The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy

Format: Paperback
Text Content Territories: Indigenous Canadian;
Status: Available
Grade Levels: 10; 11; 12;
Authentic Canadian Content
Authentic Indigenous Text

From award-winning author Cherie Dimaline comes a tale of struggle, hope and the kind of magic that can only happen when you mix the Mississippi and the Georgian Bay.

A galaxy of odd planets spins around Ruby Bloom's head, slick and regulated as a game of snooker.

The big purple one is Anxiety. It grew in the slipstream of Guilt, a smooth, loud planet with two moons: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Agoraphobia. The black one is Envy. It's crusted with ice and solid as tungsten. The pink spotted one, a loud sparkly affair, is Fantasy and is careens wildly about like a ball after the break. There is a shiny amber globe that catches passing light; a small marble named Longing that is the brightest of all the orbs.

The universe didn't start with a big bang of cosmic proportions; instead it grew out of trauma that occured in the middle on an otherwise quiet childhood. It began the day Ruby Bloom, age seven and a half, killed her grandfather.

"Cherie Dimaline writes like an angel. One tough, hard-edged angel, but an angel nonetheless"
-- Tomson Highway

"Cherie Dimaline is a fabulous writer, a fierce Metis poet-warrior who dances and slashes her way through the hallucinogenic heartbreak and hilarity of contemporary Indigenous experiences in Canada. Her word-worlds are tough, tender, and terrifying; she'll tear you heart out and you will be better--and grateful--for the experience. I've long been a fan of her work, but this book is something fresh and wonderful, and with it she shows again why she's a writer to watch. The Girl Who Grew A Galaxy will grace you with its beauty, touch you with its truth, and haunt your imagination."
--Daniel Heath Justice Ph.D.

"This book mixes contemporary Indigenous experience with fantasy and magic and will resonate with you long after you put it down." - The Toronto Review of Books

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