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Between the Pipes



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Highwater Press, 2024

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Albert McLeod (Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation) with Elaine Mordoch and Sonya Ballantyne (Misipawistik Cree Nation)

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Alice RL (Ojibwe)



Thirteen-year-old Chase’s life and identity should be simple. He’s the goalie for his hockey team, the Eagles. He’s Kookum’s youngest grandchild. He’s a boy. He should like girls. Except Chase doesn’t like girls the way that the other boys do, a terrifying fact that he hides from his peers. But Chase’s dreams are troubled by visions of a bear spirit, and the more he tries to hide, the more everything falls apart. With the help of an Elder, and a Two-Spirit mentor, can Chase find the strength to be proud of who he is?

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