Rez Runaway (Lorimer SideStreets) (Library Binding)
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Raised on an Indian reserve, seventeen-year-old Joe Littlechief tries to be like the other guys. But Joe knows he's different--he's more interested in guys than girls. One night Joe makes a drunken pass at his best friend and, by the next morning, everyone on the rez is talking about Joe. His mother, a devout Christian, is horrified, and the kids who are supposed to be his friends make it clear there's no place for him on the rez. Joe thinks about killing himself, but instead runs away to the city. Alone and penniless on the city streets, Joe has to come to terms with who he really is.
About the Author
MELANIE FLORENCE is a full-time writer based in Toronto. She is the author of the teen novels The Missing about missing and murdered Aboriginal girls and One Night, as well as two nonfiction books Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools and Jordin Tootoo: The Highs and Lows in the Journey of the First Inuk to Play in the NHL, which was chosen as an Honor Book by The American Indian Library Association. Melanie is of Plains Cree and Scottish descent.