He Who Dreams

He Who Dreams

eBook - 2017
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Juggling soccer, school, friends and family leaves John with little time for anything else. But one day at the local community center, following the sound of drums, he stumbles into an Indigenous dance class. Before he knows what's happening, John finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide. When he attends a pow wow and witnesses a powerful performance, he realizes that he wants to be a dancer more than anything. But the nearest class for boys is at the Native Cultural Center in the city, and he still hasn't told his family or friends about his new passion. If he wants to dance, he will have to stop hiding. Between the mocking of his teammates and the hostility of the boys in his dance class, John must find a way to balance and embrace both the Irish and Cree sides of his heritage.
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers


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Mar 15, 2020

Interesting story of John's dream to dance in the Pow Wow. Covers tough topics with care and sensitivity. Easy to read and thought provoking!

Aug 09, 2017

John is in high school and is involved in so many activities and clubs. But once he is enrolled into a indigenous dance class finds himself stumbling through beginner classes with a bunch of little girls, skipping soccer practice and letting his other responsibilities slide. He decides he wants to be a dancer more than anything, but he hasn’t told his friends and family about his new passion. I really like this book because it was different from different books, john was under anxiety of not being accepted into his family because of his different passion. This book was really fun to read, and I hope to read it again.:) Rating 4/5.
@momo of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

He Who Dreams is a great book that talks about cultural dance and aboriginal culture. Melanie Florence’s book is one of the amazing contenders for Hamilton’s Next Top Novel. John is a competitive soccer player trying to balance his training with family and school work. When he stumbles into a fancy dance class, something stirs inside of him. He wants to dance and explore his culture, but doesn’t know how he can fit it into his life without telling anyone. His process of discovery creates more conflict and trouble than John can deal with alone. This well written book deals with many difficult topics including facing discrimination and racism, and understanding who you are, and who you want to be. I really liked this book, and I’d recommend it to everyone for a good and educational read.
- @tacoboutbooks of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

As you can see from the book cover this story is surrounding the native culture. This book is not a history lesson or anything of the sort as it takes place in a modern setting, This book follows the main character John who has a rather normal life but hides a deep secret. His love of dancing (native dancing). This story is rather "clean" as nothing seriously upsetting or off putting happens. He has a pretty supportive family that truly wants John to succeed (not something you see in most recent teen novels). But aside from a good, clean and deep story there is only one thing that is lacking on the authors part and that is the writing style. It's more clucky than smooth and put together. Other than that small flaw this is definitely and amazing book!
- @TheCollector of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Megan_Library Apr 26, 2017

I danced for eight years at a professional dance school in Ottawa and was uplifted to the point of tears when Melanie Florence described John trying on his regalia and performing. I would rate this book 4.5 stars out of 5 stars as there were some occasions you could predict John’s outcomes. He Who Dreams is a breathtaking read for anyone who enjoys dance, drumming, pow wows, and traditional aboriginal attire. Enjoy!

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