#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women is this year’s winner of the Norma Fleck Award!

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women is this year’s winner of the Norma Fleck Award!

So thrilled and honoured that #NotYourPrincess, the anthology Lisa Charleyboy and I co-edited, won the Norma Fleck award. Among other things I’m grateful to Amanda Olsen, our amazing Marketing Manager at Annick, for putting together this round up chronicling this book’s incredible journey. Huge congratulations and thanks to the talented contributors for sharing their powerful work!

• Norma Fleck Award for Canadian Children’s Non-Fiction—winner
American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award—winner
Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults Award, YALSA—finalist
Amelia Bloomer Project List, Top Ten—winner
Independent Publisher Book Award—winner
Nautilus Award, Silver—winner
Skipping Stones Honor Award—winner
Notable Books for a Global Society Award—winner
• Foreword Indies Book of the Year Award, Bronze—winner
Red Maple Award 2019—nominee
Indigenous Literature Award, First Nation Communities READ—finalist
Top Ten Best Bet selection, Ontario Library Association
Cooperative Children’s Book Center Choices List selection, CCBC
The Year’s Best List, Resource Links
Best Books List, Kirkus Reviews
Best Books List, School Library Journal
Books of the Year, Quill & Quire
Best Books for Kids & Teens, *starred selection, CCBC
 The List 2018 selection, Toronto Public Library (teen choice)
Read Indigenous 2018 selection, Toronto Public Library

Aug. 21: Publisher’s Weeklyreview, “A moving and powerful collection that draws strength from the variety of voices and lived experiences it represents.”
Sep. 1: Kirkus Reviewsstarred review, “Both testament to the complexity of Indigenous women’s identities and ferocious statement that these women fully inhabit the modern world.”
Sep. 15: Booklist, review, “Fills an under-represented niche.”
Sep. 22: School Library Journalstarred review, “A stunning anthology of creative writing and art . . . All YA collections will want this.”
Nov. 1: Waking Brain Cellsreview, “Beautiful, angry and insistent, this collection of the voices of Native women belongs on the shelves of every library serving teens.” 
Nov. 4: The Globe and Mail, review, “Bursts with inspiration, beauty and self-awareness.”
Nov. 12: A Library Mamareview, “This is a powerful and beautiful reflection of the women who created it.”
Nov. 20: Abby the Librarian, review“This book truly has the potential to change minds . . . Do what you need to do to get this book and put it into the hands of teen (and adult) readers.”
Dec. 1: CBC Radio One Unreserved, mention
Dec. 1: Vancouver Sun, review, “So right for the times.”
Dec. 4: The Washington Post, “These books can help build strong girls – and boys – for today’s world”, “Provocative, thoughtful and sometimes humorous, this book showcases tenacious and talented indigenous women ready to take on the world.”
Dec. 11: CBC Radio One The Next Chapter, “8 books to give the young reader in your life”, “Stunning…a really powerful book that deserves a wide readership.”
Dec. 17: Resource Linksreview, “Librarians, teachers, parents: please put this book into girls’ and teens’ hands.”
Jan. 30: Oxford Public Library Teen Picks, review, “Beautiful, empowering, and well worth the read.”
Feb. 1: School Library Journalwebcast, “In Conversation with the 2018 YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction Finalists”
Feb. 2: CM, starred review, “…thought-provoking…This is a collection that is often edgy, and always provocative.”


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Amelia Bloomer Nomination FOR #NotYOURPRINCESS

Very honoured to nominated for the 2018 Amelia Bloomer List. The mandate for the list is to "move beyond merely 'spunky' or 'feisty' young women...to show women overcoming the obstacles of intersecting forces of race, gender, and class, actively shaping their destinies. They break bonds forced by society as they defy stereotypical expectations and show resilience in the face of societal strictures." That certainly sounds like the incredible girls and women who share their stories in #NYP


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Dreaming in Indian — Grappling with Big Ideas

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