To be published in 2017
Author: Janine Tougas
Illustrations: Alexis Flower
Genre: Youth novel - ages 10 to 14
Approved by Le Centre de leadership et d'évaluation for Ontario’s Department of Education.
In this first novel of the series, we meet the four Metis youth who will make up the team of friends who will support each other in their personal and collective growth. By exploring the Metis bison hunt of the Canadian Prairies, Jaimie discovers her voice and her path as a storyteller.
How does the bison hunt, a Western Canadian Metis tradition that’s 150 years old, transform Jaimie's life in modern times?
Jaimie is in grade 7. She’s a young Canadian Metis whose ancestors are Anishinaabe and French. A simple class project leads her to new friendships and taking risks in a journey full of discovery. The bison hunt allows Jaimie to begin to understand the richness of her culture and her own immense potential.
Playful in its approach and rigorous in its research, this novel describes the traditional organisation of the bison hunt extremely accurately as well as its vital importance in the social and economic fibre of the Metis people. Jaimie and the Bison Hunt deals with questions of identity, self-esteem and leadership. It is first and foremost a work of fiction rich in adventure and imbued in human values.
The author: Janine Tougas
Born and raised in Manitoba, Janine Tougas has been a writer for over 30 years — game books (Rions en français, La magie des marionnettes), book series for children (The Small World of Paul and Susan, Enfant de la planète), radio shows (Les petites oreilles) and television shows (Paul et Suzanne, Carmen à la campagne, Francomobile, Canot Cocasse). She has a Master's of Education and a Master's in Fine Arts. Jaimie and the Bison Hunt is the first novel in The Voyage Collection.
The illustrator: Alexis Flower
Alexis is a multidisciplinary Winnipeg artist. He has illustrated several books for Les Éditions des Plaines, notably an adult novel entitled Sang d’encre : Bloodmajiq, which he both authored and illustrated. The illustrations in Jaimie and the Bison Hunt are his creations and his first collaboration with Janine Tougas.