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Children's Fiction Orphans & Foster Homes


by (author) Mary-Ellen Lang Collura

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Nov 2014
Orphans & Foster Homes, Adolescence, Native Canadian
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2014
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 12
  • Grade: 4 to 7


After losing his parents and suffering through eleven foster homes in eight yeas, fifteen-year old Jordy Threebears returns to the Ash Creek Blackfoot Reserve to live with a grandfather he hardly knows. For Jordy, the years of resentment and anger prove difficult to overcome until he receives the gift of a wild mare. With his horse Siksika, Jordy gains a companion as well as the determination to beat the odds. But Fred Brady's unexplainable hatred of Jordy threatens the boy's chance for happiness.

About the author


Mary-Ellen Lang Collura is a part-time English teacher. She lives on a farm near Parksville, British Columbia, with her husband and sons and an assortment of animals including horses, goats and a pony.


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Editorial Reviews

"This title can go right to the top of the list of good short books. There's plenty of action, well-rounded Native American characters (although the non-Indians are a little less clearly drawn), vivid depiction of the setting, and the text is as spare and tautly-strung as a prairie pony." —School Library Journal