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Children's Fiction Native Canadian

Melanie Bluelake's Dream

by (author) Betty Fitzpatrick Dorion

illustrated by Sherry Farrell Racette

Coteau Books
Initial publish date
Jan 1995
Native Canadian, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Alternative Family
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    Publish Date
    Jan 1995
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 4 to 6


The spirited heroine of Betty Dorion's juvenile novel certainly makes the best of things. She forms a close friendship with Rachel, a fellow Cree, and refuses to be bugged by Tanya, a classmate who seems determined to make her life miserable. But Melanie finds herself pulled between the familiar and the strange. She likes her new friend but never stops thinking of the gang on the reserve. She supports her single mother's efforts to better their lives by finishing high school, but longs for the loving comforts of Kokum, her grandmother back home.

Melanie Bluelake's Dream provides a vivid child's-eye glimpse into a process happening every day on streets and in schools throughout Canada. With refreshing clarity, it captures the ambivalence felt by many Native people struggling to feel at home in an urban world of someone else's making.

About the authors

Betty Dorion's first novel, Melanie Bluelake's Dream, was a finalist for the Silver Birch Award in Ontario, the Young Readers' Choice Award in Manitoba, and two Saskatchewan Book Awards.Born, raised and educated as a teacher in Newfoundland, Betty Dorion moved to Saskatchewan in 1975, living and teaching at a number of reserve schools until moving to Prince Albert in 1980, where she continues writing and teaching to this day.

Betty Fitzpatrick Dorion's profile page

Sherry Farrell Racette is an artist and educator. She has been painting, drawing and making things since she was little. Sherry received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Certificate in Secondary Education from the University of Maitoba and later, a Masters in Education from the University of Regina.A member of the Timiskaming Band of Algonquins in Quebec, Sherry was born in Manitoba and has been involved in Indian and Metis education for many years. She is currently an assistant professor with the Faculty of Education, University of Regina.Sherry wrote and illustrated The Flower Beadwork People for the Gabriel Dumont Institute and recently illustrated Maria Campbell’s Stories of the Road Allowance People (Theytus Press).

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  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Award, Ontario Young Readers' Choice Awards

Other titles by Sherry Farrell Racette