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Children's Fiction Boys & Men

Finders Keepers

by (author) Andrea Spalding

Publisher
Dundurn Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2006
Category
Boys & Men, General, Native Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780888783592
    Publish Date
    Sep 2006
    List Price
    $8.95
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781459737525
    Publish Date
    Jan 2017
    List Price
    $14.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781554885343
    Publish Date
    Jun 2008
    List Price
    $8.99
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781459703056
    Publish Date
    Jun 2008
    List Price
    $11.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4
  • Reading age: 9 to 12

Description

Short-listed for the Sheila A. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature, 1996, the Violet Downey IODE Book Award, 1996 and the Silver Birch Award, 1997
While walking through a neighbourhood field in Alberta, Danny finds an 8,000-year-old arrowhead. His friend Joshua, who lives on the Peigan reserve at Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, joins him on buffalo hunts, powwows, archaeological digs, and a break-in at the local museum. In the process Danny learns about history and gains the self-confidence to overcome dyslexia.

About the author

Andrea Spalding is a prolific writer for children.
Born in the industrial city of Manchester England, she trained as a teacher. Then, with husband David, Andrea immigrated to Canada in 1967. After living in Alberta for 24 years, Andrea and David relocated to British Columbia and live on Pender Island, one of Canada's Southern Gulf Islands.
Canadian life proved to be rich and varied. Curiosity about her chosen country compelled Andrea to listen to other Canadian immigrants who shared tales that later became her folktale book, A World of Stories.
A love of the outdoors prompted her and David to take their family and travel quintessential Canada. They've skated on frozen lakes, worked on dinosaur digs, and panned for Yukon gold. Andrea has whale-watched on both coasts, enjoyed vineyards and theatre festivals on the Niagara Peninsula, and tapped her feet in Toronto jazz clubs. A highlight West Coast experience was assisting in the carving an Aboriginal Honour Pole with Tsimshian master carver Victor Reece. These experiences provided background for her stories.
Andrea's first children's book, The Most Beautiful Kite In The World, was selected as a Canadian Children's Book Center's "Our Choice." She has garnered awards and nominations ever since. Her fantasy novels - The Summer of Magic Quartet - are avidly read by both children and adults. Her picturebook, Secret of the Dance, is her 30th. Written with Aboriginal Elder Alfred Scow, it has gained accolades from both the aboriginal and white communities.
Andrea gives school presentations across the country, and also teaches writing workshops, and in-service presentations to teachers, librarians, and any one interested in her passion for Children's Literature.

Visit Andrea's website at www.andreaspalding.com.

Andrea Spalding's profile page

Awards

  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award
  • Short-listed, Violet Downey IODE Book Award
  • Short-listed, Sheila A. Egoff Award for Children’s Literature

Editorial Reviews

"I think all kids would like the book as it shows how different people can get along, how we can all respect our culture and sacred items, how we can save things from the past to help us all learn of our heritages and how children can also help preserve our past. This book is both exciting and informative ... I would rate Finders Keepers a five - that's a wow."

Anastasia age 10, Shuswap Market News

Librarian Reviews

Finders Keepers

Danny Budzynski is a failure at school and the butt of his classmates’ Ukrainian jokes. When he finds an Indian lance head and meets Joshua Brokenhorn and his grandfather, life takes a turn for the better. As Danny learns more about the Peigan nation and the history of Head Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, he also learns ways to stand up for himself and his friend. With the help of a university researcher, Danny also comes to understand his learning disability and work toward ways to compensate for it.

This is a second edition of this Canadian Children’s Book Centre Choice that was previously published in 1995. Some of the information, such as use of computers and calculators, is dated.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2008-2009.

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