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Dear Canada: Hoping for Home

Stories of Arrival

by Kit Pearson; Ruby Slipperjack; Jean Little; Shelley Tanaka; Paul Yee; Irene N.Watts; Rukhsana Khan; Brian Doyle & Afua Cooper

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published: 2016
ISBN:9781443128124
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Hoping for Home: Stories of Survival (Dear Canada)

The theme of arrival — whether through immigration, displacement, change or new experiences — is explored by boys and girls who bravely faced the challenges of settling into a new life. In these 11 original stories, set at various points in Canada’s vast landscape and history, we hear from some of Canada’s most renowned authors.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. Fall, 2012.

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In these eleven original stories, characters bravely face the challenges of settling into a new life.

In this wonderful new short story anthology, eleven of Canada's top children's authors contribute stories of immigration, displacement and change, exploring the frustration and uncertainty those changes can bring. Told in first-person narratives, this collection features a diverse cast of boys and girls, each one living at a different point in Canada's vast landscape and history.

With unforgettable protagonists - such as Miriam, a Warsaw-ghetto survivor, now reunited with her family in Montreal; Wong Joe-on, a young Chinese immigrant who faces racism in a small Saskatchewan town; and Insy, an Ojibwe girl who makes her first trip to a "white" town in Northern Ontario - young readers will be moved by the opportunities and difficulties that these characters face, as each one ponders what it means to be Canadian, and struggles to fit in.

Hoping for Home includes stories by Jean Little, Kit Pearson, Brian Dowle, Paul Yee, Irene N. Watts, Ruby Slipperjack, Afua Cooper, Rukhsana Khan, Marie-Andrée Clermont, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz and Shelley Tanaka.

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Hoping for Home includes stories by Jean Little, Kit Pearson, Brian Doyle, Paul Yee, Irene N. Watts, Ruby Slipperjack, Afua Cooper, Rukhsana Khan, Marie-Andrée Clermont, Lillian Boraks-Nemetz and Shelley Tanaka.

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Kit Pearson

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Ruby Slipperjack

Ruby Slipperjack was born and raised at her father's trapline at Whitewater Lake in northwestern Ontario. She is a member of the Eabametoong First Nation and speaks fluent Ojibway. She uses her maiden name "Slipperjack" when she writes, in honour of her parents and ancestors for the cultural knowledge and teachings that inform her writing. Ruby is the mother of three daughters and currently lives in Thunder Bay with her husband and their two shelties.
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Jean Little

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Shelley Tanaka

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Paul Yee

Paul Yee, by profession an archivist, worked for the Vancouver City Archives before moving to Toronto in 1988 to become Multicultural Coordinator for the Archives of Canada. He has written and published widely, including three young adult novels.
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Irene N.Watts

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Rukhsana Khan

Rukhsana Khan was born in Lahore, Pakistan and grew up in Dundas, Ontario. She is the author of a number of children's books, including Muslim Child, Many Windows, The Roses in My Carpets, and The Big Red Lollipop. She lives in Toronto, Ontario.
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Brian Doyle

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Afua Cooper

Afua Cooper, Halifax’s seventh Poet Laureate, is the author of five books of poetry, including the critically acclaimed Copper Woman and Other Poems and two novels, The Hanging of Angelique: The Untold Story of Slavery in Canada and the Burning of Old Montreal, and My Name is Phillis Wheatley. She has also recorded two poetry CDs, including the forthcoming Love and Revolution. A founder of the Canadian Dub poetry movement, Afua Cooper was instrumental in organizing between 2004 and 2009, three international dub poetry festivals.

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