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 concept 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 CollectionBooklist
Selected as an AIYLA Honor BookAmerican Indian Youth Literature Award (AIYLA)
Among CCBC's Best Books for Kids and Teens list(2017)The Canadian Children's Book Centre (CCBC)
With her story, Jen moves reconciliation from a concept to an on-the-ground example of what reconciliation could mean, in action. 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 (AICL)
A cautionary tale about the consequences of prejudice and racism, Fire Starters is a valuable addition to conversations about the importance of reconciliation and the power of the truth.Roseanne Gauthier, The National Reading Campaign