Books by Melanie Florence

STOLEN WORDS by Melanie Florence
Released: Sept. 5, 2017

"Unforgettable. (Picture book. 4-8)"
When Grandpa tells his granddaughter he has lost his Cree words, the 7-year-old asks for an explanation. Read full book review >
REZ REBEL by Melanie Florence
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"A missed opportunity to fully engage with a deeply serious issue. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Floyd Twofeathers, a Cree teen, vents his frustrations in his secret journal, creating stories to alleviate the angst and confusion he experiences while living on the (fictional) Bitter Lake Reserve. Read full book review >
HE WHO DREAMS by Melanie Florence
Released: Jan. 31, 2017

"This novel allows young readers to embrace their own heritages and realize they stand on the shoulders of all their ancestors. (Fiction. 12-16)"
Living on his Cree mother's Aboriginal reserve but looking like his redheaded Irish father, narrator John McCaffrey struggles to discover where he belongs. Read full book review >
ONE NIGHT by Melanie Florence
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"A weak if well-meaning addition to a genre in need of strong books. (Fiction. 13-16)"
One night of horror leaves a lasting problem for 17-year-old Luna and her family. Read full book review >
THE MISSING by Melanie Florence
Released: Sept. 1, 2016

"Well-meaning but unsatisfying. (Mystery. 14-18)"
Feather's life is changed when one friend and then another go missing. Read full book review >
MISSING NIMÂMÂ by Melanie Florence
Released: March 15, 2016

"A solid debut picture book that works as a record of voices that are usually unheard, ignored, and forgotten. (glossary of Cree terms) (Picture book. 7-10)"
A free-verse intergenerational story of separation, loss, and daughter-mother connection amid the ongoing crisis of missing First Nations girls and women. Read full book review >
JORDIN TOOTOO by Melanie Florence
Released: March 1, 2011

"Like her subject, the author doesn't pull many punches in Tootoo's rousing, rather hard-bitten tale, which, thankfully, has a storybook ending aimed directly at teenage-boy reluctant readers. (Biography. 11-15)"
Hockey was born in Canada, so it comes as a shock to learn that the first Inuit to play in the National Hockey League was Jordin Tootoo, who made it to the Nashville Predators in 2003. Read full book review >