The Marrow Thieves

by Cherie Dimaline

Recommended by Lorina Mapa

Just when you think you have nothing left to lose, they come for your dreams.

Humanity has nearly destroyed its world through global warming, but now an even greater evil lurks. The Indigenous peoples in North America are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. In this dark world, Frenchie and his companions struggle to survive as they make their way up north to the old lands. For now, survival means staying hidden – but what they don’t know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.

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Lorina Mapa was born and raised in Manila and in 1986 at the age of sixteen moved with her family to Washington DC. She graduated from the Kubert School of Cartoon and Graphic Art in New Jersey where she met her artist husband Daniel Shelton (creator of the popular comic strip “Ben”). In 2003, her father’s sudden death by car accident sparked a series of childhood memories which she wrote down and illustrated as a way of dealing with his passing.

These stories became “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me”, a graphic memoir about growing up in the Philippines in the 1980s. Weaving the past with the present, it explores and entertains with themes on religion, pop culture, adolescence, social class and politics, including Mapa’s experiences of the 1986 People Power Revolution which made headlines around the world. “Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos and Me” (“touching and joyous” – Publisher’s Weekly; “the emotion shines through on every page” – Booklist) has been featured on the CBC, Conde Nast Traveller and nominated by the American Library Association as a Great Graphic Novel for Teens. Lorina is a Best Writer nominee for the Joe Schuster Awards and was listed on the CBC International Women’s Day List of Writers to Watch.

She lives with her husband and four children in Hudson, Quebec.


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