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published: Oct 2011
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ISBN:9781926920306
publisher: Second Story Press

Shannen and the Dream for a School

by Janet Wilson

tagged: politics & government, native canadian, social activists, native american
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3 ratings
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list price: $14.95
edition:Paperback
also available: eBook Audiobook
published: Oct 2011
pages: 208
ISBN:9781926920306
publisher: Second Story Press
Description

The true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation, a Northern Cree community, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979 when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building. Shannen's fight took her all the way to Parliament Hill and was taken up by children around the world. Shannen’s dream continues today with the work of the Shannen's Dream organization and those everywhere who are fighting for the rights of Aboriginal children.

About the Author
Janet Wilson is an author and fine artist. Her book Shannen and the Dream for a School won the First Nation Communities Read award, was nominated for the Silver Birch Award, and is soon to be a TV movie. Her picture book, Our Earth: How kids are saving the planet, was the winner of the Science in Society Book Award. Janet lives in Eden Mills, Ontario, a community with a strong environmental focus.
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Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
9 to 13
Grade:
5 to 8
Awards
  • Short-listed, Rocky Mountain Book Award
  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award
  • Short-listed, Red Cedar Award
  • Winner, First Nation Communities Read
  • Short-listed, ForeWord Book of the Year Award
Editorial Reviews

This book should be mandatory reading material for middle school students. It is a gentle introduction to the way in which Canada has failed to live up to its treaty obligations.

— Another Step to Take blog

The many non-fiction text features (photographs, captions, quotes, excerpts from newspaper articles, maps, diagrams, fact boxes, a timeline, glossary) plus a lively writing style make this an accessible book for a variety of young readers.

— Canadian Teacher Magazine

Shannen was truly a young lady to be admired and emulated.

— Good News Toronto

Janet Wilson has written a powerful account of the true story of one Aboriginal girl's fight for safe and comfortable schools for all children.

— CM Magazine

In this fictionalized and well-written account of Shannen's quest for justice for Aboriginal schooling Janet Wilson gives voice to the issue.

— Sal's Fiction Addiction

This readable, inspiring story is thoroughly engaging. It’s both informative and politically rousing; even more precious than these qualities, perhaps, is its portrait of a Northern family and community.

— The Toronto Star

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