Must-read: The Marrow Thieves

Join the One Book, One Corridor challenge, and join in on what promises to be a powerful community-wide conversation.

I picked this book up after seeing the Library’s Staff Picks Saturday post.


Gen recommends: The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.
“I loved this book! Ignore the young adult label and give it a try. It is beautifully written, incredibly powerful and although it is heartbreaking it is equal parts resilience and love.”

YA books can make the best reading, because they’re often shorter to power through… The material isn’t lightweight… but they tend to be more plot-driven than a lot of adult literary fiction. And the characters are usually wonderful. Whereas I find, increasingly, that in adult lit fiction, the characters can be a bit loathsome.

The premise is ingenious and so far, the book is utterly compelling.


“In a future world ravaged by global warming, people have lost the ability to dream, and the dreamlessness has led to widespread madness. The only people still able to dream are North America’s indigenous population – and it is their marrow that holds the cure for the rest of the world. But getting the marrow – and dreams – means death for the unwilling donors. Driven to flight, a 15-year-old and his companions struggle for survival, attempt to reunite with loved ones, and take refuge from the “recruiters” who seek them out to bring them to the marrow-stealing ‘factories.'”

This is a book worth talking about on the street corners and at the water coolers of our community. It’s a powerful allegory for the history of residential schools.

One Book One Corridor was created by our public libraries in 2014, to unite the communities over a good book.

The Pemby Library has lots of copies. You can place a hold here and waltz on in to pick up yours.

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