Shortlisted for the
Keira, kidnapped from Ireland by Vikings, is a slave living in legendary Vinland. Two native bands, the Beothuck and the Thule, are also fighting over the land, thrusting the Norsemen into war.
While the Vikings search for a new home, an accident at sea leaves Keira miraculously saved by a Beothuck warrior. Keira settles into the Beothuck way of life, learning their customs and coming to care for them. But she dreams of risking everything in order to find a way home.
Ultimately, she is torn between the cultures in which she has livedher homeland, the Viking world in which she was welcomed, and her new Beothuck family. This is a thrilling adventure and an exciting introduction to the history of Canada.
ISBN 978-1894917-20-9 / Ages 10 and up / Softcover / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / 200 pages / Cdn. $10.95, U.S. $8.95
A teacher's resource package is available for this title, based on the Ontario EQAO format and Bloom's taxonomy, including multiple choice, vocabulary building and grammar. ISBN 978-1-894917-63-6 Cdn. $9.95 U.S. 8.95
"This may be the novel to give to that teacher's bane, the reluctant boy reader.
The author has created a solid first novel." - Canadian Materials
Named a "Great Book for 2006" by the Canadian Toy Testing Council
Angry at missing a week of summer video game entertainment, Jesse, a twelve-year-old boy of European/Native American descent, grudgingly follows through with his deceased father's request that he join his Uncle Matthew and cousin Jason at Six Islands, on Georgian Bay, for a special camping trip. Uncle Matthew explains that Jesse's father wanted Jason's vision quest to be his introduction to their native culture. During their first night around the camp-fire, it is Jesse who has a vision, and the adventure begins. Not only is he swept back in time four hundred years, but he is transformed into a majestic, white-tailed deer. He must now survive the expert hunting skills of his ancestors while somehow rescuing his people before they are destroyed by warfare.
ISBN 978-1894917-15-5 / Ages 9 and up / Softcover / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / 104 pages / Cdn. $8.95, U.S. $7.95
A Teacher's Guide is available, based on the Ontario EQAO format and Bloom's taxonomy, including multiple choice, vocabulary building and grammar. ISBN 1-894917-16-2, $9.95 CDN, $8.95 U.S.
Betrayed: The Legend of Oak Island
The fate of the known world is settled on the shores of Canada
In Christopher Dinsdale's third historical adventure for young readers, Connor MacDonald and his mother have encountered Henry Sinclair, Norwegian prince and Earl of Orkney, who rescues them from highwaymen.
Prince Henry is an adventurer who has sailed to the farthest reaches of the known world. On a dark Egyptian beach, he was given a treasure so precious that kings would sacrifice everything in order to acquire it. But unlike the warmongering monarchs of Europe, Prince Henry intends it to become an everlasting beacon of peace and devises a plan so bold that only the exiled Order of the Knights Templar could even dare conceive of it.
Events soon lead Connor, now a squire, his friend Angus and Prince Henry to the shores of Vinland and to Oak Island. The fate of the Templar Knights rests in the hands of two Scottish teenagers and their Mi’kmaq friend, Na'gu'set, as they desperately try to identify the dark forces that threaten not only to destroy them but the entire Templar Order.
ISBN 978-1894917-91-9 / Ages 11 and up / Softcover / 5 1/8" x 7 1/2" / 304 pages / Cdn. $10.95, U.S. $10.95