Lillian is a girl of mixed Indigenous and white ancestry who has been shuffled from foster home to foster home as long as she can remember. At school, she doesn’t feel like she fits in with the white kids and doesn’t fit in with the Indigenous kids either. She finds happiness and a sense of belonging from a surprising spirit that gives her a chance to explore her traditional Indigenous ways.
This book for ages 8-12 speaks to issues of Indigenous reconciliation, foster homes and residential schools, language and legends, and Indigenous ways of knowledge. Over and above it all, Lillian is a complex but lovable hero.
Join us in store for a reading by author Lynda Partridge!
Lynda Partridge is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation. She is a mother a grandmother, a wife an auntie and a sister. She grew up in the child welfare system and spent her childhood in numerous non indigenous foster homes. At a later age she obtained an honours bachelor of social work (Native Human Services), followed by a Master of Social Work Degree. It was while obtaining her undergraduate degree that she found her birth family and reconnected to her Indigenous culture. This experience led her to the field of Indigenous child welfare.
What they say about Lillian and Kokomis:
"I love this book. I think everyone, not just children should read it. With gentle empathy and joyous hope Lynda Partridge paints the heartbreaking realities lived by far too many young people, while simultaneously generating optimism. She describes what is possible when we provide opportunities for generations to heal and lead us forward. The possibilities are both tremendous and endless."
- Senator Kim Pate, Senate of Canada
"This story is from the spirit and is a message for all of our First Nations relatives that it is now time to rise up and take this responsibility back to being natural helpers, and to nurture our children who are struggling"
- Robin Decontie, Director, Kitigan Zibi Health and Social Services