Nobody Cries at Bingo

Dawn Dumont's young adult novel is based on her experience growing up on the Okanese First Nation.

Dawn Dumont

Dawn Dumont brings readers into her life on the Okanese First Nation in Nobody Cries at Bingo. An eye-opening look at life "on the rez," it's a warm and funny portrait of a quiet girl who loves to read, loves her family, and struggles to bridge the cultural divide between life on the reservation and the world outside the community she calls home.

Nobody Cries at Bingo is for readers ages 14 and up.

Dawn Dumont is a Plains Cree writer, comedian and actor who lives in Saskatoon. She is the author of Rose's RunGlass Beads and Nobody Cries at Bingo, which was shortlisted for the 2012 Alberta Readers Choice Awards, Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Award and First Nation Communities READ Award.

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From the book

We loved our orange and brown wood paneled station wagon. It wasn't just a mode of transportation: it was a bedroom, kitchen and playground. As Mom drove down the highway, my siblings and I would hang backwards over the seats until the blood rushed into our heads. From this view the world rushed towards us upside down. Sadly, like most fun things, if you did it too long, you'd end up throwing up.

From Nobody Cries at Bingo by Dawn Dumont ©2012. Published by Thistledown Press.


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