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She Holds Up the Stars

She Holds Up the Stars

Interest Age: 10–14
Grade: 5–9
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RL.4.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Reading Level: Lexile 700L
Paperback : 9781773210650, 192 pages, August 2022 , 7.5" x 5.5"
Hardcover : 9781773210667, 192 pages, August 2022 , 7.5" x 5.5"


"Enjoy and savor this instant classic. I love this book."—Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, Little You, and When We Play Our Drums, They Sing!

Laronde has deftly woven so much into this coming-of-age story: a
gentle introduction to the tragic
legacy of residential schools, Anishinaabe cultural traditions, and
most of all, an inspiring journey to reconnect to family history,
homeland, and heart."—Duncan McCue, Host of CBC Radio & CBC Podcasts

A young Indigenous girl searching for a sense of home finds strength and courage in her gifts, her deepening connection to the land, and her own cultural awakening in this moving coming-of-age story.

The last thing that twelve-year old Misko wants to do is to move away from the city to spend time on the rez with her grandmother. And yet she feels strangely compelled to go, drawn by a pull that she feels in her dreams. Maybe she can finally find out what happened to her mother, who mysteriously disappeared when Misko was four years old.

Misko’s relationship to the rez shifts when she encounters a spirited horse named Mishtadim. But Mishtadim is being violently broken by the rancher next door and his son Thomas. Misko and Thomas clash at first, only to find themselves drawn together by the wild horse. As Misko slowly discovers her unique bond with Mishtadim, she feels a sense of belonging and comes to understand the beauty of the world all around her.

She Holds Up the Stars is a powerful story of reconciliation and the interwoven threads that tie us to family, to the land, and to our own sense of self.