A Story of Hope and Resilience

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Tilly has always known she's part Lakota on her dad's side. She's grown up with the traditional teachings of her grandma, relishing the life lessons of her beloved mentor. But it isn't until an angry man shouts something on the street that Tilly realizes her mom is Aboriginal too--a Cree woman taken from her own parents as a baby.

Tilly feels her mother's pain deeply. She's always had trouble fitting in at school, and when her grandma dies unexpectedly, her anchor is gone. Then Abby, a grade-seven classmate, invites her home for lunch and offers her "something special" to drink. Nothing has prepared Tilly for the tingling in her legs, the buzz in her head and the awesome feeling that she can do anything. From then on, partying seems to offer an escape from her insecurities. But after one dangerously drunken evening, Tilly knows she has to change. Summoning her courage, she begins the long journey to finding pride in herself and her heritage. Just when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger offers some wise counsel: "Never question who you are or who your people are. It's in your eyes. I know it's in your heart."

Loosely based on author Monique Gray Smith's own life, this revealing, important work of creative nonfiction tells the story of a young indigenous woman coming of age in the 1980s. In a spirit of hope, this unique story captures the irrepressible resilience of Tilly and of indigenous peoples everywhere.
Publisher: Winlaw, British Columbia :, Sono Nis Press,, 2013
Edition: Second edition
ISBN: 9781550392098
Branch Call Number: FIC Gray
Characteristics: 207 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Tilly
Hope, faith and empathy


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Jul 10, 2018

This is a really good book that is based on the author monique gray smith. Its has different characters though I meet monnique gray smith at series forty 5. She is really nice and never thought she would become a writer. The book is about her life drinking and how she got over that and went to collage. Really recommend it!

LaughingOne Jul 04, 2014

Monique Gray Smith wrote what she calls creative non-fiction. Based on her own life, with real and fictional characters added in, it portrays the lives of many Aboriginal people in Canada. The story follows Tilly from a young age to what is likely her early 40s. Though the story has much pain in it, there is also love, hope, and resilience. Lessons that Tilly learns are lessons for all of us, no matter what race we are, no matter how pure or how mixed our blood is. I highly recommend this book.

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