Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry

Everyday Hero by Kathleen Cherry

  Red Cedar fiction (2017/2018) nominee Everyday Hero opens shortly after thirteen-year-old Alice and her dad have moved from Vancouver to Kitimat. A new town, a new school, a new start, that’s what Alice’s dad thinks. “No!” Dad’s voice was so loud I could hear it through my bedroom wall. “No, Lisa! We’ve gone through […]

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

The Legend of Lightning and Thunder by Paula Ikuutaq; illustrated by Jo Rioux

Paula Ikuutaq’s retelling of the Inuit Legend of Lightning and Thunder opens with a celebration. It is spring, and Inuit people gather together in camps to sing, to dance, and to feast: to share their happiness with each other. Two orphaned siblings, however, are not so happy. A girl and her younger brother have traveled a long […]

Yellow Dog by Miriam Korner

Yellow Dog by Miriam Korner

I want to preface this review by noting that I didn’t tag Yellow Dog under TBW’s Indigenous or First Nations tags despite a Cree protagonist and a narrative focus on relationship and culture, because those tags are for Indigenous-created stories. Although Miriam Korner has studied Cree language and culture, and co-wrote When the Trees Crackle with […]

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami

Red Cedar fiction nominee (2017/2018) Book Uncle and Me by Uma Krishnaswami is completely and utterly charming. It is a sweet, gentle, clear-eyed story about a girl who loves books, and what happens when she rouses her community to activism on behalf of Book Uncle, an elderly man who runs a free lending library. Here’s the […]

The Case of the Girl in Grey by Jordan Stratford; ill. Kelly Murphy

The Case of the Girl in Grey by Jordan Stratford; ill. Kelly Murphy

The Case of the Girl in Grey (The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency No. 2) by Jordan Stratford and illustrated by Kelly Murphy – Red Cedar fiction nominee 2017/2018 – is a middle grade mystery, a story of utterly opposite sisters, and above all, about the friendships formed between remarkable girls. As in The Case of the Missing […]

What Matters

What Matters

Hardcover, 32 pages September 16, 2016 : Orca Books  Source: Orca Books What happens when one small boy picks up one small piece of litter? He doesn’t know it, but his tiny act has big consequences. From the minuscule to the universal, What Matters sensitively explores nature’s connections and traces the ripple effects of one child’s […]