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category: Children's Fiction
published: Aug 2009
publisher: Coteau Books

Fight for Justice

by Lori Saigeon

tagged: intermediate
About the Author

Lori Saigeon

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
8 to 11
3 to 6


Top  Grade
Librarian review

Fight for Justice

Ten-year-old Justice feels like the "man of the house" for his twin sister Charity and their mom. But when his classmate Trey bullies him, he doesn't know what to do. Then on a family visit to their home reserve, Justice helps his mushum (grandfather) fix his snowmobile and finds the courage to talk about Trey. Through Mushum' stories and actions, he begins to understand why people bully and some possible ways to deal with them.

This is a book that can be shared to teach about dealing with bullies, and is essential for encouraging those who have been targeted to speak up to their peers, family, or teachers about being tormented. It also takes readers into the life of an Aboriginal boy and describes the relationship he has with his grandparents who lives on a reserve. Told in short chapters, this book might appeal to reluctant readers.

Teacher’s guide available (http://coteaubooks.com/assets/HTML/pdfs/teacher_resources/Fight%20for%20Justice%20Study%20Guide.pdf)

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Top Grade Selection 2016.

Association of Book Publishers of BC
Librarian review

Fight for Justice

When Justice and his twin sister Charity become the targets of bullying, Justice feels it is up to him to defend his family’s honour. But the bullies are bigger and more violent than he is and the situation seems beyond resolve. Afraid that telling will only make things worse, Justice hides the truth. His favourite place is the reserve where his Mushum and Kokum live and there Justice finds some peace as well as some good advice. With help from his family his self-confidence grows and Justice learns to look at the world that the bullies live in and to stand up for himself without resorting to violence.

Source: The Association of Book Publishers of BC. Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools. 2011-2012.

Canadian Children's  Book Centre
Librarian review

Fight for Justice

Except for his problems with a local bully, 10-year-old Justice Stonyplain lives a good life in the city with his twin sister Charity and his mother. He especially loves going to the reserve – a place where he can run free and explore – to see his Kokum and Mushom, his mother’s parents. His Mushom has taught him many skills and the two of them enjoy doing things together. In fact, when his teacher asks the students to do a presentation on a city or important place, Justice picks the reserve.

When his classmate Trey starts picking on Justice – and sometimes Charity – at school and in the neighbourhood, Justice doesn’t know how to respond. Should he be “the man of the house” and protect his sister? Should he stop being “wimpy” and try to take revenge? Should he try to avoid the bullies and, if so, how? One thing he is sure of: he can’t tell his mother or the teachers.

While Justice struggles with this problem, there are lots of small victories and joys in his life – taking his first jump off the high diving board with his daredevil friend Vance, getting so excited about his project that he actually enjoys the presentation. There is also the growing realization that other children may not have the strong family that he does.

In the end, he and Charity are forced to tell the adults about the bullying, but it is Justice’s own strength and action (built on what he has learned from his Mushom and his mother) that solves the problem.

This is a first novel from Regina author and elementary school teacher Lori Saigeon and she draws on her experiences teaching in inner city schools. She marries a universal story – dealing with a bully – with the particular details of a Canadian city and the reserve in a gentle, positive and authentic tale.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

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