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Last week I read a terrific YA novel written by a First Nations author, 
Richard Van Camp. The novel is THE LESSER BLESSED, published by Douglas & 
McIntyre in 2004. The protagonist is a 16 year old boy of the Dogrib Nation.

The CLCD database doesn't include reviews of it, and there aren't any 
editorial reviews on Amazon either. It came out in 1996, and maybe CLCD and 
Amazon don't go back that far.

Anyway, it is a terrific book, and really ought to get a look-see here in 
the US.  I much prefer it to last year's X-INDIAN CHRONICLES, which is 
similar (YA, Native teen protagonist, set in present day, 
drugs/sex/violence, edgy).


Debbie A. Reese (Nambé Pueblo)
Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Native American House, Room 2005
1204 West Nevada Street, MC-138
Urbana, Illinois 61801

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