Rez Rebel

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James Lorimer & Company, May 1, 2017 - Young Adult Fiction - 176 pages
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Floyd Twofeathers has always trusted his mom, a traditional healer, and his dad, hereditary chief of their band, to take care of the people on their reserve. But a lack of educational and career opportunities, medical support and counselling has left young people feeling that they have no future. As suicides pile up, Floyd finds that his friends and kids he knows are taking their own lives because they feel that they have no future — but his father refuses to listen to Floyd's attempts to find a realistic solution. When Floyd's father is overwhelmed by the situation and succumbs to alcohol and depression, it is up to Floyd to turn around his community's descent into crisis before it's too late.

Set in a situation of suicide contagion among young people in Aboriginal communities, this novel follows one teenager's determined efforts to help his friends and his community find solutions.

 

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Contents

A Note from the Author
7
Chapter 1 In the Woods
9
Chapter 2 On the Rez
13
Chapter 3 Family
18
Chapter 4 The Pact
24
Chapter 5 Dinner at Home
30
Chapter 6 Rez Beater
35
Chapter 7 Target Practice
40
Chapter 16 Mouses House
95
Chapter 17 Whispers
100
Chapter 18 Around the Fire
106
Chapter 19 Kaya
110
Chapter 20 Losing the Future
117
Chapter 21 Man to Man
124
Chapter 22 Ready for Battle
130
Chapter 23 Face to Face
134

Chapter 8 Grandpas Gun
45
Chapter 9 Chief
52
Chapter 10 The Guys
58
Chapter 11 Tradition
66
Chapter 12 Big Plans
72
Chapter 13 Selling our Past
78
Chapter 14 Home from Away
86
Chapter 15 Rodney
90
Chapter 24 Chief to Chief
137
Chapter 25 Downhill
143
Chapter 26 Searching
149
Chapter 27 Found
155
Chapter 28 Being a Man
160
Chapter 29 Where We Are
165
Chapter 30 Walking into our Future
170
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About the author (2017)

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 Aboriginal themes and characters. She is the author of Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools, which was named an OLA Best Bet for Young Adult Non-Fiction and a CCBC Best Book for Kids and Teens. Melanie's other books include the teen novels The MissingOne Night, and Rez Runaway, the picture book Missing Nimama, which won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award, and the Recordbooks title Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association.

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