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Own Voices: Indigenous Books for Senior Grades

Created by 49th Teachers
  • Age: 15
  • Grade: 10
tagged: Senior Grades, Indigenous, Literature, indigenous, young adult
Teachers who are looking to include more “own voices” novels from Indigenous authors for their senior students (grades 11–12) should consider the following books.

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Birdie

by Tracey Lindberg
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook Paperback Hardcover
tagged: literary, native american & aboriginal

A CBC Best Book of 2015

A National Post Best Book of the Year

A CBC Writers to Watch 2015 Selection

Finalist for CBC Canada Reads 2016

Finalist for the Alberta Readers’ Choice Award

Finalist for the Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Finalist for the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Finalist for the Evergreen Award

“Twisting, darkly funny, heartbreaking, some …

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Split Tooth

by Tanya Tagaq
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
tagged: literary, magical realism, native american & aboriginal

Longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Shortlisted for the 2019 Amazon First Novel Award
Shortlisted for the 2019 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize
Winner of the 2019 Indigenous Voices Award for Published Prose in English
Winner of the 2018 Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design – Prose Fiction
Longlisted for the 2019 Sunburst Awa …

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A Mind Spread Out on the Ground

by Alicia Elliott
edition: Hardcover
also available: Paperback
tagged: native american, native americans, dysfunctional families

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER
SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2019 HILARY WESTON WRITERS' TRUST PRIZE FOR NONFICTION
NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2019 BY THE GLOBE AND MAIL • CBC • CHATELAINE • QUILL & QUIRE • THE HILL TIMES • POP MATTERS
A bold and profound meditation on trauma, legacy, oppression and racism in North America from award-winning Haudenosa …

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Moon of the Crusted Snow

A Novel

by Waubgeshig Rice, narrator Billy Merasty
edition: Audiobook
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged: literary, dystopian, native american & aboriginal

 

A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escapi …

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Jonny Appleseed

by Joshua Whitehead
edition: Paperback
also available: Audiobook
tagged: gay, native american & aboriginal, lgbt, literary

WINNER, Lambda Literary Award; Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction

Finalist, Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction; Amazon Canada First Novel Award; Indigenous Voices Award; Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award; Firecracker Award for Fiction

Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize

A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

A tour-de-force debut novel …

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Seven Fallen Feathers

Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City

by Tanya Talaga
edition: Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged: native americans, human rights, indigenous studies

The shocking true story covered by the Guardian and the New York Times of the seven young Indigenous students who were found dead in a northern Ontario city.
In 1966, twelve-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called and four recommendations were made to prevent an …

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Indian Horse

by Richard Wagamese
edition: Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
  • age: 15
  • Grade: 10
tagged: literary, media tie-in, native american & aboriginal

Winner of the Canada Reads People's Choice award and the First Nations Communities Reads program and short-listed for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

A Globe and Mail top 100 book of 2012

Saul Indian Horse is dying. Tucked away in a hospice high above the clash and clang of a big city, he embarks on a marvellous journey of imagination …