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April Raintree

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  926 ratings  ·  90 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
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Gerrit Maxwell
Apr 18, 2012 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
Lauryn Keen
Apr 18, 2012 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
Haley Nakonechny
Apr 18, 2012 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
Devin Lowry
Apr 18, 2012 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.
Alex  Baugh
Two sisters who are half Métis and half white, and have been living with parents who are alcoholics and basically neglect the girls. When April is 6 and Cheryl is 4 they are taken away by Child Services and put into an orphanage run by nuns. The nuns don’t treat any of the children in their care very well, and are determined to erase any pride in their Native identity the kids might feel. Eventually, April and Cheryl are separated, fostered out to separate families. There they are both treated w ...more
Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you have read it. When someone lent me this book I wasn't intrigued by it and didn't find it looked all that interesting. Boy was I fooled! This is the story of April and Cheryl, two Metis sisters who's lives take very different paths.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Such an amazing book. I first read this book some 10 years ago in high school English class. It is a sad reminder of how cruel people are and the struggles some people have with their identity and trying to fit in. I love this book!
Kathleen Nightingale
Sep 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I can certainly understand how this book is making it onto the curriculum in Canadian schools. Extremely well done and looking at all aspects of how many First Nation people lived and were treated. One of the best books on First Nation people I have read. Thank you for writing this book.
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 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
Shania Mccallum
Apr 18, 2012 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 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 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
Joanna Huang
Apr 18, 2012 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.
Apr 18, 2012 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.
Tristan Klassen
Apr 18, 2012 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.
Scott Stewart
Apr 18, 2012 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.
Bobby Mcfly
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I thought that it was a good book at the beginning but near the end it got really crazy!!!
Lord Gandolf
Apr 18, 2012 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!!!!
Wayne Inkster
Dec 15, 2016 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.
Jesse Morrow
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I think this book was amazing
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't mind April Raintree. Even though there is a few deaths and a bunch of drunk indians.
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it
could of been better, could of been worse.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A powerful exploration of what it means to be native in modern Canada as we follow the lives of two Metis (mixed blood) sisters who take different paths in response to their heritage. The girls are taken away from their alcoholic parents as young children and placed in different foster homes. Some of these are very supportive situations, but not all, and school is full of bullies. Mrs. Semple, April’s social worker, chooses to believe the abusive foster mom instead of the girls and tells them th ...more
Morgan Connors
After reading April Raintree, I've got to say I have conflicted thoughts towards it, hence the mediocre rating.

On one hand, the concept of the story was fantastic and engaging. April and Cheryl's story gives great insight into the life of a native person and it sheds light on the parts of society that we try to cover and forget. The understanding readers get from reading this is unbelievably rewarding.

That being said, the writing quality ruined the book for me. Unimportant parts of the story w
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Two sisters, some messed up living situations and a predetermined future.

The novel April Raintree receives a 4 star rating because it has many important life lessons and symbols throughout the entire novel. The novel expresses the importance of spending time with loved ones because they may not always be there. As readers we see a lot of development and growth in April through her confidence and acceptance of her identit
Nikiesha Green
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think that this book is a good book, I would recommend this to my friend and family to read this book. In this story there are two main characters who are April Raintree and Cheryl Raintree who are two girl that go throw a lot in their lives, they were put in faster care at a young age because their parent were drunks and they couldn't take care of them. Cheryl was really young so she didn't really no why they were leavening their parent or what's going on ,but April was a little older so she ...more
Jessica Pratezina
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Halfway through I thought this book was just OK. Then I read a bit about the author and I started reading it as though I was reading letters from Mosionir. The book really reads more like a collection of letters or a diary. Reading it that way made it very moving. The second half is quite gritty and often hard to read. Ultimately it's a hopeful story but this hope comes with a heavy dose of pain.
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