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In Search of April Raintree [Paperback]

Beatrice Culleton Mosionier
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Jan. 1 1999 1894110439 978-1894110433 Critical ed
The powerful and moving life stories of two Métis sisters who suffer the breakdown of their family relations and the injustices of the social services system. Ten critical essays accompany one of the best-known texts by a Canadian Aboriginal author.

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Beatrice Mosionier was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba. The youngest of four children, she grew up in foster homes. After a short time living in Toronto, where she attended college, she returned to Winnipeg. Following the death of her two sisters to suicide, Beatrice decided to write In Search of April Raintree. First published in 1983, it has become a Canadian classis and launched the Manitoba literacy initiative On the Same Page in 2008. Beatrice has written more books of fiction, a play, a short film, and her memoir. She previously worked as a publisher of Pemmican Publications. Beatrice lives in Manitoba with her husband.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This story was written and set in my hometown of Winnipeg. I'm writing a review not because I feel the need to examine or analyse, but rather because this book had a major impact on me when I was around 13 and I think its incredible that it has not gained greater recognition/appreciation.
To summarize in brief, this book is a told through the eyes of April, a young Metis girl whose parents are caring but neglectful alcoholics. The story follows April and her sister, Cheryl, as they are taken from their parents and enter the foster care system. Passed from white family to white family, their lives are comfortable at best, hell at the worst; never are they truly at home, rarely do they see their parents. Their experiences differ because they are split up almost immediately. Their difference in experience lead them down divided paths - one of them extremely tragic.
As a teenage white girl, this book shocked and horrified me. Out of all the books I read during that time period, I think this one drew the most empathy and the most lasting reaction. I can still recall the nightmarish rape scene from this book and cringe at the memory. Culleton is an amazing writer. She draws you into the story and the hearts of the characters. Its impossible to put the book down and simply forget about what you've read. I believe Culleton based the book on her own experiences, but I'm not certain. What I do know for a fact is that this book is realistic. I live in this city, I grew up in the neigbourhood written about, and friends of mine work for CFS (Child & Family Services). This book is not an exaggeration and knowing that for a fact when you read it makes for even more of an impact.
The story is dramatic and touching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raintree Sept. 28 2004
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Format:Paperback
I think this is a very strong novel, it had touched me. But some people are misunderstanding what it's about. The timeline of the novel was through 50's to 70's. Beatrice wasn't relating to the present, she was relating it from the past. All incidents may not have occured to just one person, but to different people, and maybe she wanted to put it all in one story to get it out for the people that had happened to. You need experience to know and feel the story. Not only first nation, but to people who have experinced racism or predjudice. To the people who were picked on beacuse the way they looked like, where their background came from,the way they sound differently, dressed differently.....and so on. There are people who haven't seen everything yet in their lives, then that's when they make assumptions on the way they will treat the different person they see in their eyes poorly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Book! June 13 2000
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Format:Paperback
I am a high school student that just finished reading "In Search of April Raintree" and I must say that it is the one of the best books ever written! It is a story about a Metis girl named April and her sister Cheryl. She was taken away from her parents by social services at a young age. It tells how she struggled from foster home to foster home. Separated from her sister. It gives you a closer look at how foster children grow up and it isn't always pretty! The two girls have totally different values and beliefs but struggle to stay close. I must warn you that this book is pretty graphic, but people should know about what April went through. If you want a good book, read this one. If you can't handle reality then it probably isn't for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review: In Search of April Raintree Feb. 11 2001
Format:Paperback
Beatrice Culleton Mosionier's "In Search of April Raintree" is a masterfully written fiction novel about two Metis sisters seperated from their family and each other at a young age. The novel, although fiction, gives the reader an all too true account of the plight of the native people. The story follows the two sisters' seperate yet intimately connective lives. That's all I choose to say about the story line as the novel works on many levels. It is brilliantly written and intriguing how the characters evolve and influence each other throughout the book. To say any more would be a disservice to the potential reader. ENJOY!
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome book Jan. 21 2014
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this book I required for school, I got it cheaper on amazon then at my college bookstore, I couldn't put it down , I had to force myself to go to bed 15 chapters later, it is a great story and I got it really fast!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT! March 30 2013
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Thanks so much, 5 star recommendation, can't wait to start reading it, been looking for this book everywhere glad you have it! :D
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