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Young Adult Fiction Suicide

Rez Rebel

by (author) Melanie Florence

James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Initial publish date
May 2017
Suicide, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Coming of Age, Parents
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    Publish Date
    May 2017
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    Apr 2017
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 13 to 18
  • Grade: 9 to 12
  • Reading age: 8 to 10


Floyd Twofeathers has always trusted his mom, a traditional healer, and his dad, hereditary chief of their band, to take care of the people on their reserve. But a lack of educational and career opportunities, medical support and counselling has left young people feeling that they have no future. As suicides pile up, Floyd finds that his friends and kids he knows are taking their own lives because they feel that they have no future — but his father refuses to listen to Floyd's attempts to find a realistic solution. When Floyd's father is overwhelmed by the situation and succumbs to alcohol and depression, it is up to Floyd to turn around his community's descent into crisis before it's too late.

Set in a situation of suicide contagion among young people in Aboriginal communities, this novel follows one teenager's determined efforts to help his friends and his community find solutions.

About the author


Melanie Florence est auteure canadienne de descendance crie et écossaise. Son premier livre, Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows of the First Inuit to Play in the NHL , a été choisi comme livre d'honneur par l'American Indian Library Association. Ses œuvres de fiction sont le roman pour ados One Night ainsi que l'album illustré Missing Nimama, gagnant du Prix TD de la littérature jeunesse. Melanie habite à Toronto.


MELANIE FLORENCE is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto, Ontario. She is the author of Missing Nimâmâ, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her most recent picture book, Stolen Words, won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award and was a finalist for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Her other books include Righting Canada’s Wrongs: Residential Schools and the teen novels Just Lucky, He Who Dreams, The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway. Visit her at


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  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection - Canadian Children's Book Centre

Editorial Reviews

"The voice she uses, that of a determined young man who refuses to accept the status quo is believable, direct and engaging."

Atlantic Books Today

"The intended reader will be inspired by the energy and commitment that drives Floyd and his friends to bring peace and hope to his community. Rated good, even great at times, generally useful!"

Resource Links

"A good opening into Native American reservations and their issues that the federal government needs to address."

Educator, NetGalley Reviewer

"This was an incredibly moving book about the hardships Indigenous people and the increasing amount of suicides happening on reservations."

NetGalley Reviewer

"This is a look at life that few people who don't live it ever get to see. A raw, unapologetic look. It's brilliantly written and heartbreaking, knowing how hopeless these kids feel. "


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