Story: Wendy Maxwell

Illustrations: Jana Tubinshlak

Appropriate for ages: 7-12

The story begins the morning of a school field trip to the former site of an Algonquin settlement near Ottawa. As a teenage girl named Renée is preparing to leave, she and her mother argue over her lack of responsibility. Renée is not interested in this field trip and makes it very clear that she would rather be at the mall with her friends. During the excursion, Renée trips and falls in the forest. Suddenly things change and she finds herself among the Algonquins. Is this real or just a dream? This story deals with relationships between adolescents and adults today and compares them with the relationships between people of different eras in native societies. Respect and awareness of the environment is another subject that is important in this story.

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