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Fans of Jodi Picoult and S.E. Hinton will love Questing for a Dream, award-winning author P.D. Workman’s compelling and poignant account of Native teen Nadie Laplante’s quest for meaning and purpose. This thought-provoking and eye-opening story of poverty, prejudice and addiction will inspire readers of all ages and remind them that they are not alone.Nadie is a bright butFans of Jodi Picoult and S.E. Hinton will love Questing for a Dream, award-winning author P.D. Workman’s compelling and poignant account of Native teen Nadie Laplante’s quest for meaning and purpose. This thought-provoking and eye-opening story of poverty, prejudice and addiction will inspire readers of all ages and remind them that they are not alone.Nadie is a bright but rebellious teen growing up Manitoba Cree. Living in abject poverty, she tries to help care for the younger children in the band. Devastated by the drowning death of her little cousin and unable to overcome her grief, Nadie leaves the band. How can she find her own place in a foreign world where she is abused and discriminated against, and for the first time in her life, completely alone? By the author of the award-winning Ruby, Between the Cracks, this engaging and unforgettable story of Nadie’s journey to find a place in the world amidst heartache and hopelessness will inspire you to face your challenges with courage and become a happier and stronger person....

Title : Questing for a Dream
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ISBN : 9781926500539
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Number of Pages : 107 Pages
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Questing for a Dream Reviews

  • Pearl Angeli
    2019-06-03 10:50

    4 StarsQuesting for a Dream is a Young Adult contemporary book about Nadie, a teenage Native American Indian girl who lives in Manitoba Cree and is a member of the group called Nehiyaw. She's responsible for taking care of the children in the band and she's happy about it, until her beloved cousin Luyu died. She wasn't able to move on from her grief which led her to "rebel" and find herself somewhere far away from her native land. When she arrived in Winnepeg, her view towards life changed. She started to dream about enjoying the city lights and the places that are different from her home. However, life wasn't that good for her when she was away because she met people who took advantage of her vulnerable situation. She experienced abuse and racial discrimination.This book was such an inspiration. P.D. Workman presented a very compelling and realistic story about how Native American Indians live their simple ways and how they view life in general. In this book I learned a lot about their culture. How they take care of their sick in a form of medicinal plants and herbs. They even have what they call the medicine woman who serves as their adviser and who talks about how spirits affect their health. I especially loved the plot in this book. Things were very interesting in the beginning and it even became a lot more interesting in the second half of the book when Nadie went to Winnipeg and Calgary where she experienced real life. What happened to her-- being abused in a form of drugs and being racially degraded, was cruel and horrible, but it happens in reality. The author's writing was so good. At first I thought this book would be a difficult read since I don't normally read books with cultural substance but the way it was written in an engaging way made the experience enjoyable for me. It was fun to read Nadie's journey and her self-realizations. I became intimately involved and sympathetic to her as she took decisions after decisions.This book, in addition, also has its strength in weaving in life lessons. It made me realize that there's always no place like home. If you live away from your home and your loved ones, one day you will still look back and dream of going back to where your heart belongs. As a whole, this book was a good read. It provides knowledge about other cultures and it's something that portrays about living, enduring, and moving on. :)(Thank you to the author P.D. Workman for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!)

  • Veronica ⭐️
    2019-06-14 06:47

    A compelling story about Nadie, a Native American Indian, as she struggles to find her place in her close knit community and also in the wider community outside the reservation.Questing for a Dream is well written for a young adult audience of 12 – 16 year olds. The writing is simple but the message is powerful. Workman gets the message across to younger teens without being too graphic.I have to admit I know nothing about the Native American Indians however their problems are similar to indigenous Australian aborigines with the loss of culture and the disconnection of their youth.Nadie’s story could be told in any culture. Families’ letdown, struggling, trying their best and failing.A poignant message to all teens to stay true to yourself and don’t give in to peer pressure. It’s scary how easy a life can spiral out of control.

  • Rian Nejar
    2019-06-19 07:57

    An amazing book, very well written; a heartbreaking story of loss, suffering, and self-realization. Pam D. Workman draws clear and vivid pictures in readers' minds with her measured, detailed, writing. She describes a precocious teenage girl, Nadie, learning both of her First Nations culture and of the now-dominant European culture at school, struggling at the same time to be a mother to her baby sister and a caretaker, in a joint home inhabited by adults beset by alcoholism and irresponsibility. Finding little help from the elders of her community, or her close friend and schoolmate - a boy who prefers natural ways of living - who too suffers as she does from a lack of devoted mentors, Nadie faces an unbearable loss of the ghastly death of the one that gave her purpose and identity. Unable to overcome this tragedy, and troubled by the numbing, destructive ways her peers and elders cope with their personal and cultural loss, she runs away from home and its safety on a lonely, rather aimless journey. Nadie faces untold suffering on this path...and though she does find empathy and compassion amidst selfishness and exploitation, both she, and those who attempt to help, realize that only Nadie herself can address the wounds within, with fuller comprehension of all that leads to such wounds, and rediscover her sense of purpose in ways that are fundamental to her life. 'Questing for a Dream' is easy to read, flows linearly and seamlessly, and gives a stark view of the realities of life for First Nations people in their world now dominated by another people and culture. A story of great loss and survival, there are instances in the narrative where a sensitive reader may dread what comes next...and instances where one may be overcome with emotion, as I was. The clash between the dominant and the oppressed cultures is clearly portrayed, and so are bridges of communication between the two through human sentiment and compassion. It is a book after my own heart, very similar to my own work, that I recommend to the young and the old alike without reservation. I am glad I picked this up on a promotion, and will look for more of Pam's work...

  • Valicity Garris
    2019-05-29 09:09

    This is a very good book. I can honestly say that I enjoyed this from the bottom of my heart. I’ll admit, I’m a pretty lenient reviewer at times but I’m not playing this up. P.D. Workman takes a set of very plain, very typical characters and gives them much depth and meaning within a very simple world. Questing for a Dream takes place on a Native American reservation with teenagers Nadie and her best friend Mouse as the main characters. Nadie is a kind, compassionate girl and Mouse is a spunky young man both looking for their place in the reservation as well as the rest of the world. Both teens have their own struggles, Nadie witnesses a terrible loss in her family. Her mother leaves shortly after and during her mourning she makes the terrible mistake of abusing substances which disappoints her grandfather. Mouse, on the other hand, struggles with being the youngest in the family. Always having his older siblings to look after him, Mouse isn’t used to having to do things on his own. It doesn’t help that his mother frequently falls into depression either. We have the setup for one tragedy after another but P.D. does a wonderful job at highlighting the good in the lives of these teens. This story could have easily become dreadful and difficult to get through but I found it as intriguing as many of the action and fantasy books I’ve read. My most favorite thing about this book is that it’s all about minority characters. We just don’t have enough of them in the literary realm, in my opinion. As I mentioned before, the story takes place on a Native reservation so I had a good look at life in another culture. I myself am part Native American, Lakota Sioux from my father’s side and Chickasaw from my mother’s to be exact. So I was pleasantly surprised to see characters that I could relate to. Reservations pepper the US but not many Americans get such a close look at their lifestyle and culture. I greatly appreciated that aspect of this book which deserves five-stars all on its own. P.D. walks us through Nadie’s tragedy of losing a relative. I really can’t imagine going through such an event in my life but I think this author truly captures the importance of family and the toll a sudden death can have on it. Our characters are far from perfect in this story, they struggle at almost every turn but their reactions to the events and the way they handle themselves is very believable and realistic. Each character stays in line with their personalities and brings the proper emotion to each scene.I thought the development of Mouse’s and Nadie’s characters was great. I liked Mouse a little more than Nadie but that’s because I’m a sucker for struggling teen boys lol. I thought his struggles and his journey to ‘manhood’ were well explained and excellently written. Mouse’s part in the book, particularly his desire to be seen as a man, is something that stems directly from his Native roots so for me it was more of a personal enjoyment. Nadie’s desire to leave the reservation was something I struggled with as a reader. Being Native myself, I never got the chance to live on a reservation like this character so her entire ordeal tugged on the strings of my heart. P.D. did a wonderful job highlighting the ups and downs of a Native’s decision to leave the reservation. For people whose lives are so closely intertwined with their tribe, this decision isn’t as easy as it sounds. It’s not like moving out of mom’s and dad’s basement and finding your own apartment. It’s abandoning everything and everyone you know. Your family is left behind, your language, your food, your religion, your entire culture is wiped away. I think P.D. did an excellent job at bringing these struggles to light in a way any reader could understand and relate to—no matter their ethnicity or culture. My hat goes off to P.D. Workman for bringing such an amazing story to the market with emotional detail and intriguing characters. I would recommend this book to absolutely anyone.

  • Aly
    2019-06-20 07:47

    I have always wanted to learn more about the Native American culture. I think I learned a little more in this book. This book was great. This book was sad but gripping. I enjoyed the characters and the story line. I fell I cried with these characters and smiled when they did. I think the author did a great job with this book. * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*

  • Ana Meyer
    2019-06-16 07:02

    Insightful, is the first word to come to mind when talking about this book. I am in no way the target audience for this novel ( I prefer things to explode more... I mean literally let's blow stuff up) but it captivated me from the start. The choice of using a Native American reservation as the location shows a real understanding of a void into today's literature. This is a scene that many people don't understand or have misconceptions about what life is really like and the amazing relationships and struggles of these families. The three girls were very different and had things I liked and attached to about each of them. I was very impressed with her ability to bring them to life in way that kept my interest (without blowing anything up...major points for that). It is truly a great work of fiction that is appropriate for any age group.

  • Luke Taylor
    2019-06-20 11:48

    I was grateful to read a digital ARC of this, and P.D. Workman’s skilled narrative of Nadie and her poignant journey to wholeness is a thoughtful exposé of shattered dreams and tragic youth sure to resonate with every reader. Questing is also excellent for families to read together to communicate over the many problems facing youth and teenagers. Thank you Pam!

  • B.A. A. Mealer
    2019-06-13 10:03

    When I started this book, I wasn't quite sure as to what to expect. Having friends who are Native American gave me a good basis for what this book was about. The incidence of drinking and drug use on the reservations is higher than any other locality or ethnic group. Ms. Workman was able make me feel the emotions and despair of Nadie and Mouse. She also pointed out how the use of their native beliefs and healing is necessary to help them to move beyond the things which make them into addicts.It was a very moving book and highlights many problem endemic to the reservations. I highly recommend reading it to give you an idea of some of the problems and the solutions.The other things I noticed about this book was the excellent writing and editing. It was a pleasure to read.

  • InD'tale Magazine
    2019-06-09 13:59

    Easily one of the most thought-provoking and compelling reads of the year, Ms. Workman has written a masterful contemporary account of one native teen’s journey from home and the possibilities for hope even for those drowning in poverty, prejudice, and addiction.Read full review in the 2016 December issue of InD'tale Magazine.

  • P.D. Workman (Pamela)
    2019-06-15 13:48

  • Sarah
    2019-06-02 11:52

    Read my review in the December 2016 release of InD'Tale's magazine.

  • P.D. Workman (Pamela)
    2019-06-09 05:42