Book cover of A Family Tree

A Family Tree



Publisher & Publication Year

Clarion/HarperCollins, 2024

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Staci Lola Drouillard (Grand Portage Band of Ojibwe)

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Kate Gardiner (Chaubunagungamaug Band of Nipmuck Indians)



Grandma’s garden was not just any garden. It was where a spruce tree, only as tall as baby Francis, reached her roots into the soil and stretched her branches toward the sky. Here, on the shore of Gichigaming, is where Francis and the sapling felt right at home. But when Grandma and Grandpa decide to move away, Francis wants to take the tree with them—can they?

Notable Achievements


Kirkus Reviews: "Drouillard, a Grand Portage band of Ojibwe descendant, and Gardiner, a member of the Chaubunagungamaug band of Nipmuck Indians, expertly weave together Francis and Gawaandagoonce’s grief and growth, conveying the heartbreak and resilience that often accompany transition while honoring Ojibwe values and language... A poignant illustration of how our roots keep us grounded amid change."

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