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The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

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Winner of the 2017 Governor General''s Literary Award (Young People''s Literature - Text)
Winner of the 2017 Kirkus Prize
Winner of the 2018 Sunburst Award
Winner of the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award
Winner of the 2018 Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit and Métis Young Adult Literature

Just when you think you have nothing left to lose, they come for your dreams.

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.

Living in Ontario, Cherie Dimaline moved from the Georgian Bay Metis Community to her current place of residence, Toronto. Her childhood summers were spent back in her Metis community. During the time spent back home, Dimaline learned stories from her family that she was then able to pass onto her cousins. Her father is a magician, and growing up she worked for him as a magician's assistant. From then on, Dimaline worked a variety of jobs, being employed as a curator for a museum, high-level manager for an investment company, and a director of a women's resource center. 

Paperback, 180 pages, teen fiction, Recommended ages 13+

CHERIE DIMALINE is an author from the Georgian Bay Métis Community. Her book The Marrow Thieves, won the prestigious Kirkus Prize for Young Readers' Literature, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, and the Governor General's Literary Award, among others. It was named a Book of the Year on numerous lists, including those from NPR, the School Library Journal, the New York Public Library, the Globe and Mail, Quill & Quire, and the CBC. Its sequel, Hunting by Stars, was published in 2021 to great acclaim, and has been selected as Book of the Year from NPR, Indigo, and Kobo, and is a Good Morning America Buzz Pick, as well as a Cityline Book Club Pick for December 2021.

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