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Dreaming in Indian - Contemporary Native American Voices

Dreaming in Indian

Contemporary Native American Voices

Interest Age: 12+
Grade: 6+
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Reading Level: Lexile 1040L
Hardcover : 9781554516872, 128 pages, July 2014 , 11.27" x 8.77"
Paperback : 9781554516865, 128 pages, March 2016 , 11" x 8.5"
Rights sold: English


A highly-acclaimed anthology about growing up Native—now in paperback.

*Best Books of 2014, American Indians in Children’s Literature
*Best Book of 2014, Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature
*2015 USBBY Outstanding International Book Honor List

A collection truly universal in its themes, Dreaming in Indian will shatter commonly held stereotypes about Native peoples and offers readers a unique insight into a community often misunderstood and misrepresented by the mainstream media.

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 Native.

Whether addressing the effects of residential schools, calling out bullies through personal manifestos, or simply citing their hopes for the future, this book refuses to shy away from difficult topics. Insightful, thought-provoking, brutally—and beautifully—honest, this book is sure to appeal to young adults everywhere.

“Not to be missed. ”—School Library Journal, *starred review

“…a uniquely valuable resource. ” —Kirkus Reviews, *starred review

“… wide-ranging and emotionally potent …”—Publishers Weekly


  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category 2020
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2014
  • Long-listed, Kirkus Prize 2014
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards 2014
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books 2014
  • Winner, Best Books American Indians in Children’s Literature 2014
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal 42 Top Diverse YA books 2014
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award 2014
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities Read Award 2014
  • Commended, Information Book Award, Honor Book 2014
  • Joint winner, Best Book Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature 2014
  • Joint winner, Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews 2014
  • Short-listed, First Nations Communities Read 2014
  • Winner, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada 2014
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award 2014
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer Award 2014
  • Joint winner, White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 2014
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver 2014
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List 2014
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books 2014
  • Winner, American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award 2014


“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

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation. ”

- Green Teacher, Summer/16

“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

“Belongs in every middle school, high school and public library. ”

- CM Reviews, 05/22/15

“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

“A masterful anthology that begs to be read in classrooms and with families. ”

- Sal’s Fiction?Addiction, 01/12/15

“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource. ”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/14

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection. ”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries. ”

- Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“An outstanding anthology sure to engage youth in discussions about 21st century Native American culture. ”

- Library Thing, 10/15/14

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection. ”

- Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

“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

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation. ”

- Green Teacher, Summer/16

“An exceptional anthology. ”

- Indian Country Today Media Network, 12/30/15

“The volume’s breadth and honesty is its strength. ”

- Library Media Connection, 06/14

“A rewarding book. ”

- Resource Links, 02/15