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Sunflower's Story

by Sunflower Paul, illustrated by Chloe "Bluebrird" Mustooche
edition: Paperback
  • age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, blended families, cultural heritage

A personal account of a young Indigenous girl who experiences intolerance, a sense of not belonging and family struggles. She learns from her grandfather the traditional ways of ceremony and fasting to go beyond the needs of the body to where she begins to know her higher self.

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I Will See You Again

by (artist) Lisa Boivin
edition: eBook
  • age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
tagged: aboriginal & indigenous, inspirational & personal growth, siblings, cultural heritage, death & dying

When the author learns of the death of her brother overseas, she embarks on a journey to bring him home. Through memories and dreams of all they shared together and through her Dene traditions, she finds comfort and strength.

The lyrical art and story leave readers with a universal message of hope and love.

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This Star Won't Go Out

The Life and Words of Esther Grace Earl

by Esther Earl, read by Lori Earl; Wayne Earl; John Green; Cristina Panfilio; Nick Podehl; Amy McFadden; Luke Daniels; Joyce Bean; Kate Rudd & Tanya Eby
  • age: 12 to 14
  • Grade: 7 to 9
tagged: literary, multigenerational, death & dying

A collection of the journals, fiction, and letters of the late Esther Grace Earl, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 16. Essays by family and friends will help to tell Esther’s story along with an introduction by award-winning author John Green who dedicated his #1 bestselling novel The Fault in Our Stars to her.

 

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Oak Island Family

The Restall Hunt for Buried Treasure

by Lee Lamb
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
  • age: 12 to 15
  • Grade: 7 to 10
tagged: canada, multigenerational

For 200 years people have sought the treasure buried on Oak Island on Canada’s East Coast. Bob Restall got his chance, but it ended in tragedy.

A fabulous treasure lies buried deep within an island on Canada’s East Coast. Or so they say. For more than 200 years, treasure-hunters have come to Oak Island, spent fortunes, worked long and hard, an …

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My Name is Number 4

by Ting-Xing Ye
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 7 to 12
tagged: cultural heritage, historical, siblings

A powerful and passionate memoir for young readers, Ting-xing Ye tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.

When Ting-xing Ye was born her aunt declared, “Ah Si shi ge lao lu ming” – Number Four will have a difficult life – for the signs were unlucky. Events soon bore out this …

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My Life in a Kwagu'l Big House

by Diane Jacobson
edition: Paperback
  • age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 8 to 12
tagged: general (see also headings under social topics), cultural heritage, aboriginal & indigenous

Honey Jacobson considered herself lucky to live in the last semi-traditional big house of the Kwagu'l people: a four-storey house filled with a loving extended family of cousins, uncles, aunts and the patriarch and matriarch of the household, Grandpa Moses and Granny Axu. While new smaller houses were spreading throughout her community, Honey real …

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