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Fire Starters

By Jen Storm
Illustrated by Scott B. Henderson
Contributions by Donovan Yaciuk
Categories: Young Adult Fiction, Aboriginal & Indigenous, Prejudice & Racism, Coming Of Age, Law & Crime, Boys & Men
Imprint: HighWater Press

Interest Age: 12–14
Grade: 7–8
Reading Level: Lexile HL570L
Paperback : 9781553796855, 56 pages, November 2016
Ebook (PDF) : 9781553796954, 56 pages, February 2017
Ebook (EPUB) : 9781553796985, 56 pages, February 2017


Fire Starters tackles restorative justice on a contemporary reserve in Northwestern Ontario.

When two white teenagers accidentally set fire to a gas station, their Indigenous classmates are wrongly accused. The truth slowly comes to light as contrasting systems of justice are explored—both the traditional ways of the community and Canadian law enforcement.

Fire Starters explores prejudice, racism, and what reconciliation could look like, "moving it from a concpet to [an] on-the-ground example of what reconciliation could mean, in action, in a small community" (Debbie Reese).


Among recommended Indigenous titles for building an Inclusive Graphic Novel Collection

- Booklist

"Storm's story is a very thoughtful look at the two systems of justice. The Native boys in the White system, being interrogated is a stark contrast to what the White boy experiences in the Native system of justice. It points to the path Storm is looking for: how a community can heal, rather than how it could punish and inflict more harm on people. .. I recommend Jen Storm's Fire Starters. There's a lot to study, think about, and of course, talk about. "
- Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children's Literature