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The Missing

by Melanie Florence

tagged: native canadian, violence, mysteries & detective stories, prejudice & racism
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ISBN:9781459410855
publisher: James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
imprint: Lorimer
Description

After a girl she knows from school goes missing and is found dead in the Red River, Feather is shocked when the police write it off as a suicide. Then, it's Feather's best friend, Mia, who vanishes — but Mia's mom and abusive stepfather paint Mia as a frequent runaway, so the authorities won't investigate her disappearance either. Everyone knows that Native girls are disappearing and being killed, but no one is connecting the dots.

When Feather's brother Kiowa is arrested under suspicion of Mia's abduction, Feather knows she has to clear his name. What Feather doesn't know is that the young serial killer who has taken Mia has become obsessed with Feather, and her investigation is leading her into terrible danger.

Using as its background the ongoing circumstance of unsolved cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, this fictional thriller set in Winnipeg explores one teenager's response to a system that has long denied and misrepresented the problem.

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, a story that shares the same setting and characters as Dreaming in Color. She lives in Toronto.

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Contributor Notes

MELANIE FLORENCE is a proud Cree and a full-time writer based in Toronto. She is the author of Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools, the SideStreets novel One Night and the Recordbooks title Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, which was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association.

Recommended Age and Grade
Age:
13 to 18
Grade:
9 to 12
Awards
  • Commended, Canadian Children's Book Centre Best Books for Kids & Teens
  • Winner, Resource Links The Year's Best
Editorial Reviews

"Set against the backdrop of the plight of Aboriginal women in Canada and the general indifference of the local authorities, the book makes a compelling and heart-breaking case of the issue ... Narration is on-point and keeps you glued to the story. The story also touches the various problems faced by the teenagers, including the vicious rumor factory, life at foster care, molestation, racism, homosexuality, etc., highlighting the importance of a good, supportive family... The story is entertaining and with keep you engrossed."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"Melanie Florence's young adult novel The Missing reveals the world of missing girls and women in Winnipeg. It is a tragic issue that has been ignored for so long and by so many... The mystery of the young ladies' abductions and deaths is creatively written. The short chapters move quickly. The many twists and turns make The Missing a true page-turner. The author explores many social issues?prejudice, racism, sexual abuse, missing aboriginal children and women, foster care, social media and the flawed justice system. Every secondary school library information centre should have a copy of Melanie Florence's The Missing."

— Educator and NetGalley Reviewer

"This book is filled with suspense and is very interesting. It makes you want to keep on reading! I hope there are more books like this. It's not too scary and it has the right amount of suspense."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"Many teens will be surprised to learn the statistics concerning violence against Aboriginal women in Canada that are quoted by Feather and her mother are true, as are the concerns about inadequate police investigation in cases of missing or murdered Native women. True to reality, Mia's story does not end happily. This quick-paced thriller will appeal to reluctant readers and fans of shows like Law & Order."

— Voices of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

"There are a lot of serious subjects tackled in the book, such as the disappearance of Native girls being ignored by the police, anti-gay sentiments, child abuse, and victim blaming ... The book is written for reluctant readers, and achieves the aim of mature subjects written in easier language."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"This was a very interesting book to read. I am always intrigued by missing people and the details surrounding their disappearance. I was glued to this book from page one. I recommend this book to anyone who is intrigued by the mystery of a disappearance."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"While there has been much discussion and focus on the plight of indigenous women in Canadian society recently, it is a work like Melanie Florence's The Missing that helps bring understanding and empathy to them...In short, a great piece of literature."

— Steven Buechler, Blogger

"Issues drive the plot ... in this very brief contemporary novel, making for an informative, swift read."

— Kirkus Reviews

"I really enjoyed it ... A quick, easy, and enjoyable read ... filled with teen life, high school drama and gossip, and the struggles of trying to survive day to day."

— NetGalley Reviewer

"The Missing's plot, a mystery that includes missing teenage girls, high school gossip, and a creepy step father, will appeal to middle and high school students. The lower reading level makes it accessible to reluctant and/or struggling readers."

— Judy Gottschalk, Educator

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