“It is about caring, about love, about how people can continue, and will continue…” –Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature
“…tremendous emotional depth and tenderness, connecting readers with the complexity and compassion of Indigenous people. A dystopian world that is all too real and that has much to say about our own.” –Kirkus starred review
In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by global warming, Indigenous people of North America are being hunted for the harvest of their bone marrow, which holds the cure to what the rest of the population has lost—the ability to dream. Fleeing for his life, fifteen-year-old Frenchie, who has lost his family to the marrow thieves, forges a new family and together they struggle to survive and stay hidden, not yet knowing that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.
The Marrow Thieves is the winner of the 2017 Governor General’s Literary Awards for Young People’s Literature—Text, The 2017 Kirkus Prize for Teen Literature, the 2018 Amy Mathers Teen Book Award, The Sunburst Award, and the 2018 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature.
Cherie Dimaline (Métis) is a writer and activist from the Georgian Bay Métis Nation in Ontario, Canada. She has said of her identification, “I would love to be recognized as a writer of Indigenous stories. I’m not a Canadian writer. This is what is now known as Canada; it means something different to and for me.” Writer of a variety of award-winning novels and other acclaimed stories and articles, Dimaline is most noted for her 2017 young adult novel The Marrow Thieves, which explores the continued colonial exploitation of Indigenous people and the land. Her latest novel Empire of Wild was named Indigo’s #1 Best Book of 2019. Cherie Dimaline lives in Vancouver, BC where she is working on the much-anticipated sequel to The Marrow Thieves and the forthcoming TV adaptation.