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April Raintree

3.86 of 5 stars 3.86  ·  rating details  ·  473 ratings  ·  53 reviews
A revised version of the novel In Search of April Raintree, written specifically for students in grades 9 through 12. Through her characterization of two young sisters who are removed from their family, the author poignantly illustrates the difficulties that many Aboriginal people face in maintaining a positive self-identity.
ebook, 196 pages
Published by Portage & Main Press (first published 1984)
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There are some things we should read about from an intellectual point of view to make us educated and aware. Then there are issues that require good citizens to put aside their own lives for a few hours and experience the choices and feelings of someone else. Anyone living in Canada today needs to understand the Metis and our First Nations people at a deeper level.

I like the original title best. "In Search of April Raintree" really captures the essence of the story. Searching. Questions. Confus
Gerrit Maxwell
"April Raintree" is very interesting and is one of the best books I have ever read. It contains a lot of conflict and deals with the issues facing people today such as racism, alcoholoism, rape, and prostitution. I enjoyed how descriptive and true to life the book is. I haven't come across any books that are better at talking about these issues. This book is good at describing the conflict between white and Metis people of the time. The book describes the image of native people as being dirty al ...more
Lauryn Keen
I thought April Raintree was a very good book and it showed lots of different emotions and how people have to cope with all the problems that life throws at them. I really liked all the twists and turns that was shown in this book and how the two sisters relationship changed throughtout the story. This book gave me a better understnading of how some people live in the world and how lucky i am to have the life that i do. I felt sorry for both April and Cheryl in some parts of the book because of ...more
Jeremy Hiebert
This book has a lot of different issues in it. These range from people getting raped to people not getting along in foster homes and also parents and children fighting. I thought that this book was ok and I enjoyed some aspects of the book like when April and Cheryl would get together after being in their foster homes. Things I didn't like about the book was when April and Cheryl had to go to the DeRosiers and had to leave the Dions. I also didn't like it when April and Cheryls parents did't com ...more
Shania Mccallum
I thought that April Raintree was a very good book! It had a lot of action going on that always made me wanting to keep reading. I never wanted to put the book down, and that's very rare for me because i'm not usually much of a reader. But that just shows how much i enjoyed it. At times, its a very emotional book. April was half my age and she'd already gone more stuff than i ever hope i have to go through in my life. But April handled it very maturely and that's something to be proud of! Some o ...more
Haley Nakonechny
I really liked this book! It gives the reader great insight into what many Metis people have to go through in their lives. There were many times in this book that I figured that things for April and Cheryl couldn't get much worse, and then the author throws in another curve ball. You don't want to think about the fact that the events in their lives are actually happening to lots of people every day. I think it's a good thing that this book is written from April's point of view, because the emoti ...more
Carlee Milljour
I thought that April Raintree was an amazing book, that always had me sitting on the edge of my seat! It was a really inspirational book, and really hit me deep. It can be a very emotional book, dealing with emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual pain. The book is about 2 half-breeds that are trying to make it through society, while facing so many problems because of their past and who they are. If you connect well to books easily because you put yourself in the characters shoes then this wo ...more
Maria Moores
I didn't especially enjoy this book. It is about two metis sisters who struggle with their identity and that of their culture. This book covers many uncomefortable issues (rape,prostitution,suicide,ect.) I would not recommend this book to anyone looking to read a "clean" story. People who have been abused or have issues with indians may find this book difficult as it slashed open many healed scars for me. These same people may find comfort in this book in seeing that they are not alone in their ...more
Laura Beebz
This is technically a re-read, since we read this for Grade 10 English, but I had no memory of reading it. Re-reading it as an adult (having taken some Native Studies in university), I can see why it's so commonly taught in ELA classes in Manitoba, but I'm so conflicted about it.

April and Cheryl Raintree are sisters whose parents have to "take some medicine," even though they don't seem to be sick. The medicine makes them act funny, and one day, a few months after their baby sister is born, the
I thought was very good. i think who are into true stories would really like this book becuse it is based on a true story, this book always kept me interested there was not one page were i wanted to stop reading, my eyes were glued to the book the whole time, i think they should make a movie of this book because it does take place in Canada and i think the movie would be really interesting.
Tristan Klassen
This was an amazing book. It really opens you up to realize all of these horrible things in the world and how people don't really do much to help. I hope people would read this book to see the really atrocious things that are happening. I highly recommend this book to anyone because it is just truly amazing and it makes you actually feel like you are almost in the scene.
Devin Lowry
I have completed the book "April Raintree". This book is quite interesting. It is filled with many conflicts, and lots of discrimination towards the two main characters (April, and Cheryl). In this book there is a lot of racism towards Indians, and Metis people. This book teaches you the things that people go through in life, and how they deal with it.
Joanna Huang
I really enjoyed reading "April Raintree"! This book focuses on violence and racism. The characters are so dynamic and so true to life. I had felt sympathy for April and Cheryl, for all the events that have been ensued in their lives. I would recommend this for readers who enjoy reading dramatic and heart touching novels.
Scott Stewart
I thought that April Raintree was an alright book. i liked how in the book it demonstrates the discrimination that white people have against aboriginal people and the discrimination that aboriginal people have against white people.
Lord Gandolf
i like this book because i didnt read it... it was read to me. id like it read to me again. THX TEACHER!!!!
I don't mind April Raintree. Even though there is a few deaths and a bunch of drunk indians.
Bobby Mcfly
I thought that it was a good book at the beginning but near the end it got really crazy!!!
Liv Zacharias
we did this book as a class reading project and at first the whole concept seemed uninteresting and I was not looking forward to reading this book. but then I started it, and although it did not catch me right off the bat, it did draw me in, deeply. this is worth the read. I cried like a baby, it was beautifully sad. a genuinely amazing novel. I had to put the book down and cry for 45 minutes It made me feel so much. I love it. the message is beautiful and the characters are equally troubled as ...more
could of been better, could of been worse.
Jesse Morrow
I think this book was amazing
Taylor Brianne Flett
After having read this around the time I was twelve and plenty I re-reads after that. But it's been six years I last read the novel.

I decided to pick it up again, not the new edited version but the first edition I stole from my aunt's collection's of stolen school books. Yes, she was book-kleptomaniac.

From what people had told me of their opinions of certain aspects of rape, abuse, alcoholism and prostitution, it's too gritty for them or just too much. I don't fault them on that. There were ti
I read excerpts from the original, In Search of April Raintree, when I was in high school. At that time, I recall finding the section my teacher chose being drearily depressing.

Right now, I'm working on creating materials for a blended English course, and this version, entitled simply April Raintree, written one year after the original at the request of educators wanting more classroom-friendly content, is one of the options vetted and available to me according to more than one book list I'm e
While this book deals with some very important issues facing many Canadians today, the fact that it was rewritten for use in the high school classroom is problematic for literary reasons. There are many excellent points of discussion around the topics of self-discovery, addiction, family, and generational behavioural repercussions, yes, but this book lacks much that might be analysed from a literary perspective.
Additionally, I found spelling, grammatical, punctuation, and typing errors in this
Shelley HW
Powerful, hard to read through the hardship, but necessary.
Mosionier's unpolished writing style makes this book read more like an autobiography than fiction, which makes it even more powerful. The saddest thing about the story is how little things seem to have changed since it was written. The child welfare system is still a mess, racism against Metis and Aboriginal Canadians may be less overt but it is still solidly entrenched, the police and court system still makes it difficult for rape victims to come forward. This book is as important today as when ...more
Ashley Augustine
I cried and cried..I Truly love this book.
this book is not a popup sad ):
What a novel - it has certainly highlighted the despicable way in which the metis were treated within the latter half of the 20th century. The Childrens Aid Society in Manitoba just took these two girls and plunked them down with whatever family they could find, whether the families were suitable or not. That they separated the two sisters, just compounded the error. When one looks at the situation today, has anything changed? A resounding NO!!!!
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