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January/February 2023: Adult Readers

For January/February 2023 and in honour of The REDress Project (Weeklong display of red dresses at Brock University from Feb. 14-20 to remember MMIWG & 2SLGBTQQIA+ people) and World Day of Social Justice (February 20), we are honoured to feature and share with you Monique Gray Smith's Tilly and the Crazy Eights. This amazing book was the winner of the 2019/2020 First Nation Communities READ Indigenous Literature Award. The book takes on a road trip with Tilly as she drives eight of her community elders ("the Crazy Eights") on a road trip to New Mexico to the Gathering of the First Nations Pow Wow. Each person is transformed along the way as they spend time together, each filling a piece of their bucket lists. At each stop, stories are shared, secrets are divulged, and strong connections are made.

The road trip serves as good medicine

for the travellers,

and the book serves as good medicine

for the readers!

Educational Resources

Click the link below to download our free Educational Resources!

Tilly and the Crazy Eights Educational Resources
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About the Author

Monique Gray Smith is a writer of Cree, Lakota, and Scottish heritage. In addition to Tilly and the Crazy Eights, Monique is the author of the novel Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience, the nonfiction middle-grade book Speaking Our Truth, and the picture books When We Are Kind and My Heart Fills with Happiness.

To learn more about Monique and the amazing work she does, please visit her website!


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