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Voices of Native American Women

edited by Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
NON-CLASSIFIABLE, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Social Activism & Volunteering, Girls & Women
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    Sep 2017
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    Sep 2017
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    Dec 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 14 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 14 to 18


Native Women demand to be heard in this stunning anthology.

Whether looking back to a troubled past or welcoming a hopeful future, the powerful voices of Indigenous women across North America resound in this book. In the same style as the best-selling Dreaming in Indian, #Not Your Princess presents an eclectic collection of poems, essays, interviews, and art that combine to express the experience of being a Native woman. Stories of abuse, humiliation, and stereotyping are countered by the voices of passionate women making themselves heard and demanding change. Sometimes angry, often reflective, but always strong, the women in this book will give teen readers insight into the lives of women who, for so long, have been virtually invisible.

About the authors

Lisa Charleyboy is a storyteller living in Toronto, who has a background in fashion and a heart in all things Indigenous. She has written about everything from Native appropriations and pop-culture to politics, and has been named one of Toronto’s Top Bloggers and one of Canada’s Top Ten Fashion Bloggers. Recently, she has been touted by Huffington Post as one of three Aboriginal Millennials to watch, and recommended for a Toronto DiverseCity Fellowship for 2013-2014.With over eight years as a published writer, she has written for publications such as The Guardian, CBC, THIS Magazine, Spirituality & Health, Job Postings, and SPIRIT Magazine.Lisa started reading at the young age of four when her mother discovered her reading to her neighbor. She clearly loves the written word and spent most of her childhood with her nose buried in books—she would even get in trouble for trying to bring her books to the dinner table!Her love of writing began as a young adu

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Mary Beth Leatherdale is a seasoned veteran of children’s publishing, having written, edited, and consulted on children’s books, magazines, and educational resources for more than twenty-five years. She was a founding editor of Chirp, Canada’s first pre-school magazine, and the editor of OWL magazine. As Editorial Director at Owlkids, Mary Beth oversaw the publishing program for Chirp, chickaDEE,and OWL, as well as the development of a number of award-winning books. She was the Senior Acquisitions Editor for McGraw-Hill Ryerson’s iLit Digital Collection, developing an online bank of original works by leading Canadian authors for high school English students. Recently, she edited Legends, Icons & Rebels by Grammy-award winner Robbie Robertson and music industry veterans Jim Guerinot, Sebastian Robertson, and Jared Levine.Mary Beth’s interest in Indigenous issues developed early while attending Howard Harwich Moravian Public School (now called the N

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  • Nominated, Lincoln Award
  • Short-listed, Next Generation Indie Book Award
  • Nominated, Red Maple Award
  • Joint winner, Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Joint winner, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Bronze
  • Joint winner, Top Ten Best Bet, Ontario Library Association
  • Joint winner, Texas TAYSHAS Reading List
  • Joint winner, Nautilus Award, Silver
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Award
  • Joint winner, Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Joint winner, Read Indigenous List, Toronto Public Library
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Literature Award, First Nation Communities READ
  • Nominated, Norma Fleck Award
  • Short-listed, Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Nominated, Amelia Bloomer Book List, ALA
  • Joint winner, Books of the Year, Quill & Quire
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books List
  • Short-listed, Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, YALSA
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Reviews Best Books List
  • Joint winner, American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Books List

Editorial Reviews

“A stunning anthology of creative writing and art . . . All YA collections will want this.”

School Library Journal, *starred review, 09/01/17

“Librarians, teachers, parents: please put this book into girls’ and teens’ hands.”

Resource Links, 12/17

“Beautiful, angry and insistent, this collection of the voices of Native women belongs on the shelves of every library serving teens.”

Waking Brain Cells, 11/01/17

“Bursts with inspiration, beauty and self-awareness.”

The Globe and Mail, 11/04/17

“Will educate teens and give them perspective on a subject that is often ignored.”

HeraldNet, 03/15/18

“Provocative, thoughtful and sometimes humorous, this book showcases tenacious and talented indigenous women ready to take on the world.”

The Washington Post, 12/04/17

“This book truly has the potential to change minds . . . Do what you need to do to get this book and put it into the hands of teen (and adult) readers.”

Abby the Librarian, 11/20/17

“Both testament to the complexity of Indigenous women’s identities and ferocious statement that these women fully inhabit the modern world.”

Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 07/15/17

“One of the collection’s biggest strengths is the sheer range of work . . . Every turn of the page is exciting, which is exactly what you need in a book like this.”

THIS Magazine, 10/24/17

“Fills an under-represented niche.”

Booklist, 09/15/17

“The design is dramatic, authentic, and full of observation and wisdom. It provokes thought and causes readers to reflect and consider alternate ways of looking at diversity, history and identity. You should read it, and then share it!”

Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 03/10/18

“Visceral and eye-opening . . . [a] small but mighty read.”

Book Page, 11/15/18

“Highly Recommended . . . What you see and read in this book will linger in your head and heart.”

American Indians in Children’s Literature, 10/04/17

“Often edgy, and always provocative.”

CM Reviews, 02/02/18

“So right for the times.”

Vancouver Sun, 12/01/17

“A touching collection.”

Christian Library Journal, 09/27/18

“A moving and powerful collection that draws strength from the variety of voices and lived experiences it represents.”

Publishers Weekly, 08/21/17

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