Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

After years of research, reading hundreds of books and countless articles, watching documentary films, visiting museums and libraries, speaking with many people, including surviving code talkers, there was an immense amount of history that I felt needed to be told. As a result, [my] first full draft was so heavy with facts — names, dates, […]

A Few Resources from Reconciliation and Indigenous Education

A Few Resources from Reconciliation and Indigenous Education

For the past two months, I’ve been taking UBC’s Edx course on Reconciliation and Indigenous Education. Somehow I missed the fact that the “education” in the title wasn’t just the theory but the practice: this course is primarily aimed at educators, and most of my (literally hundreds of) classmates were teachers or professors. However, although […]

I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; illustrations by Gillian Newland

I Am Not a Number by Jenny Kay Dupuis and Kathy Kacer; illustrations by Gillian Newland

A bookseller friend (hi, Leah!) informs me that because of long awaited and long-overdue curriculum changes in BC elementary schools that place more emphasis on the residential school system, teachers are rushing out to buy books like Fatty Legs and I Am Not a Number in droves. These books are flying off the shelves like hotcakes. It’s easy to […]

Immigration in the books of Laurence Yep

Immigration in the books of Laurence Yep

Looking for an immigration story? Try Laurence Yep. More recently known for the charming A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans, co-written with his wife, Joanne Ryder, Laurence Yep is also famed for his many middle grade novels. The Tiger’s Apprentice series, for instance, an engaging fantasy with characters from Chinese mythology (the […]