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Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 208
Themes: children's rights, youth activism, Native rights
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 01/Oct/2011
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The true story of Shannen Koostachin and the people of Attawapiskat First Nation, a Northern Cree community, who have been fighting for a new school since 1979 when a fuel spill contaminated their original school building. Shannen's fight took her all the way to Parliament Hill and was taken up by children around the world. Shannen’s dream continues today with the work of the Shannen's Dream organization and those everywhere who are fighting for the rights of Aboriginal children.

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. "
The Toronto Star
This readable, inspiring story is thoroughly engaging. It’s both informative and politically rousing; even more precious than these qualities, perhaps, is its portrait of a Northern family and community.
Good News Toronto
Shannen was truly a young lady to be admired and emulated.
Canadian Teacher Magazine
The many non-fiction text features (photographs, captions, quotes, excerpts from newspaper articles, maps, diagrams, fact boxes, a timeline, glossary) plus a lively writing style make this an accessible book for a variety of young readers.
Sal's Fiction Addiction
In this fictionalized and well-written account of Shannen's quest for justice for Aboriginal schooling Janet Wilson gives voice to the issue.
Another Step to Take blog
This book should be mandatory reading material for middle school students. It is a gentle introduction to the way in which Canada has failed to live up to its treaty obligations.


First Nation Communities Read  | 2012 | Winner
ForeWord Book of the Year Award  | 2011 | Short-listed
Silver Birch Award  | 2013 | Short-listed
Red Cedar Award  | 2013 | Short-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award  | 2013 | Short-listed

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