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April Raintree

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  606 Ratings  ·  71 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.
Paperback, 184 pages
Published June 1984 by Pemmican Publications (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
Apr 18, 2012 Gerrit Maxwell rated it it was amazing
"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
Apr 06, 2016 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
I'm incredibly embarrassed that I had never heard of this story before, but I am so appreciative that it crossed my path. Beginning in 1950's Manitoba, this is the story of April and Cheryl Raintree, two sisters placed into the foster care system and struggling with their Metis identity. Although the characters are fictional, the racially charged stereotypes and prejudice that the Raintree sisters encounter is 100% accurate. I especially liked how Beatrice Culleton creates in her two main prot ...more
Lauryn Keen
Apr 18, 2012 Lauryn Keen rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jeremy Hiebert
Apr 18, 2012 Jeremy Hiebert rated it liked it
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
Wayne Inkster
Dec 15, 2016 Wayne Inkster rated it it was amazing
A story of reality. Colonization. 60s scoop. Systems afoul. Life. A poignant story of two sisters trying to survive barriers placed in front of them, year after year.
Haley Nakonechny
Apr 18, 2012 Haley Nakonechny rated it really liked it
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
Shania Mccallum
Apr 18, 2012 Shania Mccallum rated it it was amazing
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
Carlee Milljour
Apr 18, 2012 Carlee Milljour rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 18, 2012 Maria Moores rated it did not like it
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
Devin Lowry
Apr 18, 2012 Devin Lowry rated it really liked it
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
Apr 18, 2012 Joanna Huang rated it really liked it
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.
Tristan Klassen
Apr 18, 2012 Tristan Klassen rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 18, 2012 Kiesha rated it it was amazing
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.
Scott Stewart
Apr 18, 2012 Scott Stewart rated it liked it
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
Apr 18, 2012 Lord Gandolf rated it it was ok
i like this book because i didnt read it... it was read to me. id like it read to me again. THX TEACHER!!!!
Apr 18, 2012 Ted rated it it was amazing
good book
Apr 18, 2012 Melody rated it really liked it
I don't mind April Raintree. Even though there is a few deaths and a bunch of drunk indians.
Bobby Mcfly
Apr 18, 2012 Bobby Mcfly rated it liked it
I thought that it was a good book at the beginning but near the end it got really crazy!!!
Apr 18, 2012 Nic rated it liked it
could of been better, could of been worse.
Jesse Morrow
Apr 18, 2012 Jesse Morrow rated it it was amazing
I think this book was amazing
Colten Bamford
Apr 18, 2012 Colten Bamford rated it really liked it
Solid book ;)
Feb 06, 2017 c rated it it was amazing
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"All life dies to give new life"

I'm working with this book on my university research and I'm so glad to have chosen Beatrice Culleton as the author I want to work with. This book is extremely difficult to read at times because the things that happen make you feel extremely sad and disgusted with the world. I started reading with a smile on my face because I was so happy to be in contact with the book. I cried reading chapter 3 and felt my stomach turn while reading April's rape scene. Needless t
This book deals with reality that many Indigenous people have experienced. Unpleasant topics can be triggers for those of a sensitive nature, issues such as rape, suicide, addictions, colonialism...One reviewer said it may be a trigger for someone who has issues with's 2017 people! If you want a deeper understanding of the 1960s Scoop, loss of cultural identity, addictions, prostitution, suicide (Aboriginal people in Canada rank 1st place in the suicide department, especially ...more
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
Apr 16, 2016 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
* I will warn that the matter in this book may trigger some people. It contains rape, abuse, suicide and alcoholism. *

April Raintree is being republished in July of 2016, it was originally published in 1984. It is an adapted version of In Search of April Raintree for kids in high school. While it is a story of a reality that many people should be aware of, the subject matter is incredibly heavy for those in high school and younger. This is a story set in Canada and inspired from the author's ow
Laura Beebz
May 14, 2015 Laura Beebz rated it liked it
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
Bella Reads and Reviews
May 11, 2016 Bella Reads and Reviews rated it it was amazing
April and her sister, Cheryl, are Métis, a mix of white and Native American. Their story, told by April, starts in early childhood when they are taken from their loving, but alcoholic, parents and put into the Canadian foster care system. Sometimes living together, and sometimes forced to live separately, April and Cheryl experience both kind and abusive foster parents. April, who can pass as white, chooses to do so as an adult, while Cheryl, who exhibits more of the native features, develops gr ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Chelsea rated it it was amazing
April Raintree was a deeper, more complex read than I had anticipated, and I was not ready for the assault of education and emotions that I received.

If, or when, you decide to pick up this book, you have to be prepared to put yourself aside, your lives and privileges, and to dive into someone else’s life and hardships. As a Canadian, I especially feel the responsibility to know about the First Nations, and the connection we have and that we must uphold. And this book superbly delivered a heart-w
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