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The Ballad of Nancy April


By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Series: Tales from Big Spirit
Imprint: HighWater Press

Categories: Children's Fiction, Indigenous, Historical, Prejudice & Racism, Pre-Confederation (to 1867)
Big Ideas: Authentic Indigenous History, Social Justice, Enslaved People(s) and Human Exploitation, Exploitation of Natural Resources, Genocide and Cultural Extinction, Impacts of Colonization and Colonialism, Prejudice and Racism, Strong Female Characters
Cultures & Peoples: Beothuk

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Fountas & Pinnell W, Lexile® Framework for Reading: 580L
Paperback : 9781553794776, 32 pages, March 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553794837, 32 pages, March 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553794844, 32 pages, March 2014
The Ballad of Nancy April (Paperback) , The Chief (Paperback) , The Land of Os (Paperback) , The Peacemaker (Paperback) , The Poet (Paperback) , The Rebel (Paperback) , The Scout (Paperback)


When a mishap delays Jessie at the end of a school day, she takes a shortcut home. But the shortcut turns into an adventure, as Jessie is transported through time and space, to early 19th-century Newfoundland. There she meets Shawnadithit who, as the last surviving member of the Beothuk, has witnessed the end of a once-great people.

Tales from Big Spirit is a unique seven-book graphic novel series that delves into the stories of seven great Indigenous heroes from Canadian history - some already well known and others who deserve to be.