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Children's Fiction Native American


by (author) Pamela Porter

illustrated by Mary Jane Gerber

Groundwood Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Aug 2004
Native American, Horses, Multigenerational
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Aug 2004
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
  • Reading age: 8 to 12


This moving book, written in the haunting voice of a young child, is based on true stories told to the author by her friend Georgia Salois, a Metis whose people lived with the Blackfeet Nation in Montana. Sky focuses not only on the events of the historic flood of 1964 and its effects on Georgia and her people, but also on the poverty and discrimination that they experienced and how they found the courage to survive.

About the authors

Pamela Porter was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and she lived in New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Washington and Montana before emigrating to Canada with her husband, the fourth generation of a farm family in southeastern Saskatchewan, the backdrop for much of Pamela's work. She is the author of three collections of poetry, and her poems have appeared in numerous journals across Canada and the US as well as being featured on Garrison Keillor's The Writer's Almanac. She is also the author of a number of children’s books, including Sky and Yellow Moon, Apple Moon (illustrated by Matt James).


Pamela's first novel in verse, The Crazy Man, received the TD Children's Literature Award, the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year Award for Children, the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People and the Governor General's Award, as well as several children's choice awards. It was also named a Jane Addams Foundation Honor Book and won the Texas Institute of Letters, Friends of the Austin Public Library Award for Best Young Adult Book.


Pamela lives near Sidney, B.C., with her husband, children and a menagerie of rescued horses, dogs and cats.

Pamela Porter's profile page

Mary Jane Gerber has illustrated several books for children, including A Gift for Ampato by Susan Vande Griek and House Calls by Ainslie Manson. She lives in Orangeville, Ontario.

Mary Jane Gerber's profile page


  • Long-listed, Chocolate Lily Award
  • Commended, Cooperative Children's Book Center Choice - Best of the List

Editorial Reviews

...readers will [be] won over by Georgia's forthright personality and fresh, first-person voice.

Horn Book

This simple tale elegantly showcases a girl's story of triumph over adversity.

School Library Journal

...perfect for reading aloud.

Book Links

[Georgia's] direct honest voice, distinguished by grammatical quirks true to her age and upbringing, wins us over and draws us into a tale that is interesting, accessible and wonderfully revealing. An outstanding work for readers grades two to four.

Toronto Star

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