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Contemporary Native American Voices

edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

School Library Journal Best Books Kirkus Best Books Best Books, American Indians in Children’s Literature Best Book, Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews Information Book Award, Honor Book, Children’s Literature Roundtables of Canada Best Regional Non-fiction, Independent Publisher Book Awards Skipping Stones Honor Award Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award Nautilus Award, Silver School Library Journal 42 Top Diverse YA books da Vinci Eye Award finalist Eric Hoffer Award finalist First Nation Communities Read Award finalist Kirkus Prize nomination

A powerful and visually stunning anthology from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

Truly universal in its themes, Dreaming In Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes and challenge readers to rethink their own place in the world. Divided into four sections, ‘Roots,’ ‘Battles,’ ‘Medicines,’ and ‘Dreamcatchers,’ this book offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

Emerging and established Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, renowned visual artist Bunky Echo Hawk, and stand-up comedian Ryan McMahon, contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Indigenous, expressing them through such mediums as art, food, the written word, sport, dance, and fashion. Renowned chef Aaron Bear Robe, for example, explains how he introduces restaurant customers to his culture by reinventing traditional dishes. And in a dramatic photo spread, model Ashley Callingbull and photographer Thosh Collins reappropriate the trend of wearing ‘Native’ clothing.

Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing hopes for the future, Dreaming In Indian refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest, this book will to appeal to young adult readers. An innovative and captivating design enhances each contribution and makes for a truly unique reading experience.

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“Effectively presents honest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living non-stereotypical lives. Not to be missed.”
—School Library Journal, *starred review, 11/14

“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/14

“It’s hard to imagine a middle- or high-school classroom that wouldn’t benefit from having this.”
—Booklist, 02/15

“Beautifully produced, this is a powerful book.”
—National Reading Campaign, Readerly, 10/24/14

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection.”
—Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

Dreaming in Indian has a vibrancy I've not seen in anything else.”
—American Indians in Children’s Literature, 09/08/14

“[A] dizzyingly eclectic anthology.”
—Horn Book, 01/15

“This is a dynamic, thoughtful design and gets my (personal) award for stunning-est book of the year.”
—School Library Journal Printzblog, 01/10/15

“The volume’s breadth and honesty is its strength.”
—Library Media Connection, 06/14

“A hectic, colourful, startling book . . . There is much here to celebrate, but the collection does not allow the reader the luxury of complacency.”
—Quill & Quire, 11/14

“Belongs in every middle school, high school and public library.”
—CM Reviews, 05/22/15

“An outstanding anthology sure to engage youth in discussions about 21st century Native American culture.”
—Library Thing, 10/15/14

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation.”
—Green Teacher, Summer/16

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries.”
—Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“A rewarding book.”
—Resource Links, 02/15

“A masterful anthology that begs to be read in classrooms and with families.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 01/12/15

“[A] wonderful book that shows that besides embracing their culture they also have many different interests that don’t seem to coincide with the stereotypical view or image that the world is continually shown.”
—A Book Girlʼs World, 10/02/14

“An exceptional anthology.”
—Indian Country Today Media Network, 12/30/15

“An excellent and important book for Native and non-Native readers alike.”
—The Socially Awkward Bookworm, 09/09/14

“I hope many libraries will buy this book, which will hopefully be an inspiration to all young people, no matter what their cultural background.”
—Polly Ross, Librarian, Aurora Public Library, 09/30/14

“The incredible beauty of this book is found in the turning of the page.”
—Reading Through Life, 01/18/15

“A collection which is just as strong visually as it as in its text.”
—Quebec Library Association Bulletin, 08/15

“Insightful, thought-provoking, and beautifully honest.”
—Cynthia Leitich Smith blogspot, 02/12/15

“A great resource for teachers.”
—Unleashing Readers, 02/19/15

“Mind blowing . . . in the best possible way.”
—Randomly Reading, 03/03/15

“A valuable resource for teachers looking to engage students in a discussion centered around a variety of textual formats.”
—Seven Eight Library, 03/29/15

“With its stories of tragedy, conflict, and success, this collection will draw readers in from start to finish.”
—Reading Matters, South Carolina IRA State Council, Winter/2016


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