As you know for my first novel study this year I read the book the Marrow Thieves by Christine Dimaline. It was a really good book and a really interesting read. I also felt it was a book that really felt at home in all of the global issues novel study books. I also felt like it’s a book that really stood out to me among all of the other books I’ve read.

I felt that this book was really enjoyable and stood out to me because of its original and interesting concept. I felt that it was also a topic that hadn’t been explored before or a least it was a topic I hadn’t read about before. I also felt that the author wrote about the topic and explored it very well in the book. I also felt that it fit really well with the theme of our novel study, global issues, because it portrays a difficult issue and made people aware of it. I also feel like it educated people on it in a way I haven’t really seen before. It is also a book that I would recommend to lots of different people. 
Especially those wh…

Ashes and Smoke

In my piece of art for my final project, I feature two quotes from the marrow thieves the first comes from page 174 in the book. It is shown in the smoke in the cupped hands at the foreground of the image.

the campers made their hands into shallow cups and pulled the air over their heads, making prayers out of ashes and smoke. (Dimaline 174)

It has specific power because it shows how even though almost everything has been taken from them, they still have who they are and what they have been taught by their ancestors. It also shows how resilient and powerful people can be. It also marks a turning point in the story where they learn the power of the gift they have been given and how to use it against those who want to steal it. The picture drawn in the background is supposed to show this event. The second quote that is featured is a quote from page 172 it details Minerva's singing and how it caused the school to burn down.

She sang. She sang with volume and pitch and a heartbreaking wa…

Mitchell's Story

In the few seconds after I heard the familiar popping sound, that signalled the approach of recruiters, time seemed to move like molasses and my mind could only really muster the power to say one word, $*&#. It was really only after this that I could truly think clearly and that I realized what I had to do. I quickly instructed my little brother to climb up the pine tree behind us and to hide until they had gone away. I could tell from his face that he didn’t want to leave me and secretly I didn’t want to leave him either, but if I got taken then I didn’t want it to be in vain.

I’d like to think that when they took me away I went out kicking and screaming but truthfully I don't remember. But what I do remember is being dragged into their van and driven to their school. I remember everything about that drive, I remember their jackets emblazoned with the logo of the Canadian government, I remember the faces of some of those who took me, they were just kids probably not much olde…

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms in Relation to The Marrow Thieves

In my novel there is quite a lot of violations to the charter of rights and freedoms. There are quite a lot of these violations throughout the novel particularly towards the indigenous people of North America. Throughout the book there are almost constant infringements on their rights with one of most significant sources of these infringements being from the Canadian government itself.
Although they don’t directly mention the Charter of Rights and freedoms in the novel or how their rights are being violated it is pretty obvious that their rights are being violated in multiple ways. One example of this is how they trap them in “schools” and stop them from leaving for no reason. This directly violates their mobility rights because they have the right move and take up residence in any province but the government is trapping and in doing so violating this right. On top of this I also believe that the conditions they are forced to live in at these facilities violate their basic rights as h…


Sadness is echoed from every corner of the bleak and broken world of the world of The Marrow Thieves. From the cities left to the dead or the or the lakes that have been turned to muck. Sadness has even gained a hold on the hearts of those that live in this shattered world and it will most certainly gain a hold on yours if you’re reading this book.
This book is written in a way that brings heart wrenching images to mind and tells you stories of tragedies that none should have to endure. One of the many examples of this is Canada great lakes as described by the protagonist, Frenchie, below
“The Great Lakes were polluted to muck. It took some doing, but right about the time California was swallowed back by the ocean, they were fenced off, too poisonous to use.” I’d seen the Great Lakes… The waters were grey and thick like porridge. (Dimaline 24)
This was especially powerful to me because I live in Canada and this is one of the more beautiful parts of our country. Another reason this book r…

A World in Shambles

Years ago people, other people, not us, they kinda got sick. Really the whole world itself got sick (Dimaline 29)
The world of The Marrow Thieves is set on earth in the not so distant future. Even though the book isn’t set too far away from our own time it varies so much from our own that it is barely recognizable. It is was a time in which the world was desecrated by global warming and a deficiency of water. These events bred tragedy and this caused wars for what water was left leaving half the population dead and the world in shambles. As entire cities sank into the inky depths of the sea and diseases run rampant across the world it sank into a new era.
In this new world people started working longer hours, stopped reproducing without doctors and people got sad. This caused families and loved ones to be torn apart and worst of all it caused them to stop dreaming.
After the rains started and the lands shifted so that some cities fell right into the oceans, people had to move around. Dis…

The Marrow Thieves

For my first novel study in grade nine humanities, I am going to read the book The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline. It is a book that I have chosen from a set of books all relating to issues on a global scale. The narrative is set in a dystopia where we have destroyed the world through global warming and where most of the population has lost the ability to dream. Only the indigenous people of North America still have this ability and lies hidden in their bone marrow. Because of this they are being hunted and harvested to try and recover this ability for those who have lost it.
Many different factors went into me choosing this book, and before this novel study I actually had no idea this book existed. But when we started the novel study it was highly recommended by our school’s librarian and upon reading the blurb on the back I knew I wanted to read it. I came to this decision because I thought the idea and topic behind the book were quite unique and something that I hadn’t really re…