This book deals with the devastating and lingering impacts of the abuses of the Residential Schools. In this book, he says that he is trying to personalize what is going on at the Northern reserves, the epidemic of suicides.
Jill then read a selection from her book. Alya has just heard that she has an audition and she is agrees to attend. Moments later she is wondering what she has gotten herself into. This self talk leads to a fantastic description of what he parents are like. She didn't want to tell her parents about the audition and has sworn her brother to secrecy, so I am expecting horrid overbearing parents, but I find that I have been totally misled.
Not only a magician with words but with pen and ink, as in drawing. Ever since reading Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions, she has wanted to include her own drawings in a book.
This year he read from his newest book The Copper Axe. Rene is a survivor of the residential school system. During his years at school his culture, language and family were denied him. Like many, he had no idea that the Anishinaabe has a history of copper use, though he did wonder why his grandmother always told him stories of a metal axe.
Rene continues to encourage his cousins in the north to stay in school and to follow on their oral traditions of story telling and to use the skills that they have learned in the social medias to write books. He has combined his paintings and Photo Shop to colourfully illustrate the story of The Copper Axe.
I hate to admit it, but I was still talking with Rene while Adwoa started reading. Daughter was there talking pictures and insisted that I include her here.
Adwoa read from her latest book, Between Sisters, which is set in her home country of Ghana. Daughter says this would be an awesome book to read.
Switch and read.
After hearing the opening pages, I now want to read more about Andrea Birch and find out about her thirty seven foster siblings.
My daughter had the privilege of introducing Richard. She took her task seriously, even writing to him and asking a variety of questions to get material. She sure did learn more about him that you would usually learn about an author. In case you are wondering, sour cream and bacon potato chips, and the licorice should be black.