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Children's Nonfiction Native American

Dreaming in Indian

Contemporary Native American Voices

by (author) Lisa Charleyboy & Mary Beth Leatherdale

Annick Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2016
Native American, General
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Mar 2016
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Jul 2014
    List Price

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 12 to 18
  • Grade: 6 to 12
  • Reading age: 12 to 18


A highly-acclaimed anthology about growing up Native—now in paperback.

*Best Books of 2014, American Indians in Children’s Literature *Best Book of 2014, Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature *2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book Honor List

A collection truly universal in its themes, Dreaming in Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes about Native peoples and offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Native.

Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing their hopes for the future, this book refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, brutally—and beautifully—honest, this book is sure to appeal to young adults everywhere.

“Not to be missed.”—School Library Journal, *starred review

“…a uniquely valuable resource.” —Kirkus Reviews, *starred review

“… wide-ranging and emotionally potent …”—Publishers Weekly

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

Lisa Charleyboy's profile page

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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  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category
  • Winner, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books
  • Joint winner, Best Book Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer Award
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities Read Award
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List
  • Short-listed, First Nations Communities Read
  • Joint winner, White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award
  • Joint winner, Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews
  • Long-listed, Kirkus Prize
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver
  • Commended, Information Book Award, Honor Book
  • Winner, American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award
  • Winner, Best Books American Indians in Children’s Literature
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal 42 Top Diverse YA books
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award

Editorial Reviews

“This is a dynamic, thoughtful design and gets my (personal) award for stunning-est book of the year.”

School Library Journal Printzblog, 01/10/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”

Green Teacher, Summer/16

“Dreaming in Indian has a vibrancy I've not seen in anything else.”

American Indians in Children’s Literature, 09/08/14

“[A] dizzyingly eclectic anthology.”

Horn Book, 01/15

“Belongs in every middle school, high school and public library.”

CM Reviews, 05/22/15

“Effectively presents honest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living non-stereotypical lives. Not to be missed.”

School Library Journal, *starred review, 11/14

“A masterful anthology that begs to be read in classrooms and with families.”

Sal’s Fiction?Addiction, 01/12/15

“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource.”

Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/14

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection.”

Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries.”

Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“An outstanding anthology sure to engage youth in discussions about 21st century Native American culture.”

Library Thing, 10/15/14

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection.”

Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

“A hectic, colourful, startling book . . . There is much here to celebrate, but the collection does not allow the reader the luxury of complacency.”

Quill & Quire, 11/14

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”

Green Teacher, Summer/16

“An exceptional anthology.”

Indian Country Today Media Network, 12/30/15

“The volume’s breadth and honesty is its strength.”

Library Media Connection, 06/14

“A rewarding book.”

Resource Links, 02/15

Librarian Reviews

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices

Native artists and writers contribute heartfelt pieces about growing up Native.

This powerful collection allows students to read about artists who understand what it is like to grow up Native. Young adult readers will find remarkable text and images that tell stories about the dreams and challenges of Aboriginal identity. Multi-modal text features (e.g. poetry, photographs, song, art work, narratives) add to the power of this book.

Also available: Urban Tribes: Native Americans in the City @urbannativegirl

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

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