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36 Professionally Speaking December 2020 Borrow a copy of any of the books reviewed in Professionally Speaking by connecting with the Margaret Wilson Library. Email library@oct.ca, access your College account via oct.ca, use the OCT Membership App, or call 416-961-8800 (toll-free in Ontario 1-888-534-2222), ext. 679. For reviews of French-language resources, visit pourparlerprofession.oeeo.ca. REVIEWS | CLASSROOM RESOURCE Your guide to recently released books and other teaching resources. Larkin on the Shore, Red Deer Press, Markham, Ont., 2019, ISBN 978-088995- 577-6, softcover, 312 pages, $14.95, reddeerpress.com Larkin on the Shore BY JEAN MILLS Ripped from the only home she has ever known in Toronto, 16-year-old Larkin Day is sent to spend the summer with her grandmother, Anne, in quiet Tuttle Harbour, N.S. She's had a tough school year and her father is convinced that getting her away from her friends is a good move. But, with her Granne preoccupied opening a coffee shop, Larkin's arrival is unexpected. What's more, Larkin soon discovers that warped relation- ships, innuendos, vicious gossip, stereotyping, and rumours are not limited to the big city. Larkin on the Shore is a story of cultural discoveries, family bonds and social-emotional growth. It is a coming-of-age novel and a mystery full of teenage angst and generation-gap misunderstanding. This novel can be used effectively in a classroom thematic study of grandpar- ents thrust into a parenting role, and would make an excellent discussion starter for the problems of fitting in as an adolescent. What's more, its use as a young adult mystery could spark comparisons with other "junior sleuths." Early teen readers who offered their input loved the title character. The story prompted discussions about how the protagonist's problems compared with their own issues. This novel would be an excellent addition to young adult collections for any school, classroom or personal library collection. Gail Lennon has decades of teaching experience at various levels and is currently writing and doing literacy work in Ontario and Florida. The Eagle Mother, HighWater Press, an imprint of Portage & Main Press, Winnipeg, 2020, ISBN 978-1-55379-859-0, hardcover, 32 pages, $23, highwaterpress.com The Eagle Mother (Mothers of Xsan, Volume 3) BY HETXW'MS GYETXW (BRETT D. HUSON), ILLUSTRATED BY NATASHA DONOVAN This non-fiction picture book written by an Indigenous author from north- west British Columbia is the third in the Mothers of Xsan series that includes The Sockeye Mother and The Grizzly Mother. It outlines the life cycle of a bald eagle family and highlights the ecosystems of the area. The use of the word "Mother" in each of the series titles reflects the maternal emphasis of the Gitxsan culture. The eagle family's story begins in early spring with the eagle mother protecting two eggs in a black cottonwood tree nest. By the end, it is late fall and the eaglets are learning how to hunt sockeye as they prepare for independence. Terms such as flurry, incubating, fledge and branching are defined in text boxes. Words in the Gitxsan language are used throughout the book, as well, with their English translations provided. Illustrations incorporate elements of Indigenous art and provide snapshots of the environment. The book also includes a brief description of Gitxsan culture and a fascinating list of 13 words used for "moon" that reflect the seasons. Given all these elements, this book will complement many aspects of the curriculum including First Nations, eagles, life cycles and ecosystems. While the vocabulary may challenge some, the book is still suitable for late primary to intermediate students. Margaret Gri is the school librarian at John Knox Christian School, Brampton, Ont.

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