Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids

Category: Book
By (author): Ellis, Deborah
Foreword By: Roy, Loriene
Subject:  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / General
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / People & Places / Canada
  YOUNG ADULT NONFICTION / People & Places / United States / Native American
Audience: young adult
Awards: Red Maple Award for Non-Fiction (2015) Short-listed
Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices (2014) Commended
Notable Books for a Global Society (2014) Commended
Aesop Prize (2013) Winner
Social Justice Literature Award (2014) Winner
Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction (2014) Short-listed
Publisher: Groundwood Books Ltd
Published: August 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

They come from all over the continent - from Iqaluit to Texas, Haida Gwaii to North Carolina. Their stories are sometimes heartbreaking; more often full of pride and hope.

You'll meet Tingo, who has spent most of his young life living in foster homes and motels, and is now thriving after becoming involved with a Native Friendship Center; Myleka and Tulane, young Navajo artists; Eagleson, who started drinking at age twelve but now continues his family tradition working as a carver in Seattle; Nena, whose Seminole ancestors remained behind in Florida during the Indian Removals, and who is heading to New Mexico as winner of her local science fair; Isabella, who defines herself more as Native than American; Destiny, with a family history of alcoholism and suicide, who is now a writer and pow-wow dancer.

Deborah briefly introduces each child and then steps back, letting the kids speak directly to the reader. The result is a collection of frank and often surprising interviews with kids aged nine to eighteen, as they talk about their daily lives, about the things that interest them, and about how being Indigenous has affected who they are and how they see the world.

From The Publisher*For two years, author and activist Deborah Ellis traveled across the United States and Canada, interviewing more than forty Indigenous kids and letting them tell their own stories. Now available in paperback.
Review Quote*[T]hese young people embrace their distinctive cultural practices and almost without exception, express a buoyant attitude. As gay Chippewa 16-year-old Zack puts it, 'They tried really hard to kill us all off, and we're still here!'-a welcome and necessary reminder to all.
Review Quote*Ellis's transcriptions of these interviews allow the authentic voices of the young people to come through...Important and provocative, this is a good choice for libraries wanting to add a contemporary, youthful perspective on issues affecting indigenous people in North America.
Review Quote*[O]ften simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful...Unflinching and informative, this volume will appeal to a broad range of readers.
Review Quote*It's heartening that so many of these young people are positive about their lives, no matter how troubled, and about their futures....Ellis' book is an excellent opportunity for classroom discussion and individual, empathy-inducing reading.
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Winner of the Aesop Prize Winner of the Social Justice Literature Award Selected for the Notable Books for a Global Society Selected for the Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices Short-listed for the Red Maple Award for Non-Fiction Short-listed for the Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children's Non-Fiction

"It's heartening that so many of these young people are positive about their lives, no matter how troubled, and about their futures. … Ellis' book is an excellent opportunity for classroom discussion and individual, empathy-inducing reading." Booklist, starred review

"[T]hese young people embrace their distinctive cultural practices and almost without exception, express a buoyant attitude. As gay Chippewa 16-year-old Zack puts it, ‘They tried really hard to kill us all off, and we're still here!'- a welcome and necessary reminder to all." Kirkus Reviews

"Important and provocative, this is a good choice for libraries wanting to add a contemporary, youthful perspective on issues affecting indigenous people in North America." School Library Journal

"[O]ften simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful...Unflinching and informative, this volume will appeal to a broad range of readers." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Biographical Note

DEBORAH ELLIS is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages and was recently adapted into a feature-length animated film and a graphic novel. She has won the Governor General's Literary Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association's President's Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. She has donated almost $2 million in royalties to organizations such as Women for Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF and Street Kids International.