The Marrow Thieves

Cherie Dimaline's young adult novel, which won the Governor General's Literary Award for young people's literature — text, is set in a dystopian future where Indigenous people are being hunted for their bone marrow.

Cherie Dimaline

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous people of North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream.

In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden. But what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves. (From Dancing Cat Books)

From the book

It probably started with that first pop of air against metallic plastic, no louder than a champagne cork. I imagined the school truancy officers - Recruiters, we called them — coming for us, noses to the wind, sunglasses reflecting the row of houses behind which we were nestled in our wooden dream home. And sure enough, by the time we'd crunched through the first sweet, salty handfuls, they were rounding the house into the backyard.

From The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline ©2017. Published by Dancing Cat Books.

Author interview

The epidemic of youth suicide in Indigenous communities preyed on Cherie Dimaline's mind. But what could she do to make a difference? Her solution: Write a novel where young, Indigenous people save the world. 14:05
Cherie Dimaline on her Young Adult novel about a harrowing future 17:25