June Picks - Indigenous Authors

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Bobbi Lee, Indian rebel.

Bobbi Lee, Indian rebel.

Maracle, Lee, 1950-
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The break

The break

Vermette, Katherena, 1977- author
2016

When Stella, a young Métis mother, looks out her window one evening and spots someone in trouble on the Break , a barren field on an isolated strip of land outside her house. She calls the police to alert them to a possible crime. People who are connected, both directly and indirectly, with the victim tell their personal stories leading up to that fateful night.

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Celia's song

Celia's song

Maracle, Lee, author.
2014


Embers : one Ojibway's meditations

Embers : one Ojibway's meditations

Wagamese, Richard, author
2016


Five little Indians

Five little Indians

Good, Michelle, author
2020

Taken from their families when they are very small and sent to a remote, church-run residential school, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie are barely out of childhood when they are finally released after years of detention. Alone and without any skills, support or families, the teens find their way to the seedy and foreign world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver, where they cling together, striving to find a place of safety and belonging in a world that doesn't want them. The paths of the five friends cross and crisscross over the decades as they struggle to overcome, or at least forget, the trauma they endured during their years at the Mission. With compassion and insight, Five Little Indians chronicles the desperate quest of these residential school survivors to come to terms with their past and, ultimately, find a way forward.

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Follow the rabbit-proof fence

Follow the rabbit-proof fence

Pilkington, Doris, 1937-2014, author
2002



I lost my talk

I lost my talk

Joe, Rita, 1932-2007, author.
2019



Keeper'n me

Keeper'n me

Wagamese, Richard, author
2006


The marrow thieves

The marrow thieves

Dimaline, Cherie, 1975- author
2018

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.

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Monkey beach

Monkey beach

Robinson, Eden, author
2000


Moon of the crusted snow

Moon of the crusted snow

Rice, Waubgeshig, 1979- author
2018

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow. The community leadearship loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again.

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Ragged company

Ragged company

Wagamese, Richard, author
2009


Return of the Trickster

Return of the Trickster

Robinson, Eden, author
2021

The third and final book of the brilliant and captivating Trickster Trilogy. Jared finally knows for sure that he has no hope of ever being normal because he really is the son of Wee'git, a Trickster, and he's won the magic lottery - he is the only one of Wee'git's 535 children who is a Trickster too. Everyone else he loves is either pissed with him or in danger from the dark forces he's accidentally unleashed in their world. A horrible place to be for one whose first instinct is not mischief and mind games but to make the world around him a kinder, safer, place.

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Seven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city

Seven fallen feathers : racism, death, and hard truths in a northern city

Talaga, Tanya, author
2017

Over the span of ten years, seven high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave their reserve because there was no high school there for them to attend. Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this northern city that has come to manifest, and struggle with, human rights violations past and present against aboriginal communities.

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Son of a trickster

Son of a trickster

Robinson, Eden, author
2017


Sufferance : a novel

Sufferance : a novel

King, Thomas, 1943- author
2021

Jeremiah Camp can look into the heart of humanity and see the patterns that create opportunities and profits for the rich and powerful. Ash Locken, head of the Locken Group, the multinational consortium that Jeremiah had fled, arrives on his doorstep with a simple proposition. She wants our hero to formulate one more forecast. Before he left the Locken empire, Jeremiah had created a list of twelve names, every one a billionaire. The problem is, the people on the list are dying at an alarming and unnatural rate. And Ash Locken wants to know why.

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There there

There there

Orange, Tommy, 1982- author
2018

Here is a story of several people, each of whom has private reasons for travelling to the Big Oakland Powwow. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honour his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil Red Feather, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and has come to the powwow to dance in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion, and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and unspeakable loss. Fierce, angry, funny, heartbreaking, There There is a relentlessly paced multi-generational story about violence and recovery, memory and identity, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. A glorious, unforgettable debut.

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Tilly and the Crazy Eights

Tilly and the Crazy Eights

Gray Smith, Monique, 1968- author
2018

When Tilly receives an invitation to help drive eight elders on their ultimate bucket-list road trip, she impulsively says yes. Before she knows it, Tilly has said good-bye to her family and is on an adventure that will transform her in ways she could not predict, just as it will for the elders who soon dub themselves the "Crazy Eights". They each choose a stop, somewhere or something they've always wanted to experience, on the way to their ultimate goal, the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque. Their plan is to travel to Las Vegas, Sedona, and the Redwood Forests, with each destination the inspiration for secrets and stories to be revealed. The trip proves to be powerful medicine as they laugh, heal, argue, and dream along the way. By the time their bus rolls to a stop in New Mexico, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, with friendships forged and hearts mended, feel ready for anything. But are they?

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Trickster drift

Trickster drift

Robinson, Eden, author
2018