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Young Adult Fiction Aboriginal & Indigenous

April Raintree

by (author) Beatrice Mosionier

foreword by Murray Sinclair

Portage & Main Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Aboriginal & Indigenous, Prejudice & Racism, Coming of Age, Suicide, Orphans & Foster Homes
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2016
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 15 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12


April Raintree is the story of two sisters, separated from their family and one another. Despite that, the bond between them grows, as they navigate a society that is, at times, indifferent, hostile, and violent. Through this work of fiction, author Beatrice Mosionier reflects the all-too-harsh reality facing Indigenous people today—as well as a message of hope, healing, and reclamation. Based on the adult novel In Search of April Raintree, April Raintree has been revised specifically for students in grades 9 through 12.

The first edition of April Raintree, published in 1984, has since touched many generations of readers, becoming a Canadian school classic.

Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for In Search of April Raintree and April Raintree.  A FREE copy of the guide is available for download on the HighWater Press website.

About the authors

Beatrice Mosionier (formerly Culleton) was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. The youngest of four children, she grew up in foster homes. Following the second suicide in her family, she decided to write a novel. First published in 1983, In Search of April Raintree has become a Canadian Classic.Mosionier's second novel is In the Shadow of Evil, now a re-edited version. A psychological thriller with many plot twists, it tells the story of a Metis woman, Christine, and of her experiences of prejudice, sexual abuse and foster homes in Canada. Her story is juxtaposed by the life struggles of a family of wolves at the fictional Shadow Lake. As with much of her works, this novel focuses on themes of self-forgiveness, power, healing, and how one must deal with the past before moving forward effectively.She has also written children's books, including Unusual Friendships: A Little Black Cat and a Little White Rat. Her most recent work is Come Walk with Me: A Memoir. Beatrice lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Editorial Reviews

The first time I ever saw a copy of April Raintree was on orientation day of my teacher education program in 1984. We were handed a copy of the book and were asked to read it and come prepared to discuss it with our peers. April Raintree opened my eyes and heart to issues such as Aboriginal children and families being separated from each other, culture, and identity. The book as has rich story for students and educators and has a dynamic voice of hope and reconciliation.

Helen Robinson-Settee, Director, Aboriginal Education Directorate, Manitoba Education and Training

The telling of this story is a wakeup call to the need for Indigenous children to feel value and validity in their sense of identity. It's about what happens to those who can't. There is a sadness buried between the lines, and yet it is a story of resiliency, of healing, and of triumph. Every child should read this.

Senator Murray Sinclair

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