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A collection truly universal in its themes, Dreaming in Indian shatters commonly held stereotypes and offers insight into a community often misrepresented by the mainstream media. Contemporary Native artists, including acclaimed author Joseph Boyden and renowned visual artist Bunky Echo-Hawk contribute thoughtful and heartfelt pieces on their experiences growing up Indigenous. Insightful, thought-provoking, brutally and beautifully honest, Dreaming in Indian will appeal to young adults everywhere.


  • Winner, American Indian Library Association’s Youth Literature Award 2014
  • Joint winner, White Ravens Collection, International Youth Library, Munich 2014
  • Joint winner, Skipping Stones Honor Award 2014
  • Joint winner, USBBY Outstanding International Books Honor List 2014
  • Long-listed, Kirkus Prize 2014
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal Best Books 2014
  • Joint winner, Book of the Year Award, Foreword Reviews 2014
  • Runner-up, Nautilus Award, Silver 2014
  • Joint winner, Independent Publisher Book Awards 2014
  • Short-listed, First Nations Communities Read 2014
  • Short-listed, First Nation Communities Read Award 2014
  • Short-listed, Eric Hoffer Award 2014
  • Winner, Children’s Literature Roundtable of Canada 2014
  • Joint winner, School Library Journal 42 Top Diverse YA books 2014
  • Winner, Best Books American Indians in Children’s Literature 2014
  • Commended, Information Book Award, Honor Book 2014
  • Joint winner, Best Book Center for the Study of Multicultural Literature 2014
  • Joint winner, Kirkus Best Books 2014
  • Short-listed, da Vinci Eye Award 2014
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2014
  • Winner, Wordcraft Circle Award, Editors Category 2020


“[A] dizzyingly eclectic anthology. ”

- Horn Book, 01/15

“The volume’s breadth and honesty is its strength. ”

- Library Media Connection, 06/14

“Original and accessible, both an exuberant work of art and a uniquely valuable resource. ”

- Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 09/15/14

“Effectively presents honest portrayals of strong, hopeful, and courageous indigenous youth living non-stereotypical lives. Not to be missed. ”

- School Library Journal, *starred review, 11/14

“An exceptional anthology. ”

- Indian Country Today Media Network, 12/30/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation. ”

- Green Teacher, Summer/16

“Belongs on the shelves of school libraries. ”

- Canadian Teacher Magazine, 04/15

“An outstanding anthology sure to engage youth in discussions about 21st century Native American culture. ”

- Library Thing, 10/15/14

“Belongs in every middle school, high school and public library. ”

- CM Reviews, 05/22/15

“A hectic, colourful, startling book . . . There is much here to celebrate, but the collection does not allow the reader the luxury of complacency. ”

- Quill & Quire, 11/14

“A rewarding book. ”

- Resource Links, 02/15

“A strikingly honest, thought-provoking collection. ”

- Canadian Children’s Book News, 03/15

“Visually stunning, emotionally charged, and required reading for those working towards reconciliation. ”

- Green Teacher, Summer/16

“This is a dynamic, thoughtful design and gets my (personal) award for stunning-est book of the year. ”

- School Library Journal Printzblog, 01/10/15

“Dreaming in Indian has a vibrancy I've not seen in anything else. ”

- American Indians in Children’s Literature, 09/08/14

“A wide-ranging and emotionally potent collection. ”

- Publishers Weekly, 10/06/14

“A masterful anthology that begs to be read in classrooms and with families.”

- Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 01/12/15