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Good for Nothing
By (author): Michel Noel
Michel Noel


Groundwood Books - Toronto



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


Young Adult : Age (years) 12 - 15, Grade (CAN) 7 - 10, Grade (US) 7 - 10
May 01, 2004
$14.99 CAD


7in x 4.25 x 0.9 in | 0.54 lb

Page Count:

324 pages
Groundwood Books Ltd
Groundwood Books
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / People & Places / Canada
Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Young People 2005, Winner McNally Robinson Aboriginal Book of the Year Award 2005, Short-listed CCBC Our Choice 2005, Commended IBBY Honor List 2006, Commended
  • Short Description
Kicked out of residential school, a Metis teenager must try to rediscover his people's old ways and learn the truth about his father's death.

Winner of the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction

The year is 1959, and fifteen-year-old Nipishish returns to his reserve in northern Quebec after being kicked out of residential school, where the principal tells him he's a good-for-nothing who, like all Indians, can look forward to a life of drunkenness, prison and despair.

The reserve, however, offers nothing to Nipishish. He remembers little of his late mother and father. In fact, he seems to know less about himself than the people at the band office. He must try to rediscover the old ways, face the officials who find him a threat, and learn the truth about his father's death.

Michel Noel is the author of several award-winning books for young people. He now lives in Quebec City.

[An] inspiring story by an authority on native affairs... - VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)

[Michel Noel] has crafted a story of pain and triumph, with both universal appeal and cultural authenticity. Tanaka's accomplished translation introduces an award-winning Canadian author to an English-speaking audience, and all libraries should take note. - School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Michel Noel...knows his craft...the text is extremely accessible. - Quill & Quire, STARRED REVIEW

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