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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 132
Themes: children's rights, youth activism, Native rights
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2011
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It is 2008, and thirteen-year-old Shannen and the other students at J.R. Nakogee Elementary are tired of attending class in portables that smell and don't keep out the cold winter air. They make a YouTube video describing the poor conditions, and their plea for a decent school attracts attention and support from community leaders and children across the country. Inspired, the students decide to turn their grade-eight class trip into a visit to Ottawa, to speak to the Canadian government. Once there, Shannen speaks passionately to the politicians about the need to give Native children the opportunity to succeed. The following summer, Shannen is nominated for the International Children's Peace Prize. Tragically, Shannen was killed in a car crash in 2010, and was not able to see the dream of her school fulfilled. Her family, friends and supporters continue to honor her memory as they work for equality for children in Native communities everywhere.

CM Magazine
"Wilson has written a powerful account of the true story of one Aboriginal girl's fight for safe and comfortable schools for all children...The text is written in an accessible manner which will appeal to a wide range of readers. The photographs make Shannen's quest come alive. The quotations at the beginning of each chapter also very effectively express the urgency of Shannen's dream for justice in the educational environment of First Nations children...Highly Recommended. "


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Information Book Award nominee  | 2012 | Long-listed
Red Cedar Book Award nominee  | 2012 | Short-listed

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