Young Adult Fiction

The Marrow Thieves

Cherie Dimaline

ISBN: 9781770864863
Format: Trade Paperback
5.00" x 8.00"

Ages: 13+

Publication Date: May 10, 2017

FIC000000 FICTION / General
YAF043010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
YAF046010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Aboriginal & Indigenous

Winner, 2017 Kirkus Prize (Young Readers' Literature)
Winner, 2017 Governor General's Literary Award (Young People's Literature - Text)
Nominated, 2018 Forest of Reading - White Pine Awards
Shortlisted, 2018 CBC Canada Reads

“Miigwans is a true hero; in him Dimaline creates a character of tremendous emotional depth and tenderness, connecting readers with the complexity and compassion of Indigenous people. A dystopian world that is all too real and that has much to say about our own.” Starred review
Kirkus Reviews

There's a quality in Dimaline's writing that reached from the page, into my being ... That's a specific reference to the residential schools of the past, where so much was taken from Native children. It is one of many points in The Marrow Thieves where - painfully or with exquisite beauty - Dimaline's story resonates with me. It will resonate with other Native readers, too, especially those who are Anishinabe. Several tribal nations are mentioned in here, too ... There's so much more to say ... about Miggs and Isaac, about Ri, about Minerva, about French. But I'll stop and let you be with these achingly dear characters. I highly recommend The Marrow Thieves.
—Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature

"A timely and necessary read ... powerful and endlessly smart, it’s a crucial work of fiction for people of all ages." Starred review
Quill & Quire


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.