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Dear Canada: Hoping for Home

Stories of Arrival

by Kit Pearson; Ruby Slipperjack; Jean Little; Shelley Tanaka; Paul Yee; Irene N.Watts; Rukhsana Khan; Brian Doyle & Afua Cooper

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In these eleven original stories, characters bravely face the challenges of settling into a new life.

In this wonderful new short story anthology, eleven of Canada's top children's authors contribute stories of immigration, displacement and change, exploring the frustration and uncertainty those changes can bring. Told in first-person narratives, this collection features a diverse cast of boys and girls, each one living at a different point in Canada's vast landscape and history.

With unforgettable protagonists - such as Miriam, a Warsaw-ghetto survivor, now reunited with her family in Montreal; Wong Joe-on, a young Chinese immigrant who faces racism in a small Saskatchewan town; and Insy, an Ojibwe girl who makes her first trip to a "white" town in Northern Ontario - young readers will be moved by the opportunities and difficulties that these characters face, as each one ponders what it means to be Canadian, and struggles to fit in.

Hoping for Home includes stories by Jean Little, Kit Pearson, Brian Dowle, Paul Yee, Irene N. Watts, Ruby Slipperjack, Afua Cooper, Rukhsana Khan, Marie-Andrée Clermont, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz and Shelley Tanaka.

About the Authors
Kit Pearson est née à Edmonton, en Alberta. Elle a grandi à Edmonton, puis à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Après avoir fréquenté l’Université de l’Alberta et l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, Kit a travaillé pendant dix ans en Ontario et en Colombie-Britannique comme bibliothécaire pour enfants. Elle a eu envie d’écrire pour les enfants après avoir fréquenté le Centre d’études sur la littérature pour enfants du collège Simmons, à Boston, au Massachusetts. Ses livres ont été publiés dans plusieurs pays et ont remporté de nombreux prix, incluant le prix du Gouverneur général et le prix d’excellence littéraire du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Colombie-Britannique. Elle habite à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, avec sa partenaire Katherine Farris et leurs deux chiens, Piper et Brio.
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Kit Pearson est née à Edmonton, en Alberta. Elle a grandi à Edmonton, puis à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique. Après avoir fréquenté l’Université de l’Alberta et l’Université de la Colombie-Britannique, Kit a travaillé pendant dix ans en Ontario et en Colombie-Britannique comme bibliothécaire pour enfants. Elle a eu envie d’écrire pour les enfants après avoir fréquenté le Centre d’études sur la littérature pour enfants du collège Simmons, à Boston, au Massachusetts. Ses livres ont été publiés dans plusieurs pays et ont remporté de nombreux prix, incluant le prix du Gouverneur général et le prix d’excellence littéraire du lieutenant-gouverneur de la Colombie-Britannique. Elle habite à Victoria, en Colombie-Britannique, avec sa partenaire Katherine Farris et leurs deux chiens, Piper et Brio.
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Born in Taiwan, celebrated children's author Jean Little grew up in Ontario and graduated from the University of Toronto with an honors degree in English. A member of the Order of Canada, Little has received six honorary degrees and was awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Her books have been translated into a dozen languages and have won numerous awards, including a Canada Council Children's Literature Award (now known as the Governor General's Literary Award, a CLA Book of the Year, the Little, Brown Children's Book Award, the Vicky Metcalf Award and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award.
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Shelley Tanaka is an award-winning author, translator and editor. She has written more than twenty books for children and young adults, winning the Orbis Pictus Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Science in Society Book Award and the Information Book Award, and she has twice been nominated for the Deutsche Jugendliteraturpreis. Other honors include Texas Blue Bonnet runner-up, School Library Journal Best Books, ALA Notables and IRA Young Adults’ Choice. Her translation of Michel Noel’s Good for Nothing won the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and was on the IBBY Honor List (Commended). Shelley teaches at Vermont College of Fine Arts, in the MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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PAUL YEE is a writer and archivist who grew up around Vancouver's Chinatown and is now living in Toronto. He has written many stories and has won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, the IODE Book Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Prize. In 2012, he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature for over 30 years documenting the Chinese Canadian experience from its early days to the present.

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PAUL YEE is a writer and archivist who grew up around Vancouver's Chinatown and is now living in Toronto. He has written many stories and has won the Ruth Schwartz Children's Book Award, the IODE Book Award and the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Prize. In 2012, he won the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children's Literature for over 30 years documenting the Chinese Canadian experience from its early days to the present.

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Rukhsana Khan is an award-winning author and storyteller. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she is an expert on books with international and Muslim themes. She has presented at schools and communities across Canada and the US, as well as at the 2006 ALA Conference in New Orleans and the 2008 IBBY Congress in Denmark. Her book, Wanting Mor won the Middle East Book Award. Rukhsana lives in Toronto with her family.
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Brian Doyle is a four-time winner of the Canadian Library Association's Book of the Year for Children Award. His American honors include being selected for the Horn Book's Fanfare List, the ABA "Pick of the Lists" and the New York Public Library's Best Books for the Teen Age. He has also won the NSK Neustadt Prize, the Phoenix Honor Award, and he has been named a finalist for the Hans Christian Anderson Award. He lives in Chelsea, Quebec.
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A celebrated poet, Afua Cooper was recently installed as Halifax’s seventh Poet Laureate. She is the author of five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems and two novels, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal, and My Name is Phillis Wheatley. She has also recorded two poetry CDs, including the forthcoming Love and Revolution. A founder of the Canadian Dub poetry movement, Afua Cooper was instrumental in organizing between 2004 and 2009, three international dub poetry festivals.

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Contributor Notes

Hoping for Home includes stories by Jean Little, Kit Pearson, Brian Doyle, Paul Yee, Irene N. Watts, Ruby Slipperjack, Afua Cooper, Rukhsana Khan, Marie-Andrée Clermont, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz and Shelley Tanaka.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7

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Hoping for Home: Stories of Survival (Dear Canada)

The theme of arrival — whether through immigration, displacement, change or new experiences — is explored by boys and girls who bravely faced the challenges of settling into a new life. In these 11 original stories, set at various points in Canada’s vast landscape and history, we hear from some of Canada’s most renowned authors.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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