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HE WHO DREAMS

Melanie Florence

  • Original Title: HE WHO DREAMS
  • Publication date: January 2017
  • Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
  • Country: CA
  • 144 print pages
  • Dramedy

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Canada
  • Themes: FAMILY, PEOPLE facing life, Personal fulfilment, Identity crisis, Life change, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Multiculturalism, Integration, Friendship, Intolerance, CHARACTERS, Minorities

Pitch

One day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, John stumbles into an Indigenous dance class and discovers a new passion. But between the mocking of his soccer teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, he must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.

Comments

Short-listed for the 2018 Indigenous Literature Award

The publisher acquired rights to DREAMING IN COLOR, a follow-up to this novel.

Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She is the author of MISSING NIMAMA, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her picture book STOLEN WORDS won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Martha Baillie Picture Book Award.

Summary

Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide.

When he attends a pow wow and witnesses a powerful performance, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. But the nearest class for boys is at the Native Cultural Center in the city, and he still hasn't told his family or friends about his new passion. If he wants to dance, he will have to stop hiding. Between the mocking of his teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, John must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.

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  • Author’s biography

    Melanie Florence is an award-winning writer of Cree and Scottish heritage based in Toronto. She is the author of MISSING NIMAMA, which won the 2016 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, the 2017 Forest of Reading Golden Oak Award and was a finalist for the 2017 First Nation Communities READ award. Her picture book STOLEN WORDS won the Ruth and Sylvia Schwartz Children’s Book Award, and was shortlisted for the Martha Baillie Picture Book Award.