers."—Booklist

"The narrative style shifts between straightforward, lyrical prose and imagistic free-verse poetry, a technique that infuses the story with a dreamlike atmosphere. Both forms advance the action, but the poetry enhances the sense of intimacy by focusing attention on Aissa's impressionistic views of the world and her sense of isolation among the people who fear, bully, and reject her. Her ultimate triumph is credibly compromised, making this an unusually thoughtful offering in the middle-school mythology genre."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"[A] work of beauty. From the stunning cover to the mythological imagery and lyrical prose, readers are drawn in and carried along on an intense ride....Orr's language is gripping and enchanting, and Dragonfly Song would make a perfect read-aloud chapter book for middle grade teachers. While the academic cross-curricular subject areas are obvious, including history, mythology, religion, spirituality, even bullying, I enjoyed this story simply as a pleasure read. Readers will find that Dragonfly Song and its fearless heroine will stick with them long after the final chapter. Highly Recommended."—CM Magazine

"Dragonfly Song is an impressive work of middle-grade historical fiction. Aissa is a brave, tenacious girl, who rebels against the constraints of her life without appearing anachronistic. There isn't a lot of young people's fiction set in the Bronze Age, and the details here are lovingly researched, creating a transportive world. Especially noteworthy is the representation of religion in a pre-Christian setting, as the book explores both its beauty and brutality."—Quill & Quire

"[Dragonfly Song] was very original and creative....I also like that the book was partially written in poetry and partially written in prose. Books are usually one or the other, so I like how the author wove them together. I love how this story was very detailed, as I could picture almost everything. Overall, Dragonfly Song was an amazing book."—Farrah, Age 11, Kids' BookBuzz

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Recommended Ages: 10-14

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408 pages | 5.50" x 7.80"

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First Nations Christian Writers, Volume 1
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;
Grade Levels: 12; University/College;

First Nations Christian Writers is a rich smorgasbord of writing styles and genres reflecting the diversity of writers from as far south as Point Pelee, Ontario and as far north as Cross Lake, Manitoba. You’ll find a variety of ages: from a fourteen-year-old student to a seventy-nine-year old retiree. Genres represented also cover a wide range including poetry, essay, devotional, biography, and life story. All speak of the hope and healing which can be found in Jesus.

Authenticity Note: Because of the contributions from Indigenous writers, this work has received the Authentic Indigenous Text label.

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Jessie's Secret
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Jessie Rodreguiz has traveled over two thousand miles deep into the heart of the Canadian wilderness to attend her brother, David’s wedding. She knew he was involved in some kind of undercover job up there but as Jessie learns more, she is at first intrigued and then appalled at the ramifications of his work. But Jessie has a secret of her own, one she is not willing to share with anyone, least of all, her brother David.

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Little Athapapuskow: A Metis Love Story
Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; Métis;
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12; University/College;

Little Athapapuskow is collection of poems named after a lake Guy Freedman grew up on near Flin Flon, Manitoba. They represent his efforts to challenge Catholicism and its complicity with the Confederation project, which dismantled the New Nation developing in the Canadian Northwest. The poems are organized into three parts—past, present, and future—and they address the inter-generational impacts of the Church on his family in relation to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. This book is his love song to his home and to his country.

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Recommended resource for Grades 10-12 English Language Arts and Social Studies.

Contains poems about the history of the Metis people, family, love, celebration of culture, colonialism, religion, violence.

Caution: Some poems contain strong language and mature subject matter, such as discussions of violence, alcoholism, and sexuality.

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86 pages | 7.25" x 5.75 " 

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Rachel's Children
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Jenny Wilson, an investigative reporter, finds more than she bargained for: Jeff Peters, the man who had mysteriously disappeared from her life three years before; Missy, the child she thought was dead; and a story that could make headlines across the world.

But if Jenny publishes what she knows, Jeff may be sent to prison; Missy could lose her father; and Jenny will have betrayed her new friends. It is a choice that only she can make.

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Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions
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Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous;
Grade Levels: 4; 5; 6; 7; 8; 9;

This comprehensive collection of timeless and powerful stories puts the wisdom of world religions in the hands of young readers.

When attempting to find a simple, engaging, and unbiased approach to world religions for her own family, Marilyn McFarlane discovered such a book did not exist. Understanding how important it is for children to build both respect for and knowledge of a variety of religions, regardless of their own faith, McFarlane created Sacred Stories: Wisdom from World Religions.

Each captivating story and accompanying sidebar facts and spot illustrations brings to life the key tenets of a particular belief system, while the comprehensive glossary and resource list enable readers to expand their explorations. Including easy-to-understand descriptions and essential stories from Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, Native American, and Sacred Earth, Sacred Stories is perfect for parents and teachers who want to expand young readers’ understanding of world traditions.

The simple, informative, unbiased language of Sacred Stories, combined with its comprehensive resource list and glossary, makes it an ideal learning tool for teachers, librarians, and other educators.

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The Group Series # 1: Jasmine
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Jasmine marks the beginning of a new series by M. D. Meyer, one that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional First Nations community of Rabbit Lake. The first step in the healing journey is to courageously “face the problem.”

Jasmine Peters is doing everything in her power to avoid talking about, or dealing with, what happened to her. But when the past interfaces with the future, Jasmine not only puts herself at risk but also endangers the life of newly commissioned RCMP constable, Andrew Martin.

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The Group Series # 2: Lewis
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Lewis is the second book in a series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional First Nations community of Rabbit Lake. The second step in the healing journey is to “tell our story” to a trustworthy friend or counselor.

Lewis Littledeer struggles alone as a single father, unable to understand why his wife, Starla, has left him again to sell her body and soul on the streets of Winnipeg as a sex trade worker. What is it that keeps driving her away from a loving husband and the care and support of her home community?

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The Group Series # 3: Joshua
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Joshua is the third book in the series “The Group” by award-winning author, M. D. Meyer. When Joshua’s abusive older brother shows up on his doorstep, Joshua’s first instinct is to send him away. But Bryan is dying of AIDS and is looking for someone to assume custody of his eight-year-old daughter, Cynarra. Joshua must choose to accept – or reject – them both.

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The Group Series # 4: Missy
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Missy is the fourth book in the award-winning series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional Frist Nations community of Rabbit Lake. The fourth step in the healing journey is to “confront the abuser.”

Missy can see the damaging effects of Yvonne’s verbal abuse on Joshua, but is helpless to stop the vicious stabbing and hacking away at her husband’s self-worth. It is Joshua who must find the strength to confront the aunt whom he has cowered from all his life. But when verbal abuse escalates into attempted murder and kidnapping, Missy knows that somehow, some way, Yvonne’s reign of terror must end!

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The Group Series #5: Starla
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations; Anishinaabeg; Ojibway;

Starla is the fifth book in a series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional First Nations community of Rabbit Lake. The fifth step in the healing journey is to “leave room for God’s vengeance – and His mercy.”

Only days after she solemnly promised never to leave him again, Starla Littledeer once again abandons her husband, Lewis, and her baby daughter, Karissa. This time, Lewis and the community of Rabbit Lake, are not so willing to take her back, and they cannot so easily forgive Starla's infidelity.

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The Group Series #6: Eric
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

Eric Fenelli, the owner/operator of a high-end escort service, doesn’t see anything wrong with his life choices – until he comes face-to-face with his own mortality and is forced to contemplate his life beyond the grave.

Eric is the sixth book in a series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional community of Rabbit Lake. The sixth step in the healing journey is to “see ourselves as God sees us.”

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The Group Series #7: Keegan
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Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian; First Nations;

The last book in "The Group" series is now available!

Keegan is the seventh book in a series that chronicles the healing journey of seven young people in the fictional community of Rabbit Lake.

Keegan Littledeer, the assistant police chief of Rabbit Lake, wonders if the long hours and danger he faces every day as a police officer is taking too much of a toll on his young family.

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