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The Marrow Thieves
By author: Cherie Dimaline
Selling Points: Indigenous issues, dystopian, European colonialism, environment, family
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Pub Date: Sep/01/2017
Pages: 260
Fiction Ages 14+
Price:  $14.95
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In a futuristic world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America's Indigenous people, and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow, and dreams, means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a fifteen-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones and take refuge from the "recruiters" who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing "factories."
Kirkus Reviews—starred review - September 19, 2017
"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."
Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature - June 6, 2017
"Dimaline's story resonates with me. It will resonate with other Native readers, too…This story is one I'm carrying. It is about caring, about love, about how people can continue, and will continue…I highly recommend The Marrow Thieves."

Awards

Kirkus Prize, short-listed  US  2017



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