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Rez Rebel

by Melanie Florence

tagged: suicide, parents, aboriginal & indigenous, coming of age
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published: May 2017
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publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer
Description

Floyd Twofeathers has always trusted his mom, a traditional healer, and his dad, hereditary chief of their band, to take care of the people on their reserve. But a lack of educational and career opportunities, medical support and counselling has left young people feeling that they have no future. As suicides pile up, Floyd finds that his friends and kids he knows are taking their own lives because they feel that they have no future — but his father refuses to listen to Floyd's attempts to find a realistic solution. When Floyd's father is overwhelmed by the situation and succumbs to alcohol and depression, it is up to Floyd to turn around his community's descent into crisis before it's too late.

Set in a situation of suicide contagion among young people in Aboriginal communities, this novel follows one teenager's determined efforts to help his friends and his community find solutions.

About the Author

Melanie Florence is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Indigenous themes and characters. She is the author of Missing Nimâmâ (Clockwise Press), which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, Stolen Words (Second Story Press), which won the 2018 Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children's Book Award and the bestselling He Who Dreams in the Orca Limelights line. She lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

MELANIE FLORENCE is a writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She was close to her grandfather as a child, a relationship that sparked her interest in writing about Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools, which was named an OLA Best Bet for Young Adult Non-Fiction and a CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens. Melanie's other books include the teen novels The Missing, One Night, and Rez Runaway, the picture book Missing Nimama, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and the Recordbooks title Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Long-listed, Forest of Reading Golden Oak
  • Long-listed, Forest of Reading Red Maple
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection -- Canadian Children's Book Centre
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens Starred Selection - Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Reviews

"A good opening into Native American reservations and their issues that the federal government needs to address."

— Educator, NetGalley Reviewer

"The voice she uses, that of a determined young man who refuses to accept the status quo is believable, direct and engaging."

— Atlantic Books Today

"This was an incredibly moving book about the hardships Indigenous people and the increasing amount of suicides happening on reservations."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"The intended reader will be inspired by the energy and commitment that drives Floyd and his friends to bring peace and hope to his community. Rated good, even great at times, generally useful!"

— Resource Links

"This is a look at life that few people who don't live it ever get to see. A raw, unapologetic look. It's brilliantly written and heartbreaking, knowing how hopeless these kids feel. "

— NetGalley

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