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Canadian Indigenous Books for Schools 2018/19

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The Association of Book Publishers of BC produce school catalogues for educators, library wholesalers, and retailers working in the K-12 educational field. Titles have been selected from publisher submissions by teacher-librarians. These titles have been chosen for their relevance to school curricula and in the catalogue are annotated by professional evaluators.
Being Ts'elxwéyeqw

Being Ts'elxwéyeqw

First Peoples' Voices and History from the Chilliwack-Fraser Valley, British Columbia
edition:Hardcover

The traditional territory of the Ts'elxwéyeqw First Nation covers over 95,000 hectares of land in Southwestern BC. It extends throughout the central Fraser Valley, encompassing the entire Chilliwack River Valley (including Chilliwack Lake, Chilliwack River, Cultus Lake and areas, and parts of the Chilliwack municipal areas). In addition to being an area of natural beauty and abundant resources, it also has a rich cultural history. The Chilliwack region gets its name from the Ts’elxwéyeqw tri …

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“Our stories identify for us the land which surrounds us and tie us to our ancestors. We find ourselves inextricably linked to the past, to the land, to the river, to each other, to the future.”

—Shirley Hardman, contributor

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Black Chuck

Black Chuck

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Psycho. Sick. Dangerous. Réal Dufresne's reputation precedes him. When the mangled body of his best friend, Shaun, turns up in a field just east of town, tough-as-hell Réal blames himself. But except for the nightmares, all Ré remembers is beating the living crap out of Shaun the night of his death.

Shaun's girlfriend, sixteen-year-old Evie Hawley, keeps her feelings locked up tight. But now she's pregnant, and the father of her baby is dead. And when Réal looks to her to atone for his si …

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Blackbird Song

Blackbird Song

edition:eBook
also available: Paperback Paperback

Drawing deeply from his Cree ancestors and equally from European and Asian traditions, Randy Lundy offers an exquisite series of meditations on memory, evanescence, and the land. This is the mind of prayer, a seeing and re-seeing of the immense cyclic beauty of the earth.

“What meditative power there is in Blackbird Song, what pure acts of attention and remembrance.”—Don McKay, author of Strike/Slip

“Lundy’s poems carry the immediacy and radiance and intelligence of the lived world itsel …

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The Break

The Break

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

2017 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Literature Finalist

Winner, Amazon.ca First Novel Award

Winner, Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction

Winner, Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award

Winner, McNally Robinson Book of the Year

A Canada Reads 2017 finalist

National Bestseller

2016 Governor General’s Literary Award Finalist

2016 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize Finalist

National Post 99 Best Books of the Year

CBC Best Canadian Debut Novels 2016

Globe and Mail Best 100 Books of 2016

Quill & Qu …

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Clouds

Clouds

by Lucy Haché
illustrated by Michael Joyal
edition:Paperback

Where forest and sea meet beneath an ever-changing sky.

In this brave first book, Lucy Haché transports the reader with her personal revelations on self-awareness and identity. Through skilled restraint and beautifully astute description, Haché's prose reaches past her own contemplation to connect us all.

Masterfully illustrated by artist Michael Joyal, his stunning and meteorologically accurate cloud drawings contribute to the overall sensory and transcendent experience.

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Coyote Tales

Coyote Tales

edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook

Two tales, set in a time “when animals and human beings still talked to each other,” display Thomas King’s cheeky humor and master storytelling skills. Freshly illustrated and reissued as an early chapter book, these stories are perfect for newly independent readers.

In Coyote Sings to the Moon, Coyote is at first the cause of misfortune. In those days, when the moon was much brighter and closer to the earth, Old Woman and the animals would sing to her each night. Coyote attempts to join th …

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Excerpt from Coyote Sings to the Moon:

One evening, Coyote hears Old Woman and the animals singing to the moon.

“Pardon me,” says Coyote, smiling his Coyote smile. “Exactly what are you doing?”

“We’re singing to the moon,” says Old Woman.

“Well,” says Coyote, taking out his comb and brushing his coat, checking his teeth with his tongue, and wiping his nose on his arm. “What you need is a good tenor.”

“No! No!” shout all the animals. “You have a terrible singing voice!”

“Yes,” says Old Woman. “Your voice could scare Moon away.”

“Hummph,” says Coyote, whose feelings are hurt. “Why would anyone want to sing to Moon, anyway?”

Excerpt from Coyote’s New Suit:

Just then Bear came out of the woods, all hot and sweaty. She took off her bear suit, folded it up neatly and left it on a large, flat rock.

“Wheeeeeee!” she shouted as she hopped into the pond. She waved her arms and kicked her legs and splashed water all over the place.

“Now that’s a suit,” said Raven, eyeing Bear’s suit as it lay on the rock. “I don’t believe I’ve seen a suit like that in my entire life.” And she flew away.

But she didn’t go far.

“Hummmph!” grumped Coyote. “What does Raven know about fashion?”

But he had to admit that Bear’s suit did look substantial. When no one was looking, he tiptoed over and held the suit up to the light, rubbing his nose in the thick fur.

“It’s not as classy as my suit, but it certainly is impressive.”

Then Coyote had an idea. It wasn’t a good idea, but then most of Coyote’s ideas weren’t.

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A Day With Yayah

A Day With Yayah

by Nicola Campbell
illustrated by Julie Flett
edition:Hardcover

Set in the Okanagon, BC, a First Nations family goes on an outing to forage for herbs and mushrooms. Grandmother passes down her knowledge of plant life to her young grandchildren.

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Death by Dinosaur

Death by Dinosaur

A Sam Stellar Mystery
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook

Fourteen-year-old Sam Stellar and her cousin Paige have decided to spend the summer working at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology in Drumheller, Alberta, as part of the Summer Studies and Work Experience Program. While not the ideal scenario for a summer vacation, both girls try to make the best of it: Paige, a whiz with the computers in the IT department, has one eye on her work and the other on the adorable assistant helping out in the museum, while Sam, a wannabe detective (who has stu …

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