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  • Commended, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre, 2022

Missing Nimâmâ Canadian Title

By Melanie Florence   Illustrated by François Thisdale   

Scholastic Canada Ltd | ISBN 9781443190046 Hardcover
Pages | 8.5" x 11" | Ages 8 to 12

Winner of the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award
Winner of the Ontario Library Association Golden Oak Award

A beautiful, transcendent story of a mother-daughter connection that persists through tragedy and across time.

Kateri is a young Cree girl, growing up in the care of her grandmother. We see her reaching important milestones: her first day of school, first dance, first date, wedding, first child. Her mother is absent, but not gone, watching her child growing up without her.

Told in alternating voices of child and mother, Missing Nimâmâ is a story of love, loss, and acceptance, showing the human side of a national tragedy. Dreamlike illustrations by François Thisdale enrich Kateri’s emotional journey. An afterword by the author provides a simple, age-appropriate context for young readers. Includes Cree words and glossary.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Missing Nimâmâ:

"A free-verse intergenerational story of separation, loss, and daughter-mother connection amid the ongoing crisis of missing First Nations girls and women. . ." — Kirkus Reviews

"A touching story related from the point of view of a missing indigenous woman as she watches her daughter grow up without her." — Quill and Quire

"Missing Nimâmâ is a haunting story of lives lost and lived and shared, beautifully rendered in words and art. Expect to see this one on award lists in the near future." — CanLit for Little Canadians

“Haunting free verse and ethereally beautiful illustrations combine to show that memory and familial love can bring a sense of hope, peace and joy in life after a painful loss . . . The faces of missing and murdered Indigenous women find life in Missing Nimâmâ.” —TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award jury citation