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April Raintree

By Beatrice Mosionier
Foreword by Murray Sinclair
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Orphans & Foster Homes, Prejudice & Racism, Coming Of Age, Suicide
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 15–18
Grade: 9–12
Paperback : 9781553796602, 256 pages, September 2016
Ebook (Mobi) : 9781553796886, 242 pages, November 2016
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553796657, 242 pages, November 2016


April Raintree is the story of two sisters, separated from their family and one another. Despite that, the bond between them grows, as they navigate a society that is, at times, indifferent, hostile, and violent. Through this work of fiction, author Beatrice Mosionier reflects the all-too-harsh reality facing Indigenous people today—as well as a message of hope, healing, and reclamation. Based on the adult novel In Search of April Raintree, April Raintree has been revised specifically for students in grades 9 through 12.

The first edition of April Raintree, published in 1984, has since touched many generations of readers, becoming a Canadian school classic.

Great ideas for using this book in your classroom can be found in the Teacher’s Guide for In Search of April Raintree and April Raintree.  A FREE copy of the guide is available for download on the HighWater Press website.


The telling of this story is a wakeup call to the need for Indigenous children to feel value and validity in their sense of identity. It's about what happens to those who can't. There is a sadness buried between the lines, and yet it is a story of resiliency, of healing, and of triumph. Every child should read this.

Senator Murray Sinclair

The first time I ever saw a copy of April Raintree was on orientation day of my teacher education program in 1984. We were handed a copy of the book and were asked to read it and come prepared to discuss it with our peers. April Raintree opened my eyes and heart to issues such as Aboriginal children and families being separated from each other, culture, and identity. The book as has rich story for students and educators and has a dynamic voice of hope and reconciliation.

Helen Robinson-Settee, Director, Aboriginal Education Directorate, Manitoba Education and Training