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The Scout

Tommy Prince

By David A. Robertson
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Categories: Children's Fiction, Historical, Prejudice & Racism, Indigenous, Military & Wars, Canada, Boys & Men, Post-confederation (1867-)
Series: Tales from Big Spirit
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 9–11
Grade: 4–6
Reading Level: Lexile® Framework for Reading: 580L
Paperback : 9781553794783, 30 pages, March 2014
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553794875, 32 pages, March 2014
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553794882, 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)


A search down a wooded path for a well-hit baseball turns into an encounter between Pamela and a veteran soldier standing in front of a monument. The statue commemorates the heroism of Sgt. Tommy Prince, the most decorated Aboriginal soldier in Canada. Pamela is curious, and the veteran is happy to regale her with the story of the expert marksman and tracker, renowned for his daring and bravery in World War II and the Korean War.

The Scout is one book in the Tales from Big Spirit series. 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. Designed to correspond to grades 4–6 social studies curriculums across Canada, these full colour graphic novels could be used in literature circles, novel studies, and book clubs to facilitate discussion of social studies topics. These books will help students make historical connections while promoting important literacy skills.