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Fiction Ages 14+
Pages: 260
Themes: Indigenous issues, dystopian, European colonialism, environment, family
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Pub Date: 01/09/2017
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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.

School Library Journal—starred review - December 1, 2017
"Dimaline writes elegant prose that grabs the reader and carries them into this dark and passionate world. The author has created a rich work of postapocalyptic fiction without the dense exposition often found in the genre. A riveting science fiction novel that is a must-buy for any library seeking to expand their teen collections."
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  | 2017 | Winner
White Pine Award  | 2018 | Short-listed
Governor General's Literary Award  | 2017 | Winner
AICL's Best Books  | 2017 | Commended
Cybils Awrds&38212Young Adult Speculative Fiction  | 2017 | Short-listed
NPR Best Books  | 2017 | Commended
OLA Top Ten Best Bets  | 2017 | Commended
Quill & Quire Best Books of the Year  | 2017 | Commended
AILA American Indian Youth Literature Young Adult Honor Book  | 2018 | Commended

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