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“As a Metis with self indentifying issues this book explains and helped me deal with my own understanding. Plus the bond between siblings being so strong. It was something to read about a setting in your own backyard too.
“This was my favorite book of all time. I loved it so much that I would read it again in a heartbeat. There are some disturbing parts in the novel. I would recommend this book for ages 15 and up.”Veronique Charriere wrote this review Friday, September 7, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Incredible, jarring, shocking, but absolutely necessary to understand the difficulties these Aboriginal children underwent, moving from place to place, never finding a solid home and trying to reach a place of stability in such a rapid-paced, high-pressured world. ”PetraAlexandra wrote this review Thursday, August 23, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was required to read this novel in my grade nine English class. From the moment I started it I had an immense dislike for the novel. I've always been somewhat of a "grammar police officer" so that's what put me off from the beginning. From the first page I noticed grammar mistakes, spelling errors and possible typos.
If the mistakes weren't bad enough the plot certainly made my dislike for the novel worse. It was much too simple and to speak plainly: boring. I also felt that dialogue between characters was forced and chopped; that it just didn't flow well.
The novel is about two young Metis sisters who get separated at a young age because their parents aren't fit to raise them. As they grow older their interests change greatly. The oldest sister April, who is the main character, feels that being Metis is a crime and that to have a good life you have to be white. The youngest sister Cheryl doesn't agree with April's opinion. She embraces her Metis heritage and researches it immensely throughout her childhood and teenage years.
When April becomes an adult she meets a man and moves to Toronto once they marry. She lives a "blissful" life as a white woman until her sister Cheryl comes to visit her. Cheryl ruins her picture perfect life when April's judgemental and racist mother-in-law finds out that April has Native American roots. She gets April to divorce her son and shoos her away.
April moves back to Winnipeg to be with her sister, that has just been violated sexually. Later on in the novel April also gets violated sexually because she was mistaken for her sister.
To not ruin the ending for future readers I will not explain what happens after (sorry).
In all I rate this novel about three stars or a six on ten. It wasn't amazing but it certainly wasn't the worst novel I've ever read.
“this book gave me the chills.”emmanuel wrote this review Monday, April 11, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I like the background of this book. This is happened in Winnipeg and very near by me. I'm reading now and i'm so exicting what will be happen. ”Eunice wrote this review Friday, March 25, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very powerful book. I started it on Sunday and I finished it on Sunday. Not recommended for anyone younger than grade 12.”Sharon wrote this review Monday, February 14, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Moving book.”Tammy wrote this review Tuesday, November 23, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good biography book”Trevor S wrote this review Thursday, November 4, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was one of my favourite required reads in highschool. There is a lot of things in this book that I can relate to personally. Beatrice Mosionier has a very unique style of writing but it's easy to follow.”Amber N wrote this review Sunday, May 9, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No