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By Janet Lunn: Recommended as either a Read-Aloud or a Reader. Approx 200 pp.

Set in 1815 in Prince Edward County, Ontario, this book tells the story of young Mary Urqhart, who has travelled from Scotland to settle in the wilderness of Upper Canada. She expects to meet her cousin, but finds he is dead, and is left to settle there on her own. She's strong, and she does just fine, making Upper Canada her own home.

I will say that it does contain elements that not everyone will be comfortable with, because it deals with the "Second Sight," but the story is beautifully told, and it is a classic, award-winner: It won the Canadian Library Award and the Young Adult Book Award.

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Some readers and read alouds:

Sweetgrass by Jan Hudson - a coming of age Blackfoot story set in Alberta probably 18th or 19th century. Good depiction of way of life, some spirituality. Dc enjoyed it.

Tikta lik tik, The White Archer, Akavak by James Houston - all Eskimo legends. Dc loved the adventure. Read as readers. Portray Inuit life well, including some spirituality.

Lost in the Barrens by Farley Mowat - we did as RA, dc loved it. Portrays interaction of white culture, subarctic Cree, Chipewayan, Inuit. Great adventure story with lots of references to differences in these various peoples. Even reference to Vikings. Low key on spirituality stuff.

Pontiac: Mighty Ottawa Chief - we did as a reader. Portrays the political dynamics times when white settlers impinged on aboriginal lands.

Debbie

Sweetgrass: Recommended as a reader for grades 5 - 10 on Amazon

Tikta'liktak: An Eskimo Legend (did not find an age/ grade range for this one)

Lost in the Barrens: Recommended as a reader for ages 10-16 on Amazon

Pontiac: Mighty Ottawa Chief (did not find an age/ grade range for this one either)

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