200 pages / paper

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Nobody Cries At Bingo

ISBN: 978-1-897235-84-3

In Nobody Cries At Bingo, the narrator, Dawn, invites the reader to witness first hand Dumont family life on the Okanese First Nation. Beyond the sterotypes and clichés of Rez dogs, drinking, and bingos, the story of a girl who loved to read begins to unfold. It is her hopes, dreams, and indomitable humour that lay bear the beauty and love within her family. It is her unerring eye that reveals the great bond of family expressed in the actions and affections of her sisters, aunties, uncles, brothers, cousins, nieces, nephews, and ultimately her ancestors.

It’s all here — life on the Rez in rich technicolour — as Dawn emerges from home life, through school life, and into the promise of a great future. Nobody Cries At Bingo embraces cultural differences and does it with the great traditional medicine of laughter.

  • Shortlisted for the 2013-14 First Nation Communities READ Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Award
  • Shortlisted for the 2012 Alberta Readers Choice Award
  • Chosen for inclusion in the Best Books for Kids and Teens 2012 edition (starred selection)


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