Author: Janine Tougas
Illustrations: Alexis Flower
Genre: Youth novel - ages 10 to 14
Publication date: 2013
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 that will make up the team of friends who will support each other in their personal and collective growth. When she explores the Metis bison hunt of the Canadian Prairies, Mélina 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 Mélina's life in modern times?
Mélina 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 takes her on a journey full of discovery that involves taking risks. Through the bison hunt, Mélina begins to understand the richness of her culture as well as 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 while highlighting its vital importance in the social and economic fibre of the Metis people. Mélina et la chasse au bison deals with questions of identity, self-esteem and leadership. However 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 more than 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. Mélina et la chasse au bison is the first novel in La Collection Voyage.
The illustrator: Alexis Flower
Alexis is a multidisciplinary Winnipeg artist. He has illustrated several books for Les Éditions des Plaines, notably the adult novel Sang d’encre : Bloodmajiq, which he both authored and illustrated. The illustrations in Mélina et la chasse au bison are his creations and his first collaboration with Janine Tougas.