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The Marrow Thieves

by Cherie Dimaline

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dystopian, environment, aboriginal & indigenous
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list price: $9.99
edition:eBook
category: Fiction
published: May 2017
ISBN:9781770864870
publisher: Cormorant Books
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Shortlisted for CBC Canada Reads in 2018
Winner of the 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
Winner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
Winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
A Globe and Mail Best Book
"A timely and necessary read ... powerful and endlessly smart, it's a crucial work of fiction for people of all ages." Starred Review - Quill & Quire

 

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden - but what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

About the Author
Cherie Dimaline is a Métis author and editor whose award-winning fiction has been published and anthologized internationally. Her first book, Red Rooms, was published in 2007 and her novel The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy was released in 2013. In 2014, she was named the Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and became the first Aboriginal Writer in Residence for the Toronto Public Library. Her book A Gentle Habit was published in August 2016. The Marrow Thieves has won the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Kirkus Prize; it is a finalist for the White Pine Award, was named to the Globe and Mail Top 100 and was selected for CBC’s Canada Reads.
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
13 to 100
Grade:
8 to 17
Awards
  • Winner, One Book, One London
  • Short-listed, Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic
  • Short-listed, CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature
  • Short-listed, Amy Mather Teen Book Award
  • Short-listed, Indigenous Literature Award
  • Short-listed, CBC Canada Reads
  • Short-listed, Ruth and Sylvia Schwarts Children's Book Award
  • Winner, One Book, One Brampton
  • , Forest of Reading - White Pine Awards
  • Commended, OLA Best Bets
  • Winner, Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
  • Winner, Kirkus Prize (Young Readers' Literature)
Editorial Reviews

There's a quality in Dimaline's writing that reached from the page, into my being ... That's a specific reference to the residential schools of the past, where so much was taken from Native children. It is one of many points in The Marrow Thieves where - painfully or with exquisite beauty - Dimaline's story resonates with me. It will resonate with other Native readers, too, especially those who are Anishinabe. Several tribal nations are mentioned in here, too ... There's so much more to say ... about Miggs and Isaac, about Ri, about Minerva, about French. But I'll stop and let you be with these achingly dear characters. I highly recommend The Marrow Thieves.

— American Indians in Children's Literature

"A timely and necessary read ... powerful and endlessly smart, it’s a crucial work of fiction for people of all ages." Starred review

— Quill & Quire

In The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline creates a near-future world which distinctly echoes our own, current and past traumas that have come back to repeat themselves, fiction with a basis in reality that gives the narrative a sheen of hard truths, following the trials and tribulations of a relatable cast of characters and their struggles to survive, and live their lives with the love and safety denied to them. The high-stakes tension of each scene pulls the reader along through the story, with a core message about our dreams and culture, which despite losses, has the potential to heal, and the power to restore.

— Trillium Book Award Jury Citation

“Miigwans is a true hero; in him Dimaline creates a character of tremendous emotional depth and tenderness, connecting readers with the complexity and compassion of Indigenous people. A dystopian world that is all too real and that has much to say about our own.” Starred review

— Kirkus Reviews

"[The Marrow Thieves] brilliantly connects the legacy of residential schools to a dystopian post-climate-change future where only Indigenous people are able to dream. Dimaline’s novel reminds us of the power of storytelling and the importance of community, reinforced for the disenfranchised children by the wisdom of the heroic elder, Miigwans. The writing is painful yet beautiful, bleak but ultimately hopeful. In this era of reconciliation, Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves is a work of speculative fiction that resonates and stays with the reader long past the last page."

— Sunburst Award Jury Citation

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