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.”
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.
Looking for something new to read? Check out one of these first books in a series!
Adams, Gillian Bronte.Orphan’s song. Every generation has a Songkeeper — one chosen to keep the memory of the Song alive. And in every generation, there are those who seek to destroy the chosen one. When Birdie first hears the Song coming from her own mouth, her world shatters. She is no longer simply an orphan but the last of a hunted people. With enemies at her heels and war threatening to tear her homeland apart, Birdie soon discovers an overwhelming truth: the fate of Leira may hinge on one orphan’s song.
Anderson, R. J. (Rebecca J.). Knife. In a dying faery realm, only the brave and rebellious faery Knife persists in trying to discover how her people’s magic was lost and what is needed to restore their powers and ensure their survival, but her quest is endangered by her secret friendship with a human named Paul.
Brandes, Nadine. A time to die. Parvin Blackwater believes she has wasted her life. At only seventeen, she has one year left according to the Clock by her bedside. In a last-ditch effort to make a difference, she tries to rescue Radicals from the government’s crooked justice system. But when the authorities find out about her illegal activity, they cast her through the Wall — her people’s death sentence. What she finds on the other side about the world, about eternity, and about herself changes Parvin forever and might just save her people. But her clock is running out.
Cambron, Kristy. The lost castle : a novel. Broken-down walls and crumbled stones seemed to possess a secret language all their own. What stories would they tell, if she finally listened? Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved old woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret. Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too — where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty — a forgotten castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale — Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.
Card, Orson Scott. Children of the fleet : Fleet School. Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. He’s top of his class in every school, but he doesn’t think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. But then Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview, and everything changes.
Connealy, Mary. No way up. When ranch patriarch Chance Boden stipulates in his will that his children must reconcile and live at home for a year or give up their inheritance, Heath Kincaid is entrusted to see that it is done and soon finds Boden’s daughter in need of protection.
Kendig, Ronie. Embers. Haegan and Kaelyria Celahar are royal heirs of the Nine Kingdoms, but Haegan is physically crippled. What chance does he have against Poired Dyrth, the greatest enemy the kingdom has ever faced, who wields fire with a power none can match? Their only hope is forbidden: Kaelyria must transfer her fire-harnessing abilities to Haegan. When she does it comes with a terrible price: Haegan’s disability is healed, but only by being transferred to Kaelyria. This decision causes their father, the King, to unleash his wrath against Haegan. Haegan must flee the kingdom alone with two impossible tasks: Find a cure for Kaelyria and stop the coming war with the omnipotent Poired Dyrth.
Kincaid, S. J. Insignia.
Tom, a fourteen-year-old genius at virtual reality games, is recruited by the United States Military to begin training at the Pentagon Spire as a Combatant in World War III, controlling the mechanized drones that do the actual fighting off-planet. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted and never had — friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters — but what will it cost him?.
The new books for next year are starting to arrive — it’s like Christmas in July!
Take a peek at what is headed our way. Plot what you want to read first — you can start checking books out on the first day of school, Tuesday September 4.
Is there a book you’re hoping will hit our shelves this year? Why don’t you SUGGEST A BOOK?
Have you ever wanted to join Cirque du Soleil? Swing on the trapeze and experience the magic inside the tents? Well, why not pick up “The Night Circus“ and join Le Cirque des Rêves?
“The circus arrives at night, without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within nocturnal black and white striped tents awaits a unique experience, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stand awestruck as a tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and gaze in wonderment at an illusionist performing impossible feats of magic.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves. Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is underway -a contest between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in “a game,” in which each must use their powers of illusion to best the other. Unbeknownst to them, this game is a duel to the death, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.” — As seen on book cover
Rick Riordan (author of the Percy Jackson series) says “The prose sparkles, and the story itself is a feat of magical acrobatics.”
Visit Erin’s BLOG or FACEBOOK PAGE to read more about the author and the Night Circus.
Will you join the circus and be swept away with the magic of the big top?
Does Valentine’s Day have you looking for love? Then look no further than this delightful collection of historical romance novellas by some of our favourite inspirational authors – Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund, Melissa Jagears, Jen Turano, and Sarah Loudin Thomas.
With All My Heart Romance Collection takes you on a journey across America and through time, with five stories that are moving, fun, faith-filled, and always deeply romantic.
The collection includes:
Karen Witemeyer’s “Love on the Mend” – In post-Civil War Texas, sparks fly between the new doctor in town and the nurse who both challenges and beguiles him.
Jody Hedlund’s “Out of the Storm” – A man shipwrecked near a Michigan lighthouse learns a new way of seeing love from the lightkeeper’s daughter.
Melissa Jagear’s “Love by the Letter” – A prairie mail-order-bride story with a twist, that proves even the most stubborn of people can be made to change.
Jen Turano’s “Gentleman of Her Dreams” – Enter the world of New York high society, as one woman’s marriage plans get unexpectedly tangled by the return of a childhood friend.
Sarah Loudin Thomas’s “Appalachian Serenade” – A nostalgic story of friendship – and unexpected love – in a small town store in rural West Virginia.
Four of our favorite authors — Bill Myers, Frank Peretti, Angela Hunt and Alton Gansky — have teamed up and written a new supernatural thriller full of suspense, and the beginning of a new series! Invitation is cycle one of the Harbringers series and can be found on our shelves at F Mye.
When author Bill Myers was asked if he could explain the concept for this new [Harbringers] series, he answered:
“I (Bill Myers) originally came up with the idea: What if several authors wrote a series of linked novellas that would read like episodes of a TV series? From there, we decided to give each author a unique character. Each novella is from the first-person POV of one of the Harbinger team members as they stumble into supernatural adventures and investigations.”
In The Call by Bill Myers, four strangers are drawn together to help a student at the mysterious Institute for Advanced Psychic Studies. His gifts are supposedly being honed to assist world leaders … but there are some very disturbing strings attached.
Frank Peretti’sThe Haunted confronts a supernatural mystery, a case of murder, and an exploration into the darkness of the human heart, all centering around a mysterious house.
In Angela Hunt’sThe Sentinels, animals around the world are mysteriously dying. What could it mean? When the tragedy begins to touch Andi’s dreams, she discovers a terrifying theory.
The Girl by Alton Gansky is a gripping tale of a young barefoot girl found holding a scroll in the snowy Oregon mountains. She is sweet, innocent — apparently not of this world — and something wants to kill her.
Did you read The Girl on the Train? Want more from Irma Joubert?
Check out her newest novel — Child of the River.
“Persomi’s close relationship with her older brother Gerbrand and her fragile friendship with Boelie Fourie — heir to the Fourie farm and fortune — are her lifeline and her only connection to the outside world. When Gerbrand leaves the farm to fight on the side of the Anglos in WWII and Boelie joins an underground network of Boer nationalists, Persomi’s isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her — dreams of an education, a profession, a native country that values justice and quality, and of love.”