Sixteen-year-old D.J. awakens from a coma with no memory of who he is or what happened to him. All he knows is that he was severely beaten and his face is disfigured. D.J.'s grandmother places an unearthly stone necklace around his neck and he begins to recover at a rapid pace. When D.J. has visions about a boy named Jeff and his friend Tim, he starts to piece together the events that landed him in the hospital. The Stone Gift is a tale about standing strong in the face of gang violence while embracing friendship, love, family, and even magic, in order to heal.
Author: Deborah L. Delaronde (*winner of the 2015 Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year Award!)
Emma wants to participate in her community’s annual ‘King’s Day’ celebration that is held every year on January 6th. She loves to see the gifts that are given and hear the stories people tell when they visit. Her mother, however, feels that Emma is too young.
When Emma’s grandmother hurts herself, Emma reluctantly agrees to help. In helping her grandmother prepare and serve her King’s Day meal, Emma discovers the meaning behind this special day. ‘King’s Day’ is about celebrating Christ’s birth and the Three Wise Kings who visited the baby Jesus bearing gifts on this holy day. Emma learns that ‘King’s Day’ is not only about exchanging gifts, it’s also about helping family and friends by giving one's time.
Illustrated by: Jay Odjick
Metis and children’s author Deborah L. Delaronde-Falk has won the Beatrice Mosionier Aboriginal Writer of the Year award with her latest book titled Emma’s Gift. She received the prestigious award at the Manitoba Book Awards ceremony held at the Marlborough Hotel in Winnipeg on Saturday, April 25, 2015. Read more: