The Marrow Thieves

What happens when you can’t dream anymore? Is there even a cure? Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves tells us of a world where this has happened.

“…the world has been ravaged by global warming. Cities have crumbled from the coastlines, “breaking off like crust,” and hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis have wiped out entire communities. Millions of people have lost their lives, and those who remain have endured trauma that has led to their inability to dream — with the exception of North America’s Indigenous peoples, who carry dreams in webs woven into their bone marrow.

Set against a chaotic backdrop of torrential rain, food scarcity, and raccoons the size of huskies, The Marrow Thieves centres on Frenchie, a teenager on the run from government “recruiters.” Employed by the government of Canada’s Department of Oneirology, the recruiters forcibly take Inuit, Métis, and First Nations peoples to marrow-harvesting factories modelled after residential schools. Indigenous leaders have attempted to negotiate with governors in the capital, but working with the government has failed.”

– from the Quill and Quire review

Winner of the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize, the White Pine Award, a Globe and Mail Best Book and a contender in the CBC Canada Reads 2018, it appears to be a dystopian story set in Canada’s future with a message that warns us of what might come, but there are underlying themes of social justice with an echo of a sordid part of Canada’s history. If you are interested survival stories, Truth and Reconciliation, dystopian futures or all of the above, make sure you check out Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves, found on our Fiction shelves under F Dim.

Check out the book trailer below!

shhh … we’re studying!

Looking for a quiet spot to study for your finals? Here’s a look at the hours the library will be open during Exam Week.

Parts of the library are being used for writing exams this week so the library is a quite study zone. If you want to hang out with friends before or after exams, please head somewhere else out of respect to the exam-writers!


If you need a reminder of when exams are happening, here’s a look at the updated schedule:

farewell textbooks!

After you go to your final classes of semester 1, return to the library whatever textbooks you won’t need to study for finals. ALL semester 1 textbooks must be returned to the library no later than 4pm on Friday January 25. After that time, new textbooks will be purchased for the semester 2 classes and you will be charged the replacement cost even if the textbook is returned later.

TOP 10

Wondering what everyone else is reading? Here’s a look at the Top 10 most read books and series of 2018 — check them out!

 


#1

LUNAR CHRONICLES

By Marissa Meyer

F Mey


#2

CHRISTY & TODD, THE BABY YEARS

By Robin Jones Gunn

F Gun


#3

MAZE RUNNER SERIES

By James Dashner

F Das


#4

TRIALS OF APOLLO

By Rick Riordan

F Rio


#5

UNBLEMISHED SERIES

By Sara Ella

F Ell


#6

DATING GAMES SERIES

By Melody Carlson

F Car


#7

BLUR TRILOGY

By Steven James

F Jam


#8

HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY

By Suzanne Collins

F Col


#9

MISTBORN SERIES

By Brandon Sanderson

F San


#10

THE MASTERPIECE

By Francine Rivers

F Riv


 

 

New Year, new tech

Was a new tech device on your Christmas wishlist?

Did you know that as a MEI Secondary student you can get the latest version of Microsoft Office for free?

Go HERE for a few quick tips on how students can access and use MEI Schools Office365, as well as instructions on where to find the download option.

If you need help connecting your new device to WiFi, just stop by the library and Ms. Penner will make sure you are good to go.

are your holidays BOOKED?

it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas …

Nothing says cozy better than curling up with a good book on a cold day! Come check out our displays for recommended Christmas reads.

Stop by the library before you leave for the Christmas break and grab a handful of books from the displays of recommended reads or browse the shelves — there’s no limit on what students can borrow over the Christmas break!

Did you know that parents of MEI Schools students are also welcome to borrow books from the Secondary Library? You are! Stop by and we’ll tell you more …