Suggested Reading by Dave Connis
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
Tick Tock Terror by Melanie Jackson
Death by Airship by Arthur Slade
The Quiet You Carry by Nikki Barthelmess
Michigan vs. the Boys by Carrie S. Allen
With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community loses communication. Days later, it goes dark. Cut off from the urban realm of the south, many of its people become passive and confused. They eventually descend into panic as the food supply dwindles, with few hunters left in the First Nation. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives from a city in the south to escape a crumbling society. Soon after, others follow. The community leadership is faced with the dilemma of allowing the urban refugees to live with them on their territory. Tensions rise, and as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again, while they grapple with a grave decision.
I did not know what this book was about when I started but it quickly became apparent. How do people deal when the modern conveniences they have become accustomed to are suddenly removed from their lives? This book chronicles how a town of indigenous people react which shows how bad things can get, which will definitely come as a shock to some. I didn’t particularly like this book, it seemed that the events were too contrived, jumping to the worst case very quickly.
The first round of prize draws was held at a pizza lunch on Wednesday, February 5, 2020. There were many prizes to be won with each participant receiving coupons for Taco Time and buy one get one 50% off Booster Juice as well as a few draws for a free Big Mac. Draws were also made for some bigger prizes with Sierra Gold winning a $10 Burger King gift card and a Tigers team signed hockey stick, Meray Mayer won a $25 Mall gift card and Ashtyn Gold won a $25 Boston Pizza gift card, a Cineplex 2 for 1 and the Grand Prize of a Kindle e-reader. The next prize draw will be held at the beginning of June so there is still time to read the books and get entered.