Shannen and the Dream for a School

Shannen and the Dream for a School

by Janet Wilson
     
 

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It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country.

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It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Tragically, Shannen was killed in a car crash in 2010, and was not able to see the dream of her school fulfilled. Her family, friends and supporters continue to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in Native communities everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

CM Magazine
"Wilson has written a powerful account of the true story of one Aboriginal girl's fight for safe and comfortable schools for all children...The text is written in an accessible manner which will appeal to a wide range of readers. The photographs make Shannen's quest come alive. The quotations at the beginning of each chapter also very effectively express the urgency of Shannen's dream for justice in the educational environment of First Nations children...Highly Recommended. "

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781926920306
Publisher:
Second Story Press
Publication date:
10/01/2011
Series:
Kids' Power Book Series
Pages:
132
Sales rank:
926,931
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Lexile:
840L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 13 Years

Meet the Author

Janet Wilson is an award-winning artist and a published author, holding over 50 publishing copyrights in the children's literature field. She graduated with honours from the Ontario College of Art and Design as a mature student, the mother of two little boys. Janet's love of books combined with a particular talent for drawing children has brought her into the world of "kidlit." Her more realistic style lends itself to interpreting the stories of children's favorite authors in producing picture books. Sensitivity to the nuances of facial expressions helps young readers grasp subjects ranging from dealing with death, the arrival of a new baby, the tragedy of war or just wishing your new dress was a different colour. Her awards include Best Illustrated Book in the United States in 2004 for Jasper's Day, Canadian Information Book of the Year for her artwork in In Flanders Fields, and she is the first non-native artist to be awarded the Native Reading Week Award for her illustrations in Solomon's Tree. Janet is a career artist known for her fine art commissioned portraits and still life paintings.

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