The Orenda

The Orenda
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9780143189404
Release: 2013-09-10
Editor: Penguin Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A visceral portrait of life at a crossroads, The Orenda opens with a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of the young Iroquois Snow Falls, a spirited girl with a special gift. Her captor, Bird, is an elder and one of the Huron Nation's great warriors and statesmen. It has been years since the murder of his family and yet they are never far from his mind. In Snow Falls, Bird recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter and sees the girl possesses powerful magic that will be useful to him on the troubled road ahead. Bird’s people have battled the Iroquois for as long as he can remember, but both tribes now face a new, more dangerous threat from afar. Christophe, a charismatic Jesuit missionary, has found his calling amongst the Huron and devotes himself to learning and understanding their customs and language in order to lead them to Christ. An emissary from distant lands, he brings much more than his faith to the new world. As these three souls dance each other through intricately woven acts of duplicity, small battles erupt into bigger wars and a nation emerges from worlds in flux.

The Orenda

The Orenda
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780385350747
Release: 2014-05-13
Editor: Vintage

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this hugely acclaimed author’s new novel, history comes alive before us when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts—the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds, each at once old and new in its own ways. What unfolds over the next few years is truly epic, constantly illuminating and surprising, sometimes comic, always entrancing, and ultimately all-too-human in its tragic grandeur. Christophe, as educated as any Frenchman could be about the “sauvages” of the New World whose souls he has sworn to save, begins his true enlightenment shortly after he sets out when his native guides—terrified by even a scent of the Iroquois—abandon him to save themselves. But a Huron warrior and elder named Bird soon takes him prisoner, along with a young Iroquois girl, Snow Falls, whose family he has just killed. The Huron-Iroquois rivalry, now growing vicious, courses through this novel, and these three are its principal characters. Christophe and Snow Falls are held captive in Bird’s massive village. Champlain’s Iron People have only lately begun trading with the Huron, who mistrust them as well as this Jesuit Crow who has now trespassed onto their land; and Snow Falls’s people, of course, have become the Hurons’ greatest enemy. Bird knows that to get rid of them both would resolve the issue, but he sees Christophe, however puzzling, as a potential envoy to those in New France, and Snow Falls as a replacement for the two daughters he’d lost to the Iroquois. These relationships wax and wane as life comes at them relentlessly: a lacrosse match with an allied tribe, a dangerous mission to trade furs with the French for the deadly shining wood that could save the Huron nation, shocking victories in combat and devastating defeats, then a sickness the likes of which none of them has ever seen. The world of The Orenda blossoms to include such unforgettable characters as Bird’s oldest friend, Fox; his lover, Gosling, who some believe possesses magical powers; two more Jesuit Crows who arrive to help form a mission; and boys from both tribes whose hearts veer wildly from one side to the other, for one reason or another. Watching over all of them are the spirits that guide their every move. The Orenda traces a story of blood and hope, suspicion and trust, hatred and love, that comes to a head when Jesuit and Huron join together against the stupendous wrath of the Iroquois, when everything that any of them has ever known or believed in faces nothing less than annihilation. A saga nearly four hundred years old, it is also timeless and eternal. This eBook edition includes a Reading Group Guide.

The Orenda

The Orenda
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 496
ISBN: 9781780744360
Release: 2013-11-07
Editor: Simon and Schuster

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

1640s, The New World In the remote winter landscape a brutal massacre and the kidnapping of a young Iroquois girl violently re-ignites a deep rift between two tribes. The girl’s captor, Bird, is one of the Huron Nation’s great warriors and statesmen. Years have passed since the murder of his family, and yet they are never far from his mind. In the girl, Snow Falls, he recognizes the ghost of his lost daughter, but as he fights for her heart and allegiance, small battles erupt into bigger wars as both tribes face a new, more dangerous threat from afar. Travelling with the Huron is Christophe, a charismatic missionary who has found his calling among the tribe and devotes himself to learning and understanding their customs and language. An emissary from distant lands, he brings much more than his faith to this new world, with its natural beauty and riches. As these three souls dance with each other through intricately woven acts of duplicity, their social, political and spiritual worlds collide - and a new nation rises from a world in flux.

Through Black Spruce

Through Black Spruce
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780143175650
Release: 2009-09-15
Editor: Penguin Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

From internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden comes an astonishingly powerful novel of contemporary Aboriginal life, full of the dangers and harsh beauty of both forest and city. When beautiful Suzanne Bird disappears after moving to the city, her sister Annie, a loner and hunter, is compelled to go in search of her. To follow her sister's trail, Annie must leave behind their uncle, Will, a man haunted by loss. While Annie travels from Toronto to New York, from modelling studios to A-list parties, Will encounters dire troubles. Both eventually come to painful discoveries about the inescapable ties of family. Winner of the 2008 Giller Prize, Through Black Spruce is an utterly unforgettable consideration of how we discover who we really are.

Three Day Road

Three Day Road
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9780143175643
Release: 2008-05-06
Editor: Penguin Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

It is 1919, and Niska, the last Oji-Cree woman to live off the land, has received word that one of the two boys she saw off to the Great War has returned. Xavier Bird, her sole living relation, is gravely wounded and addicted to morphine. As Niska slowly paddles her canoe on the three-day journey to bring Xavier home, travelling through the stark but stunning landscape of Northern Ontario, their respective stories emerge—stories of Niska’s life among her kin and of Xavier’s horrifying experiences in the killing fields of Ypres and the Somme.

Wenjack

Wenjack
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 64
ISBN: 9780735233393
Release: 2016-10-18
Editor: Penguin

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The acclaimed author of The Orenda gives us a powerful and poignant look into the last moments of Charlie Wenjack, a residential school runaway trying to find his way home. An Ojibwe boy runs away from a North Ontario Indian School. Too late, he realizes just how far away home is. Along the way he's followed by Manitous, spirits of the forest who comment on his plight, cajoling, taunting, and ultimately offering him a type of comfort on his difficult journey back to the place he was so brutally removed from.

Born With A Tooth

Born With A Tooth
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9780143189718
Release: 2013-08-06
Editor: Penguin Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Before internationally acclaimed author Joseph Boyden penned his bestselling novel Three Day Road and his Scotiabank Giller Prize–winning novel, Through Black Spruce, he published a powerful collection of thirteen stories about modern Aboriginal life that made readers and reviewers take notice. These stories of love, loss, rage and resilience match virtuosic style with clever wit to turn stereotypes on their head and reveal the traditions and grace of our First Peoples. Readers come to know a butterfly-costumed boy fascinated by the world of professional wrestling, a young woman who falls in love with a wolf, to the leader of an all-girl Native punk band and Painted Tongue, the unforgettable character from Through Black Spruce. Though each story is told in a different and distinct voice, they are all united by their captivating vitality, nuanced perceptions and vigorous prose.

Winterkill

Winterkill
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Author: Ragnar Jonasson
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781913193454
Release: 2020-12-10
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

DIV THE STUNNING FINAL INSTALMENT OF THE MULTI-MILLION-COPY BESTSELLING DARK ICELAND SERIES **Sunday Times BOOK OF THE MONTH** 'JÓnasson is an automatic must-read for me ... possibly the best Scandi writer working today' Lee Child 'Is this the best crime writer in the world today? ... Truly a master of his genre' The Times 'The engaging Ari Thor returns in this darkly claustrophobic tale. Perfect mid-winter reading' Ann Cleeves 'A stunningly atmospheric story. Ari ThÓr Arason returns in this pitch-perfect, beautifully paced crime novel ... Ragnar JÓnasson is at the top of his game, and a master of the genre' Will Dean ______________ A blizzard is approaching SiglufjÖrður, and that can only mean one thing... When the body of a nineteen-year-old girl is found on the main street of SiglufjÖrður, Police Inspector Ari ThÓr battles a violent Icelandic storm in an increasingly dangerous hunt for her killer ... The chilling, claustrophobic finale to the international bestselling Dark Iceland series. Easter weekend is approaching, and snow is gently falling in SiglufjÖrður, the northernmost town in Iceland, as crowds of tourists arrive to visit the majestic ski slopes. Ari ThÓr Arason is now a police inspector, but he's separated from his girlfriend, who lives in Sweden with their three-year-old son. A family reunion is planned for the holiday, but a violent blizzard is threatening and there is an unsettling chill in the air. Three days before Easter, a nineteen-year-old local girl falls to her death from the balcony of a house on the main street. A perplexing entry in her diary suggests that this may not be an accident, and when an old man in a local nursing home writes 'She was murdered' again and again on the wall of his room, there is every suggestion that something more sinister lies at the heart of her death... As the extreme weather closes in, cutting the power and access to SiglufjÖrður, Ari ThÓr must piece together the puzzle to reveal a horrible truth ... one that will leave no one unscathed. Chilling, claustrophobic and disturbing, Winterkill is a startling addition to the multi-million-copy bestselling Dark Iceland series and cements Ragnar JÓnasson as one of the most exciting and acclaimed authors in crime fiction. _______________ Praise for Ragnar JÓnasson'A sinister twisted tragedy' The Times 'If Iceland missed out on the Golden Age of crime writing, the country – and Jonasson – is certainly making up for it now' Sunday Times 'Outstanding ... Series fans will be sorry to see the last of Ari ThÓr' Publishers Weekly 'Jonasson's Dark Iceland novels are instant classics' William Ryan 'JÓnasson's punchy, straightforward prose is engrossing ... A diverting mystery' Foreword Reviews 'Consummate crime writing ... poignant and disturbing' New Books Magazine 'Chilling, creepy, perceptive, almost unbearably tense' Ian Rankin 'A tense, gripping read' Anthony Horowitz 'Icelandic noir of the highest order, with JÓnasson's atmospheric sense of place, and his heroine's unerring humanity shining from every page' Daily Mail 'Ragnar JÓna

The Bird Tribunal

The Bird Tribunal
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Author: Agnes Ravatn
Pages: 198
ISBN: 9781910633366
Release: 2016-07-30
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

When a disgraced TV presenter takes up the role of housekeeper on an isolated Norwegian fjord, she develops a chilling, obsessive relationship with her employer ... an award-winning, simply stunning debut psychological thriller from one of Norway’s finest writers. ***As heard on BBC Books at Bedtime*** ***WINNER of the English PEN Translation Award*** ***Shortlisted for the Dublin Literary Award*** ***Shortlisted for the Petrona Award for Best Scandinavian Crime Novel of the Year*** ‘An unrelenting atmosphere of doom fails to prepare readers for the surprising resolution’ Publishers Weekly ‘Unfolds in an austere style that perfectly captures the bleakly beautiful landscape of Norway’s far north’ Irish Times _________________ Two people in exile. Two secrets. As the past tightens its grip, there may be no escape... TV presenter Allis Hagtorn leaves her partner and her job to take voluntary exile in a remote house on an isolated fjord. But her new job as housekeeper and gardener is not all that it seems, and her silent, surly employer, 44-year-old Sigurd Bagge, is not the old man she expected. As they await the return of his wife from her travels, their silent, uneasy encounters develop into a chilling, obsessive relationship, and it becomes clear that atonement for past sins may not be enough... Haunting, consuming and powerful, The Bird Tribunal is a taut, exquisitely written psychological thriller that builds to a shocking, dramatic crescendo that will leave you breathless. _________________ ‘Reminiscent of Patricia Highsmith – and I can’t offer higher praise than that – Agnes Ravatn is an author to watch’ Philip Ardagh ‘A tense and riveting read’ Financial Times ‘Crackling, fraught and hugely compulsive slice of Nordic Noir ... tremendously impressive’ Big Issue ‘Beautifully done ... dark, psychologically tense and packed full of emotion both overt or deliberately disguised’ Raven Crime Reads ‘Ravatn creates a creeping sense of unease, elegantly bringing the peace and menace of the setting to vivid life. The isolated house on the fjord is a character-like shadow in this tale of obsessions. This is domestic suspense with a twist – creepy and wonderful’ New Books Magazine ‘The Bird Tribunal offers an incredible richness of themes ... The atonement for the past sins and the titular bird tribunal carry powerful messages, as well as questions of morality and humanity...' Crime Review 'The Bird Tribunal is suffused with dark imagery from the ancient Eddas, creating a foreboding atmosphere that gets under the skin and stays there. Like a lunar eclipse, each revelation is another form of darkness’ Crime Fiction Lover ‘Chilling, atmospheric and hauntingly beautiful ... I was transfixed’ Amanda Jennings ‘Intriguing ... enrapturing’ Sarah Hilary ‘A masterclass in suspense and delayed terror, reading it felt like I was driving at top speed towards a cliff edge - and not once did I want to take my foot off the pedal’ Rod Reynolds ‘A beautifully written story set in a captivating landscape ... it keeps you turning the pages’ Sarah Ward

Last Days of Disco

Last Days of Disco
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Author: David F. Ross
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781495627668
Release: 2015-03-01
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

A witty, energetic, elegant eulogy to the beauty and power of the 45rpm vinyl record and the small but significant part it played in a small town community in 1982Early in the decade that taste forgot, Fat Franny Duncan is on top of the world. He is the undoubted King of the Ayrshire Mobile Disco scene, controlling and ruling the competition with an iron fist. From birthdays to barn dances, Franny is the man to call. He even played "My Boy Lollipop" at a funeral and got away with it. But the future is uncertain. A new partnership is coming and is threatening to destroy the big man's Empire. Bobby Cassidy and Joey Miller have been best mates since primary school. Joey is an idealist; Bobby just wants to get laid and avoid following his brother Gary to the Falklands. A partnership in their new mobile disco venture seems like the best way for Bobby to do both at the same time. With compensation from an accident at work, Bobby's dad Harry invests in the fledgling business. His marriage to Ethel is coming apart at the seams and the disco has given him something to focus on. Tragic news from the other side of the world brings all three strands together in a way that no one could have predicted.

Snare

Snare
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Author: Lilja Sigurdardóttir
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781495628184
Release: 2017-09-12
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

First in the Reykjavik Noir Trilogy After a messy divorce, attractive young mother Sonia is struggling to provide for herself and keep custody of her son. With her back to the wall, she resorts to smuggling cocaine into Iceland, and finds herself caught up in a ruthless criminal world. As she desperately looks for a way out of trouble, she must pit her wits against her nemesis, Bragi, a customs officer, whose years of experience frustrate her new and evermore daring strategies. Things become even more complicated when Sonia embarks on a relationship with a woman, Agla. Once a high-level bank executive, Agla is currently being prosecuted in the aftermath of the Icelandic financial crash. Set in a Reykjavík still covered in the dust of the Eyjafjallajökull volcanic eruption, and with a dark, fast-paced and chilling plot and intriguing characters, Snare is an outstandingly original and sexy Nordic crime thriller, from one of the most exciting new names in crime fiction. 'A tense thriller with a highly unusual plot and interesting characters' Times 'This first novel of a planned trilogy is stylish, taut and compelling and a film adaptation is in the pipeline. With characters you can't help sympathising with against your better judgement, Sigurdardottir takes the reader on a breathtaking ride' Daily Express ‘Snare will ensnare you' Marie Claire A taut, gritty, thoroughly absorbing journey into Reykjavik's underworld' Christine Tran, Booklist ‘Lilja Sigurdardottir delivers a diabolically efficient thriller with an ultrarealistic plot … We cannot wait for Sonja's next adventure' L'Express ‘A smart, ambitious, and hugely satisfying thriller. Striking in its originality and written with all the style and poise of an old hand. Lilja is destined for Scandi super stardom' Eva Dolan ‘For a small island, Iceland produces some extraordinary writers, and Lilja is one of the best. Snare is an enthralling tale of love and crime that stays with you long after you have turned the last page' Michael Ridpath ‘Zips along, with tension building and building … thoroughly recommended' James Oswald ‘Crisp, assured and nail-bitingly tense, Snare is an exceptional read, cementing Lilja's place as one of Iceland's most outstanding crime writers' Yrsa Sigurdardottir ‘Clear your diary. As soon as you begin reading Snare, you won't be able to stop until the final page' Michael Wood ‘Snare is a great read and the finale is both shocking and unexpected … a Wizard-of-Oz ending, without the laughs. Terrific and original stuff' Max Easterman, European Literature Network

Sealskin

Sealskin
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Author: Su Bristow
Pages: 220
ISBN: 9781910633618
Release: 2016-12-20
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

What happens when magic collides with reality? Donald is a young fisherman, eking out a lonely living on the west coast of Scotland. One night he witnesses something miraculous ... and makes a terrible mistake. His action changes lives – not only his own, but those of his family and the entire tightly knit community in which they live. Can he ever atone for the wrong he has done, and can love grow when its foundation is violence? Based on the legend of the selkies – seals who can transform into people – Sealskin is a magical story, evoking the harsh beauty of the landscape, the resilience of its people, both human and animal, and the triumph of hope over fear and prejudice. With exquisite grace, Exeter Novel Prize-winner Su Bristow transports us to a different world, subtly and beautifully exploring what it means to be an outsider, and our innate capacity for forgiveness and acceptance. Rich with myth and magic, Sealskin is, nonetheless, a very human story, as relevant to our world as to the timeless place in which it is set. And it is, quite simply, unforgettable. For fans of Angela Carter, Eowyn Ivey, Alice Hoffmann and Geraldine Brooks.

I Am Dust

I Am Dust
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Author: Louise Beech
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781913193225
Release: 2020-02-16
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Dean Wilson Theatre is believed to be haunted by a long-dead actress, singing her last song, waiting for her final cue, looking for her killer. Now Dust, the iconic musical, is returning after 20 years. But who will be brave enough to take on the role of ghostly goddess Esme Black, last played by Morgan Miller, who was murdered in her dressing room? Theatre usher Chloe Dee is caught up in the spectacle. As the new actors arrive, including an unexpected face from her past, everything changes. Are the eerie sounds and sightings backstage real or just her imagination? Is someone playing games? Is the role of Esme Black cursed? Could witchcraft be at the heart of the tragedy? And are dark deeds from Chloe's past about to catch up with her? Not all the drama takes place onstage. Sometimes murder, magic, obsession and the biggest of betrayals are real life. When you're in the theatre shadows, you see everything. And Chloe has been watching.

The Waiting Rooms

The Waiting Rooms
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Author: Eve Smith
Pages: 276
ISBN: 9781913193270
Release: 2020-04-14
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

DIVSwinging from South Africa to England: one woman's hunt for her birth mother in an all-too-believable near future in which an antibiotic crisis has decimated the population. A prescient, thrilling debut. 'Combines the excitement of a medical thriller À la Michael Crichton with sensitive characterisation and social insight in a timely debut novel all the more remarkable for being conceived and written before the current pandemic' Guardian 'STUNNING and terrifying ... The Waiting Rooms wrenches your heart in every way possible, but written with such humanity and emotion' Miranda Dickinson 'Chillingly close to reality, this gripping thriller brims with authenticity ... a captivating, accomplished and timely debut from an author to watch' Adam Hamdy ________________ Decades of spiralling drug resistance have unleashed a global antibiotic crisis. Ordinary infections are untreatable, and a scratch from a pet can kill. A sacrifice is required to keep the majority safe: no one over seventy is allowed new antibiotics. The elderly are sent to hospitals nicknamed 'The Waiting Rooms' ... hospitals where no one ever gets well. Twenty years after the crisis takes hold, Kate begins a search for her birth mother, armed only with her name and her age. As Kate unearths disturbing facts about her mother's past, she puts her family in danger and risks losing everything. Because Kate is not the only secret that her mother is hiding. Someone else is looking for her, too. Sweeping from an all-too-real modern Britain to a pre-crisis South Africa, The Waiting Rooms is epic in scope, richly populated with unforgettable characters, and a tense, haunting vision of a future that is only a few mutations away. ________________ 'Engrossing and eye-opening, with heart-stopping plot twists ... a stunning medical thriller set in a terrifying possible future' Foreword Reviews 'A touching, gut-wrenching story of family mystery and tragedy ... a thriller that punches on two fronts – heart AND mind' The Sun 'Gripping and disturbing ... the medical research is convincing, the scenarios plausible, and the story is emotionally engaging. This is an incredible debut!' Gill Paul 'If the themes are dark and topical, the writing is exquisite. Breath held, I got to the finale with my heart in my mouth. Eve Smith weaves a complex and clever tale, merging countries and timelines; the result is a superb and satisfying novel' Louise Beech 'Margaret Atwood is one of my all-time writing heroes and The Handmaid's Tale is probably the best book I've ever read. Eve Smith and The Waiting Rooms really do challenge that long-held crown...' Random Things through My Letterbox 'Thoroughly engaging ... an eye-opening read' Crime Fiction Lover 'A novel of our times' Trip Fiction 'Haunting, honest and horrifying in its reality ... An epic and thrilling read' Book Literati 'Stunning dystopian debut. A prescient and alarming tale that seems just a whisper from reality' Suzy Apsley 'The Waiting Rooms will certainly distract us from the real world for a few hours and this is the immeasurable value of fiction. It gives hope that, as in Eve Smith's fictitious world, the possibility of a happy ending still exists' Die Burge

The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid Plans
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Author: Terry Fallis
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780771047534
Release: 2010-03-26
Editor: Emblem Editions

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

WINNER OF CBC CANADA READS Here’s the set up: A burnt-out politcal aide quits just before an election--but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock--an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers--to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on. Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn’t care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious--and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.

Shattering Inequities

Shattering Inequities
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Author: Robin Avelar La Salle,Ruth S. Johnson
Pages: 150
ISBN: 1475844166
Release: 2019
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

This book describes the systems that perpetuate historical underachievement for the same demographic groups of students who have struggled for decades. For leaders who believe that all students deserve the best education regardless of family circumstance or zip code, this book will support for leaders developing equitable outcomes for all students.

Kwe

Kwe
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Author: Joseph Boyden
Pages: 101
ISBN: 9780143194910
Release: 2014-12-16
Editor: Penguin Canada

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Driven by deep frustration, anger, and sorrow in the wake of yet another violent assault upon a First Nations woman in November 2014, dozens of acclaimed writers and artists have come together to add their voices to a call for action addressing the deep-rooted and horrific crimes that continue to fester in our country. Kwe means woman in Ojibwe. More specifically, kwe means life-giver or life-carrier in Anishinaabemowin, the Ojibwe language. It is a pure word, one that speaks powerfully of women’s place at the heart of all our First Nations. These women who bring light and life to our world are in peril. Aboriginal women in our country are three times more likely to face violent attack and murder than any other of their gender. We must take concrete steps to stop this and we must do it now. A nation is only as good, is only as strong, as how it treats its most vulnerable and those of us in danger. This book is a call to action. It’s sometimes a whisper, sometimes a scream, but we speak our words as one when we demand justice for our more than 1200 murdered and missing Indigenous women. After all, they are our mothers, our daughters, our nieces, our aunties, our sisters, our friends. Penguin Canada is donating all proceeds from the sale of Kwe: Standing With Our Sisters to Amnesty International's No More Stolen Sisters initiative.

The Coral Bride

The Coral Bride
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Author: Roxanne Bouchard
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781913193331
Release: 2020-08-12
Editor: Orenda Books

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

In this beautiful, lyrical sequel to the critically acclaimed We Were the Salt of the Sea, Detective MoralÈs finds that a seemingly straightforward search for a missing fisherwoman off Quebec's GaspÉ Peninsula is anything but ... 'Wonderfully atmospheric ... I genuinely couldn't put this book down' Gill Paul 'You might want to grab this release if you've read everything by Louise Penny and need more Quebecois noir to feed your crime-loving tendencies' Crime Fiction Lover _________________ When an abandoned lobster trawler is found adrift off the coast of Quebec's GaspÉ Peninsula, DS Joaquin MoralÈs begins a straightforward search for the boat's missing captain, Angel Roberts – a rare female in a male-dominated world. But MoralÈs finds himself blocked at every turn – by his police colleagues, by fisheries bureaucrats, and by his grown-up son, who has turned up at his door with a host of his own personal problems. When Angel's body is finally discovered, it's clear something very sinister is afoot, and MoralÈs and son are pulled into murky, dangerous waters, where old resentments run deep. Exquisitely written, with Bouchard's trademark lyrical prose, The Coral Bride evokes the power of the sea on the communities who depend on it, the never-ending struggle between the generations, and an extraordinary mystery at the heart of both. _________________ Praise for Roxanne Bouchard: 'Colourful, authentic characters with the kind of flavour that can only be inspired by real locals. So good it'll make you want to pack your bags and drive straight to the seaside' Journal de MontrÉal 'Lyrical and elegiac, full of quirks and twists' William Ryan 'Asks questions right from page one' Quentin Bates 'An isolated Canadian fishing community, a missing mother, and some lovely prose. Very impressed by this debut so far' Eva Dolan 'A tour de force of both writing and translation' Su Bristow 'The translation from French has retained a dreamily poetic cast to the language, but it's det-fic for all that, as DS Joaquin Morales, transplanted from balmy Mexican shores to a remote Quebecois fishing community, investigates a woman's death at sea. This is the first book by Bouchard, renowned Canadian playwright and author, to be translated into English' Sunday Times 'Characters are well-drawn, from MoralÈs, the cop, and his sturdy inspector, MarlÈne, to the husky fishermen who were Marie's devoted suitors three decades ago. There's a comic element: the chef at the bistro, a mine of misleading information; the alcoholic priest who was never ordained - and the appalling undertaker who was once a used-car salesman and never forgot the spiel ... An exotic curiosity, raw nugget' Shots Mag

The Brave

The Brave
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Author: James Bird
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781250247742
Release: 2020-06-30
Editor: Feiwel & Friends

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

Perfect for fans of Rain Reign, this middle-grade novel The Brave is about a boy with an OCD issue and his move to a reservation to live with his biological mother. Collin can't help himself—he has a unique condition that finds him counting every letter spoken to him. It's a quirk that makes him a prime target for bullies, and a continual frustration to the adults around him, including his father. When Collin asked to leave yet another school, his dad decides to send him to live in Minnesota with the mother he's never met. She is Ojibwe, and lives on a reservation. Collin arrives in Duluth with his loyal dog, Seven, and quickly finds his mom and his new home to be warm, welcoming, and accepting of his condition. Collin’s quirk is matched by that of his neighbor, Orenda, a girl who lives mostly in her treehouse and believes she is turning into a butterfly. With Orenda’s help, Collin works hard to overcome his challenges. His real test comes when he must step up for his new friend and trust his new family.

Acting for Freedom

Acting for Freedom
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Author: Marian Botsford Fraser
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781927583500
Release: 2014-10-13
Editor: Second Story Press

DESCRIPTION OF THE BOOK:

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association celebrates its fiftieth anniversary with this overview of its activities--sometimes quiet and sometimes strident--as a watchdog and safeguard for Canadians and their rights as citizens. Through a series of discussions and interviews, a picture of Canada over the last half-century evolves.