Looks Like Daylight

Looks Like Daylight

Deborah Ellis / Dec 15, 2019

Looks Like Daylight After her critically acclaimed books of interviews with Afghan Iraqi Israeli and Palestinian children Deborah Ellis turns her attention closer to home For two years she traveled across the United S

  • Title: Looks Like Daylight
  • Author: Deborah Ellis
  • ISBN: 9781554981205
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Hardcover
  • After her critically acclaimed books of interviews with Afghan, Iraqi, Israeli and Palestinian children, Deborah Ellis turns her attention closer to home For two years she 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,After her critically acclaimed books of interviews with Afghan, Iraqi, Israeli and Palestinian children, Deborah Ellis turns her attention closer to home For two years she 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.You ll meet Tingo, who has spent most of his young life living in foster homes and motels, and is now thriving after becoming involved with a Native Friendship Center Myleka and Tulane, young artists in Utah Eagleson, who started drinking at age twelve but now continues his family tradition working as a carver in Seattle Nena, whose Seminole ancestors remained behind in Florida during the Indian Removals, and who is heading to New Mexico as winner of her local science fair Isabella, who defines herself as Native than American Destiny, with a family history of alcoholism and suicide, who is now a writer and powwow dancer.Many of these children are living with the legacy of the residential schools many have lived through the cycle of foster care Many others have found something in their roots that sustains them, have found their place in the arts, the sciences, athletics Like all kids, they want to find something that engages them something they love.Deborah briefly introduces each child and then steps back, letting the kids speak directly to the reader, talking about their daily lives, about the things that interest them, and about how being Native has affected who they are and how they see the world.As one reviewer has pointed out, Deborah Ellis gives children a voice that they may not otherwise have the opportunity to express so readily in the mainstream media The voices in this book are as frank and varied as the children themselves.

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      • Deborah Ellis

        Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous and dramatic books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries She has won the Governor General s Award, Sweden s Peter Pan Prize, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California s Middle East Book Award, the Jane Addams Children s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award A long time feminist and anti war activist, she is best known for The Breadwinner Trilogy, which has been published around the world in seventeen languages, with than a million dollars in royalties donated to Street Kids International and to Women for Women, an organization that supports health and education projects in Afghanistan In 2006, Deb was named to the Order of Ontario.


    1. This book gives a GREAT insight into the lives of many natives from areas of Canada and parts of the U.S. I've never read a book that exposed so much by telling so little! Each of these kids stories really makes you feel for the kids and there situations. Amazing book, Definitely a book to read if your looking for a little biography about quite an unusual topic.

    2. Ever since reading the Breadwinner series, I have loved the books of Deborah Ellis. She is interested in the voices of children and as in several of her other nonfiction titles, she provides a brief introduction to the book and each young voice heard here, but for the most part, she steps out of the way and lets their words do the talking. Her focus here is Native children and teens in Canada and the United States, and she interviewed them over the course of two years. As might be expected, some [...]

    3. Essential reading. The subtitle is "Voices of Indigenous Kids", and Deborah Ellis interviewed youth from all over the US and Canada. She includes background information, but it's the kids and their stories that really shine. This needs to be in every school library and classroom.

    4. I've really enjoyed reading this collection of stories from indigenous children across North America. Starting with the Foreward by Loriene Roy*, to the final of 45 biographies -- that of Wassekom (aged 17) who tries to live by the Seven Sacred Teachings: Wisdom, Love, Truth, Courage, Honesty, Humility, and Respect, it has been an eye-opener to a form of racism perpetrated not only in the past, but in the present, not only by individuals, but by the government and industry, not only in the US, b [...]

    5. 4 months later, I was finally able to pick this book back up. It did not disappoint. The true, raw stories of North American Indigenous teens are captured throughout this anthology. Teenagers from all over Canada and the United States opened up about who they are, what they've done, how they feel, and what they hope for the future. The writing style felt honest. The words were written like teens talk, and the stories went well together while keeping their individuality. This was my first Non-Fic [...]

    6. I'm a high school librarian, so it's a given that I love talking to teens, which is probably why I loved this book so much. It's a collection of stories from Aboriginal youth across the United States and Canada - there's even one from a girl who belongs to the Aamjiwnaang community near Sarnia, so that was cool. Some stories are heartbreaking, some are uplifting, but they all have one thing in common - hope for a better future. It's inspiring to see how many of these young people realize how imp [...]

    7. After a while, I figured I got the gist of the book, but something told me I should continue on. After reading story after story after story, there is a great impact on the reader's heart. There are so many amends to be made for all the First Nations people have gone through. I think they will rise up though. I feel like times are changing for their entire culture. Perhaps that is why it is called Looks Like Daylight.

    8. This was so amazing. It gave a really good understanding of the Indigenous history and how it affected so many generations afterwards. Most importantly I thought was that it showed hope through these young people learning about their culture and history and becoming apart of this world that their ancestor created and was mostly taken away from the people that became before these young people.

    9. Wish I had read this a long time ago. I especially liked how Deborah focused on the perspectives and experiences of Indigenous kids i.e. the future of Indigenous communities. I hope these kids achieve all the goals/dreams that they chose to share in this book.

    10. Looks Like Daylight is a story where you learn about what it is like for Indigenous kids growing up. You get to see forty-five different stories and see how different things where for some of them. How they are trying to keep their cultural alive. This is a story how kids overcame the challenges that they faced and how some of their friends were not so lucky. This book deals with very serious topic such as drug and alcohol abuse, suicide, physical and mental abuse, and kinds in and of foster car [...]

    11. Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids by Deborah Ellis is classified as a young adult non-fiction book but should be encouraged reading for people of all ages. Deborah Ellis is a Canadian author, who has won numerous global awards. She is a well-respected humanitarian, feminist and anti-war activist who has travelled the world giving young people from far away countries a face and a voice in North America.Looks Like Daylight is a good introduction to the his/herstory of Indigenous peopl [...]

    12. These kids, of course, are amazing. The book could be subtitled "Native Peoples' Lives Matter." The stories, even the "success" stories, are haunted by an institutionalized racism that started 500 years ago and just won't go away. One young man in Seattle, for example, tells us he is the sixth generation of wood carvers in his family. Then he tells us that a cop shot and killed his uncle, John T. Williams, a master carver. It's like Ferguson (or Oakland, or Staten Island etc etc etc) all over ag [...]

    13. In Looks Like Daylight Indigenous kids tell young readers how they see the world and how being Indigenous affects their lives. Deborah Ellis travelled across North America, from Haida Gwaii to Florida, from Iqaluit to Arizona, meeting kids between nine to eighteen at their homes on and off reserve, at community and drop-in centres, schools, conferences, drug treatment centres, prisons, powwows and skateboarding jams.There are tragic stories of racism, abuse and addiction, violence, the ongoing d [...]

    14. While Canadian author Deborah Ellis is best known for her award-winning Breadwinner series, her books of interviews with children affected by conflict and violence around the globe are perhaps her most powerful publications. Her latest, Looks Like Daylight: Voices of Indigenous Kids, collects the stories of forty-five First Nations youth, ages nine to nineteen, from across North America as they discuss their lives, their interests, and their Native heritage. The stories they tell range from hear [...]

    15. (256 p), ISBN: 9781554981205 This nonfiction book contains a collection of personal stories from over 40 Native American young adults, these students represent a variety of tribes from all over North America. Each student explains the personal tragedy that their family and community went through because of the white man’s discrimination and governmental policy toward Native Americans. Most stories contain plain black and white photos of these students. Despite each individual heart-wrenching h [...]

    16. This would be a great classroom or community read book, sparking discussion and positive action. As a compilation of personal narratives, it could serve as a valuable resource for research -- the one thing missing is an index to quickly guide readers to specific topics.I don't believe this would be a natural fit for a student-choice book award list, as I really don't see many students choosing to pick it up and read it cover-to-cover. Although the individual stories are powerful, the fact that t [...]

    17. What I learned from this book is that the effects of injustice can reverberate for decades. In the 1960s and 70s indigenous children in Canada and United States were separated from their families and put into foster care. While the Canadian government has apologized for this policy, First Nations children throughout North America still battle these demons as well as alcoholism and economic hardship. Despite these realities the teenagers who contributed their stories to this book speak with posit [...]

    18. This was such a moving book with so many different stories. I appreciated the background information of the history so much! I feel awful that I barely knew any of this had happened in history and how times still haven't gotten much better. Deborah Ellis did a fantastic job at curating the stories and showing so many emotions. I came away knowing so much more about the Native American culture and the hardships that so many have gone through. The message of hope was wonderful and so uplifting. Ev [...]

    19. THANK YOU Deborah Ellis!!!Thank you for all of your writings.I have now been introduced to so many people in the world through you. From this book I looked up and read about Ta'Kaiya Blaney, the Acoma Pueblo (Kristin's story) and listened to and watched videos of The Métis Fiddler Quartet (Danton's story). All of the stories are unique and the samewe are all human. One of the stories quotes a sentence, "They may not remember everything that we teach them, but they will always remember how we tr [...]

    20. Excellent book! I learned a lot about Indigenous culture and people, from the girl who is growing up on the 40 acre farm, to the 11 year old who gives talks on the environment to politicians across the world, to the sisters whose other sister went missing and did not get an amber alert (they suspect it was because of her background as a white girl went missing at the same time and it was all over the media).I was trying to read a fiction book at the same time, but these stories were so compellin [...]

    21. I loved the personal narratives -- student voices -- here, and read through them quickly. Felt like Deborah Ellis was overly social-justice-y in the scope of this book and her commentary -- and I wish these voices had other platforms from which to speak!Important history, especially for Americans, and I was grateful that Deborah Ellis often just left them speak for themselves. Text heavy, though -- would have liked it to be more broken up, or perhaps a long article?

    22. Native teens from the U.S. and Canada reveal their thoughts about their lives and their relationships with their respective heritages, offering a glimpse of their courage, accomplishments, hope and struggles. From an incarcerated young man to a world-class runner with Olympic aspirations, their voices reveal both the uniqueness of their place within their countries, and the universality of the lives of teens in the 21st century.

    23. I'm going to admit, I only thoroughly read half of it. However, I wouldn't have even made it that far had it not been required reading for a class. While I understand the need to shed light on the unique issues that Native American youth deal with, I just couldn't get past the prose. Not my cup of tea.

    24. I thought this book would be so boring and long, but as it turns out, I was shocked and amazed to learn what these teens and kids have to go through. In some of their pictures, they look so normal that it doesn't seem like they've endured so much pain and suffering.n and again I am reminded of the cruel history of our world

    25. Nice collection of interviews with Native children and teens. More than half of these children have spent time in foster homes. The history behind the systematic mistreatment, extermination and abuse of Native peoples by white "settlers" is inserted as background for each story. These young people speak with understanding and hope. However, I am ashamed to be white after reading this book.

    26. “Writer and activist, Deborah Ellis, has given voice to youth around the world; this time she turns her efforts to Native American youth in Canada and the US, letting them tell about their lives in their own words and giving us a fuller picture of our multicultural land in the process.”—Helen K. at KDL’s Spencer Township branch

    27. Native American youths of all tribes describe what challenges they have faced and how they've coped. Each of these brief interviews contains both pain and hope. Ellis prefaces these passages with specific historical details of tribal/government interactions or demographic statistics for a variety of social problems. Excellent primary source material for middle grades and up.

    28. This is an excellent book. Highly recommended.This would be a great companion to The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian.

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