Good for Nothing

Good for Nothing

Book - 2004
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The year is 1959, and fifteen-year-old Nipishish returns to his reserve in northern Quebec after being kicked out of residential school, where the principal tells him he can look forward, like all Native Americans, to a life of drunkenness, prison, and despair. But despite his new freedom, the reserve offers little to a young M#65533;tis man. Both his parents are dead, his father Shipu, a respected leader, dying mysteriously at a young age. When Nipishish is sent to a strange town to live with a white family and attend high school, he hopes for the new life the change promises. But despite some bright spots -- a simpatico teacher, a part-time job, a possible girlfriend -- the adjustments prove overwhelming. Forced to return to his people, he must try to rediscover the old ways, face the officials who find him a threat, and learn the truth about his father's death. Michel No#65533;l's vibrant writing brings Nipishish's story -- and the ongoing struggle of native communities -- to life in this powerful tale.
Publisher: Toronto :, Groundwood Books,, [2004]
Edition: First English edition
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9780888996169
Branch Call Number: YA NOE
Characteristics: 322 pages ; 19 cm
Additional Contributors: Noël, Michel 1944-
Tanaka, Shelley


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Kicked out of a residential school at age 15, unhappy back on his Anishnabe reserve, and overcome be the pressures of fitting in with a foster family in town, Nipishish is eventually rescued by his family and friends.


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