Looks Like Daylight

Voices of Indigenous Kids

Ellis, Deborah, 1960-

Book - 2013
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Looks Like Daylight
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For two years, Ellis traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews with children aged nine to eighteen. They come from all over the continent, from Iqaluit to Texas, Haida Gwaai to North Carolina, and their stories run the gamut; some heartbreaking; many others full of pride and hope.

Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, c2013
ISBN: 9781554981205
1554981204
Branch Call Number: 305.897 E
Characteristics: 252 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.

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Tribe: Many. For two years, Ellis traveled across the United States and Canada interviewing Native children. The result is a compelling collection of interviews with children aged nine to eighteen. They come from all over the continent, from Iqaluit to Texas, Haida Gwaai to North Carolina, and th... Read More »


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Mar 25, 2015

To be honest, even before I started to read this book, I knew that how the Canadian Goverment treated the Natives was a huge topic in debate. After reading this book, i felt that we had a curtain over our eyes and that mine had been finally opened. We all know that the way the goverment treats native americans was unjust, but its much more than that. The lack of clean water, and unsuitable living conditions. Those are basic human rights and honestly for the first time in forever, I am ashamed to be Canadian. These kids are all around the same age as us, yet they have suffered so much because of bad choices, greed and much more. Its really inspiring to see the kids escape this rough environment and speaking up in this book about their expirences

Mar 24, 2015
  • extreme_fangirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is my favorite red maple non fiction book! Educational and beautifully written, "Looks Like Daylight" shares the very real stories of 45 Indigenous people. I didn't know a lot about Indigenous people before, but after reading this book, I learned so much. They lived through poverty, racism, alcoholism, residential schools and much more. However, all of them keep a positive attitude, setting goals to preserve the land or help others going through similar struggles. This really makes you admire how strong they all are, despite what they've been through. Kids as young as 9 and as old as 18 are doing things that many adults can't, won't or don't do. Their stories are truly inspiring, all throughout the book I had to remind myself that those were real people going through real problems. I agree with Aztecatl13 as I also think all Canadians should read this and that you have to read this book of true opinions rather than look at statistics to really understand what is going on. Many ignorant people can benefit from learning what Indigenous people are really like. I really like how the author came up with the idea of interviewing Indigenous people for this book.

Overall, "Looks Like Daylight" is an absolute must read for everyone because it is so enriching and informative, everyone can benefit from reading it.

Feb 26, 2015
  • Aztecatl13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow!! This book was so eye-opening, enlightening, and beautiful that I am left in awe and have no words to describe how amazing it was. This should be required reading for all Canadians. Let me start by saying that this book was about the condition of First Nations people in Canada and the united states. We as Canadians have always been told that Canada is a great country but this book takes a look at the impact of residential schools, the sixties scoop, alcoholism, poor housing conditions, etc. on modern indigenous people. 45 REAL people were interviewed for this amazing book and it really makes you think deeply about what Canada was really built on.... Native land. I can give you statistics. I can tell you that The United Nations reported that at least 1 in 5 aboriginals live in homes in need of serious repairs.I can tell you that in remote northern communities of the Inuit, the suicide rate is 5 times the national average. I can tell you that 1 in 3 aboriginal women are raped. But all this is just numbers. You simply HAVE to read this book to realize what this means. 'Looks like daylight' will open your eyes to things that have been kept hidden from you. Read it now. Pleeeassee read it. Also, Deborah Ellis is an amazing activist and I have read her Breadwinner series. I recommend her books to all.

Aug 25, 2014

Some of the stories are heart-breaking. Some are optimistic and hopeful. Some will surprise you. These stories are taken from recent interviews that the author held with kids aged 9 to 19 years from First Nations communities across Canada and the United States.

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Feb 26, 2015
  • Aztecatl13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Aug 25, 2014

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Feb 26, 2015
  • Aztecatl13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"If the world thinks Native kids are worthless, then the best answer we can give them is to become the best- the best athletes, the best scholars, the best lawyers, the best parents- whatever. Not for them. For ourselves. To protect ourselves from all those negative messages."

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