Cherie Dimaline's The Marrow Thieves Hits Another Massive Milestone
To say that Cherie Dimaline's debut young adult novel, The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat), was a smash success upon its publication in 2017 is an understatement: the beloved novel swept awards in Canada and abroad, including the Kirkus Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Just yesterday, Dimaline added another hefty honour to her long list: inclusion in TIME Magazine's 100 Best YA Books of All Time list.
Appearing alongside the likes of L.M. Montgomery, J.D. Salinger, Judy Blume, and even Anne Frank (as well as contemporary stars like Angie Thomas, John Green, and Suzanne Collins), the list whittles down the vast YA landscape to only the best of the best. Not the best of the decade or even the twenty-first century; the best ever. It's a massive undertaking and the books that made it through for selection are honoured as being truly, historically special within the competitive young adult genre.
The Marrow Thieves—a dystopian story in which Indigenous people are being hunted for their bone marrow, which contains the lost human ability to dream—rated enthusiastic inclusion for its "riveting, adventure-packed coming-of-age story". Congratulations to Cherie!
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