Looks Like Daylight

Looks Like Daylight

Voices of Indigenous Kids

Book - 2013
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A number of Indian children from Canada and the United States discuss what happens in their daily lives by engaging in interviews with the author.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2013
ISBN: 9781554981205
Branch Call Number: J 305.2308997 Ell
Characteristics: 252 p. : ill


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Jan 30, 2016

The young people profiled in this book are a-m-a-z-i-n-g!
I planned to skip around chptrs here and there but ended up reading every last word -2x. Their strength, resiliency, wisdom and generosity of spirit, in the face of the massive injustices and stupidities of dominant white culture, is truly phenomenal.

katylikeskats Apr 21, 2015

This was a wonderful read. This in itself felt like a great eye-opening experience, and really made you think about how we treat others, and how we can start making the world of these individuals, and the injustice that has been done upon the indigenous peoples for centuries. I cannot imagine living in conditions such as these, with the absolute worst horrors that could come to any human being, from being exposed to suicide, drugs, alcohol, assault, foster homes, jail, and much more. Before reading this, you think that the situation is not that bad, and even though you may have heard the statistics, they really don't mean anything until you walk a mile in their shoes. And even though I'll never come close to seeing how these children feel, I can only empathize with them, hope for the best, and start myself by trying to change their situation. I think that everyone should read this book, and I think that many people need to see the points of views of these children, and do something about it. The Canadian government really needs to step up, but as Canadian citizens ourselves, I think that we can go to make a difference for these people. Overall, I just thought it was heartbreaking to hear what these children go through, considering most of these children were younger than me! Growing up very fortunate, to be able to go to school, and not have to be bullied or discriminated, it really shocked me to read of some of the wisdom these children had. Awesome book! Great job, once again, Deborah Ellis! You teach us again and again about equality, and the injustices out in the world. Very inspiring!

artem_s Apr 18, 2015

This book was really eye opening for me. The way that it was written gives its message better than any other book I have ever read. I enjoyed the reading experience even though I despise reading non fiction, making this easily the best non fiction book I have yet read. It is interesting, informative, and has a lot of emotion in the stories that it tells.

MickyT_13 Apr 11, 2015

What we learn at school barely covers what was in this book. I knew that natives were treated bad and have a hard time but not to this extent. Some of these stories were really sad but I would still recommend this book just like most other Deborah Ellis novels.

ariag Apr 02, 2015

this book is hard to read it is honestly sad. i knew that native Americans have troubles and are discriminated against but this insight is honestly depressing. i would recommend this book to all Deborah Ellis did a great job writing this!

loljilydoe Mar 25, 2015

To be honest, even before I started to read this book, I knew that how the Canadian Goverment treated the Natives was a huge topic in debate. After reading this book, i felt that we had a curtain over our eyes and that mine had been finally opened. We all know that the way the goverment treats native americans was unjust, but its much more than that. The lack of clean water, and unsuitable living conditions. Those are basic human rights and honestly for the first time in forever, I am ashamed to be Canadian. These kids are all around the same age as us, yet they have suffered so much because of bad choices, greed and much more. Its really inspiring to see the kids escape this rough environment and speaking up in this book about their expirences

extreme_fangirl Mar 24, 2015

This is my favorite red maple non fiction book! Educational and beautifully written, "Looks Like Daylight" shares the very real stories of 45 Indigenous people. I didn't know a lot about Indigenous people before, but after reading this book, I learned so much. They lived through poverty, racism, alcoholism, residential schools and much more. However, all of them keep a positive attitude, setting goals to preserve the land or help others going through similar struggles. This really makes you admire how strong they all are, despite what they've been through. Kids as young as 9 and as old as 18 are doing things that many adults can't, won't or don't do. Their stories are truly inspiring, all throughout the book I had to remind myself that those were real people going through real problems. I agree with Aztecatl13 as I also think all Canadians should read this and that you have to read this book of true opinions rather than look at statistics to really understand what is going on. Many ignorant people can benefit from learning what Indigenous people are really like. I really like how the author came up with the idea of interviewing Indigenous people for this book.

Overall, "Looks Like Daylight" is an absolute must read for everyone because it is so enriching and informative, everyone can benefit from reading it.

Aztecatl13 Feb 26, 2015

Wow!! This book was so eye-opening, enlightening, and beautiful that I am left in awe and have no words to describe how amazing it was. This should be required reading for all Canadians. Let me start by saying that this book was about the condition of First Nations people in Canada and the united states. We as Canadians have always been told that Canada is a great country but this book takes a look at the impact of residential schools, the sixties scoop, alcoholism, poor housing conditions, etc. on modern indigenous people. 45 REAL people were interviewed for this amazing book and it really makes you think deeply about what Canada was really built on.... Native land. I can give you statistics. I can tell you that The United Nations reported that at least 1 in 5 aboriginals live in homes in need of serious repairs.I can tell you that in remote northern communities of the Inuit, the suicide rate is 5 times the national average. I can tell you that 1 in 3 aboriginal women are raped. But all this is just numbers. You simply HAVE to read this book to realize what this means. 'Looks like daylight' will open your eyes to things that have been kept hidden from you. Read it now. Pleeeassee read it. Also, Deborah Ellis is an amazing activist and I have read her Breadwinner series. I recommend her books to all.

SPL_Childrens Aug 25, 2014

Some of the stories are heart-breaking. Some are optimistic and hopeful. Some will surprise you. These stories are taken from recent interviews that the author held with kids aged 9 to 19 years from First Nations communities across Canada and the United States.

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Aztecatl13 Feb 26, 2015

"If the world thinks Native kids are worthless, then the best answer we can give them is to become the best- the best athletes, the best scholars, the best lawyers, the best parents- whatever. Not for them. For ourselves. To protect ourselves from all those negative messages."


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